Gerber Foundation to support the 2019 OsteoCHAMPS summer camp at Michigan State University
The Gerber Foundation will be offering 2 scholarships for attendance at the 2019 OsteoChamps summer camp to be held at the MSU campus in East Lansing mid-July. This is open to any Newaygo County Sophomore or Junior student interested in entering a health-related field.
OsteoChamps is an intense 9-day summer program of the Osteopathic Medical School at Michigan State University. The program provides a range of instruction in the health sciences for students interested in entering one of the many healthcare fields.
Last year Savannah Medlin of White Cloud and Nathaniel Anderson of Fremont attended the camp and both agreed it was an inspirational experience. Nathaniel mentioned that he was able to attend all sorts of hands-on informational sessions to see what it would be like to be a doctor. Savannah had a hard time choosing just one favorite thing about camp. “From EMT rotations, to phlebotomy, to research projects, everything was educational and will most definitely help my future Osteopathic profession. The OsteoCHAMPS program has not only broadened my views and knowledge of the Osteopathic medical field, but it has also helped me to narrow down what I want to do and be in my life.”
In addition to the summer camp, the program offers mentoring throughout the student’s college career. Dr. Aguwa, who began the program in 2000 says, “We want to be part of their academic and professional progression. That way, we can track them, mentor them, and let them know that they have a significant support system.”
The curriculum in the OsteoChamps program includes courses, hands-on activities and field trips where attendees learn about anatomy and physiology, mathematics, medical research, physical examination skills, interviewing, resume writing, and general study skills.
Only 50 students may attend the program, selected from a pool of over 120 applicants from across the state. The application process will open November 1 and students must apply through the MSU website at http://www.com.msu.edu/OsteoCHAMPS/. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2019. Once selected by the program, The Gerber Foundation will be notified and will make a selection on those that will be funded by their scholarship. For questions, please contact the Osteochamps program at firstname.lastname@example.org or The Gerber Foundation at 231.924.3175.