WVSOM offers summer program to educate students about drugs

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) wants high school students to “Just Say KNOW to Drugs!” during its fourth annual summer program.

The one-week pharmacology camp will take place from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., June 27 to July 1, in the main building of the WVSOM campus. It was designed to educate ninth-12th grade high school students, as well as recent high school graduates, about drugs and how they interact with the body.

The basic biological sciences curriculum will help students exercise their knowledge through activities that utilize the school’s robotic patient simulators. Students will also tour the research and teaching labs on campus, learning more about osteopathic medicine. Presentations, debates and education interactions with current medical students are also part of the camp.

“The camp has become a fun summer staple at WVSOM,” said camp director Raeann Carrier, Ph.D. “In addition to pharmacology, high school students learn about other areas of science and gain insight into a variety of health professions. This year, with the support of the Governor’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Initiative, we can offer spots for more camp participants.”

The program is free, but limited to a class of 19 students. Those interested should submit a short essay about why they are interested in the program and include a letter of recommendation from a teacher by May 15.

For more information or to submit an essay, contact Raeann Carrier, Ph.D., West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, 400 N. Lee St., Lewisburg, WV 24901. Carrier can also be contacted at rcarrier@osteo.wvsom.edu or 304-793-6592.

This year’s camp is sponsored by the WVSOM Rural Health Initiative and the West Virginia Governor’s STEM Initiative.


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