Operation Orange Teaches High School Students

Operation Orange Teaches High School Students

Students learn vital skills for a career in the medical field. Students learn vital skills for a career in the medical field.

July 11, 2016

Firsthand experience, lifesaving skills and a behind-the-scenes look into the medical field is what high school students are gaining at Operation Orange, a camp for high school students who are interested in working in the medical field. The camp is held annually at Oklahoma State University.

Jessica Sorelle is a second-year medical student and instructor at this year’s camp. She explained more about the camp, "We’re here exposing high school students to what opportunities they have in the health field. We’re showing them some of the skills we learn as medical students and just hopefully sparking some interest for them."

The camp is free and the groups of students rotate through multiple medical training stations, one being the incubation station. Campers also get the chance to use a stethoscope so that they can hear heart, abdominal and lung sounds like asthma and abnormal heart beats.

High school student and camper Sarah Bollinger wants to go into the medical field because of a family member’s battle with cancer. Bollinger says Operation Orange is giving her the opportunity to witness and experience what it’s actually like to work in medicine, and it reassured her of her dreams in this profession. "I think this is really important because you never know if you want to do it until you see it, so you get to experience it and you get to know, ‘Yes this is what I want to do,’ or maybe, ‘This isn’t what I want to do.’ But today, I know this is what I want to do," she said.

Sorelle also added, "Our mission at OSU is to provide doctors to and to serve Oklahoma. I think starting kids young – letting them know that they can do it – is really important. Especially in Oklahoma, show them ways that they can go back and serve their communities."

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