M.A.S.H. program helps Cenla high schoolers explore medical careers

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Central Louisiana high school students are getting a head start on their medical careers this week. The 'M.A.S.H.' program, or medical application of science for health, is a two-week summer course held by LSUA and Central Louisiana AHEC.

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Students must apply for the course where they explore all aspects of the medical field. They learn about blood typing, pharmacy and how an EKG works. They also spent time on forensic science. Students were able to do a facial reconstruction activity and identify male and female skeletons.

At the end of the course, students have a chance to take an exam and receive three college credits. Many of them said the program has opened their eyes to jobs they hadn't considered.

"I've just always aspired to be in the medical profession, someway somehow," said Simpson High School Senior LaKin Ogilvie. "I just thought that I could go and do M.A.S.H and see what else it has to offer me. I know that the programs have brought light to so many more aspects of the hospital world."

Students accepted into the program only pay a $20 registration fee. M.A.S.H. is going on its fourth year.

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