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Camp lets students solve crime, save patient

Released: 05/13/2005

High school students will get the chance to solve a crime and help save an emergency-room patient during a two-day camp at LSU Alexandria next month.

Allied Health Summer Camp is open to students entering grades 9 through 12. It will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on June 30 and July 1. The $110 cost includes materials, lunch and a T-shirt, organizers said.

The camp is designed to expose high school students to each of the programs offered through LSU Alexandria’s Department of Allied Health, including pharmacy technology, radiologic technology and clinical laboratory science. The camp is a first for the department.

On the first day of camp, students will take part in the “Emergency Room Dilemma.” A patient will be brought into a mock emergency room with symptoms, and it will be up to the students to diagnose the patient in time. Students will work in groups as they play the roles of clinical laboratory scientists, pharmacy technicians and radiologic technologists.

On the second day, students will enter the “Forensics Zone” where they will work in groups to solve a crime on campus. They’ll start at the crime scene where someone was possibly murdered. Then, they will gather evidence and clues to unravel the case, which promises at least one twist.

The camp will be limited to 30 participants, so interested students are asked to register early. The deadline to sign up is June 10. To register, contact LSU Alexandria Continuing Education at 473-6495. A registration form and information about the camp are available on the LSUA website at http://ce.lsua.edu/alliedhealthcamp/

For general information about the camp, call LSUA Allied Health at 473-6466.