2018 Summer Camp

March 23, 2017
Scrubs Camp – Hands on Adventure in Healthcare

Sixty-three high school and first-year college students came from across Georgia to attend Scrubs Camp in Columbus, GA, June 12-14 and July 17-19, 2018. The Hughston Foundation, Three Rivers AHEC, and Columbus Technical College hosted two camps scheduled this summer for students who have an interest in the medical field, especially orthopaedics, surgery, nursing, and rehabilitation.

Every student received their own scrubs tops, which many wore to camp each day. In addition to tours of each facility and lectures, the students were able to experience many hands-on activities. Some of the speakers and topics covered during camp included, optometry, orthopaedic technologist, nutritionist, medical writing, medical illustration, radiology, surgical nursing, surgical technologist, physician and medical residency program, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic training. Additionally, the students enjoyed surgical technology in the operating room, emergency medicine and paramedicine, respiratory care, nursing, and obstetrics.

The Hughston Foundation hosted the program during the first two days. In the athletic training and rehabilitation component, students learned how to apply athletic tape to help prevent injuries. During the presentations, the students watched videos that show athletic injuries as they happened and how athletic trainers assist athletes immediately after an injury occurs. The students learned how casts are applied and how to fit different types of braces. They watched a demonstration of rehabilitation techniques, made their own thumb splints with the occupational therapists, and learned about concussions.

Some of the most exciting things they were able to do at the Hughston facility involved the knee and shoulder structures. A surgical resident discussed shoulder anatomy and demonstrated an arthroscopic and open dissection using a cadaver shoulder. Additionally, they watched a total knee replacement surgery that was narrated by orthopedic surgeon as he performed the surgery. The students were also able to try suturing techniques using pigskin in the wet lab and basic IV setup in the dry lab using simulators. The students especially enjoyed trying their hand at knee surgery using the arthroscopic knee simulators where they removed “loose bodies” from the knee.

The third day of the camp took place at Columbus Technical College where students had the opportunity to learn about the different associate degrees that are available and had a chance to observe “real life” medical environments and scenarios. Respiratory simulators were used for the students to practice doing intubations and laparoscopy simulation boxes tested their hand-eye coordination. The emergency medicine and paramedicine instructors showed the students their training facilities and talked about their experiences in the medical field. The nutritionist discussed the updated nutritional guidelines and advised on how one can make healthy choices on a budget.

The camp received excellent reviews from the students who participated and the planners are already working on new and exciting presentations and labs for next year. Program organizers and sponsors were The Hughston Clinic and Foundation, Three Rivers AHEC, Columbus Technical College, Arthrex, and Nuvasive, while Renasant Bank and Columbus State University sponsored the lunch and learn programs.


Thank you for your interest in our Scrubs Camp.

All camp slots for 2018 have been filled.

This camp will be offered again  in 2019.


  • I just wanted to thank you for coordinating the SCRUBS Camp again this year. My daughter attended for the second time this year. Her favorite parts of the camp are dissecting the cadavers, stitching the pig’s foot, and learning about a variety of medical careers. The amazing thing is that her and I have been brainstorming careers that involve a medical and art aspect. So when she heard about Medical Illustration last year, it definitely sparked her interest.


  • I do not have enough words to tell you THANKS. These couple of days have meant the world for my daughter.  I have seen a spark in her eyes that I have not seen in a long time. She loves to learn new things. Please, keep this camp going since we need a generation that can take care of us when in the future we will be old.  I can imagine the amount of effort and time for this to place. I just wanted to drop a Thank you note to you and your team, who made this possible not only for my daughter but made it available for our youth in Columbus this summer.


  • I just wanted to drop you a line to tell you how incredible the scrubs camp experience was for my daughter. Every afternoon she was so excited about the activities of the day and was eagerly awaiting what the next day had in store! After the third and final day, my daughter begrudgingly said “now what am I going to do with myself since there’s no more scrub camp?!” The experience was life changing for her! At a young age, she began to think she wanted to be a doctor After the hands on experience, she is now determined more than ever to pursue neurosurgery or vascular surgery. Your 3 day event has been a catalyst for her, instilling strong aspirations and the determination to succeed in getting to and getting through medical school. I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful program!!!