2018 Summer Camp

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

Thirty-three high school and first-year college students came from across Georgia to attend Scrubs Camp in Columbus, GA, June 12-14, 2018. The Hughston Foundation, Three Rivers AHEC, and Columbus Technical College hosted the first of 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 were taught how casts are applied and different types of braces are fitted properly, got to see 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 and 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 next camp scheduled for July 17-19, is already booked solid. 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.

2018 Summer Camp Agenda