Conway Regional Health System is currently taking applications for its second annual MASH (Medical Applications of Science for Health) program for high school students.

“Our staff is excited about the opportunity to share the world of healthcare with these students. I think it is awesome for these young people to choose to spend part of their summer investing in their future.  This is something that looks great on a college application and is the initiative I look for in future employees,” Angie Longing, the chief nursing officer, said. 

She said last year they participated in the one-week CHAMPS program and it drew high school students from as far away as Rogers.

"We are looking forward to holding the two-week MASH program this year and providing the students with an even more fulfilling educational experience," Longing said. 

The MASH program, held July 23-August 3, is a two-week summer day camp which introduces 11th and 12th grade high school students to the practical application of scientific theories and concepts to real life health careers, diagnoses and treatment scenarios.

"During the camp, students will participate in hands-on activities including dissection, casting/suturing and earning certification in CPR. Students will also interact with health professionals in family and internal medicine, nursing, pharmacology, laboratory sciences, physical/occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, radiology, radiation therapy, kinesiology, ophthalmology and others," a news release stated.

While there is no cost for students accepted into the program, it is limited to 30 students and based on academic, community service and other criteria.

Applications, due by March 30, are available at the Conway Regional Health Foundation, located at 631 Western Ave, but can also be found at www.conwayregional.org/classes/mash along with other information and criteria for the program.

The Conway Regional Women’s Council will host the MASH program; it is being offered in partnership with UAMS and the Arkansas Farm Bureau.

For questions about the program, please contact Conway Regional MASH Program Coordinators Lori Reynolds at 501- 513-5800 or lreynolds@conwayregional.org or Trista Spence at 501-691-5876 or tspence@conwayregional.org.