Nineteen students between the ages of 12 and 14 took part in Healthcare Explorers Day Camp, hosted last month by Health City Cayman Islands.
The free camp, which gave local youth the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the East End hospital and a preview of a career in healthcare, was held on Aug. 20.
“It’s important to encourage our youth here in the Cayman Islands to consider medicine as a career choice. At Health City, we pride ourselves on career development and continued learning and skill enhancement, so a day like the Healthcare Explorers Day Camp is very close to our hearts,” Dr. Chandy Abraham, Health City’s facility director and head of medical services, said in a press release.
Dr. Irka Ebanks, a Caymanian doctor at Health City, opened the event with a discussion of her medical career path. MLA Winston Connolly also spoke to the students about healthcare as a career choice and discussed the government’s plans to assist more Caymanians in the medical field.
The students also met with a speciality doctor in a field of their choice.
Several students also won prizes donated by the Cayman Turtle Farm and Dolphin Discovery.
Health City plans to make the day camp an annual event, as “the day was a huge success,” according to the press statement.
Gene Thompson, Health City project director and the sponsor of the program, spoke to students at the end of the day, encouraging them to continue to study hard.
“These are our future doctors, so it is important to nurture their interest,” Mr. Thompson said in the press release. “As I said to the students, hopefully in the years to come, some of them will be here, practicing medicine at Health City, telling other students about their career path to becoming a surgeon.”
Health City also hosted 23 college and high school seniors in a two-week internship program this summer.