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Operation Orange camps take OSU medical school on the road

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences is headed to five cities across the state in June for Operation Orange, OSU’s medical school summer camps for high school students. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) was selected as one of the five host cites.

Operation Orange will kick off at NEO in Miami on June 2 and continue on to Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford on June 5, East Central University in Ada on June 9, Oklahoma State University in Stillwater on June 10 and Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah on June 11.

Operation Orange registration begins at 10 a.m. and camp begins at 10:15 with a welcome from OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum. Students will participate in hands-on medical demonstrations throughout the day and receive information on medical school admissions and things to start preparing while in high school. The camp is completely free, and lunch and a camp tee shirt are included.

The camp concludes at 2:15. There will be optional NEO campus tours offered by NEO’s student recruitment office.

This is the third year for OSU-CHS to host Operation Orange. The idea to take this camp around the state originated with OSU-CHS President, Kayse Shrum.

“Operation Orange is a fun opportunity for high school students from across Oklahoma to meet us close to home and learn more about our medical school,” said Kayse Shrum, D.O., president of OSU-CHS and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. “Our hope is that by showing students what it’s like to be a student doctor, we will spark an interest in medicine, so these students will want to become physicians here in Oklahoma.”

Operation Orange participants experience a day in the life of a medical student by engaging in a variety of hands-on activities, such as testing suturing skills, practicing clinical skills by listening to a simulation of a patient’s heart and lungs and studying the anatomy of the human heart, lungs and brain.

Participants also have the opportunity to meet with current OSU medical students and learn about how to prepare for medical school.

For more information about Operation Orange, contact Angie Bruce at 918-561-8320 or email operationorange@okstate.edu. To register for a summer camp, visit the Operation Orange website.

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