MCB CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton hosted its second Science, Service, Medicine and Mentoring (S2M2) Program from July 31 to Aug. 4.
Twenty hand-selected, rising juniors and seniors from Mission High School, Vista High School, Oceanside High School and El Camino High School spent a week at NHCP experiencing the world of military health care.
According to Cmdr. Emeka Ofobike, NHCP Orthopedic Surgeon and coordinator of the S2M2 Program, the purpose of the program is to offer a demographic of students who aren't typically exposed to careers in medicine a look behind-the-scenes of Navy Medicine.
The week began with an orientation for the students to get an understanding of what to expect, a welcome from NHCP Commanding Officer Capt. Frank Pearson and a white coat ceremony so that everyone felt like they were a part of the team.
During the week, students participated in informative lectures from hospital staff; interactive hands-on training and activities; a disability exercise during which the students spent 24 hours without the use of their dominant arm; one-on-one shadowing rotations with clinical staff in areas such as primary care, medical and surgical subspecialties, pharmacy, nursing, and biomedical repair; as well as an introduction to Navy fitness.
Before the close-out ceremony of the program, students presented group posters on healthcare topics they researched throughout the course of the week. Immediately following, everyone went around the room and each student said what their biggest takeaway was from the program.
For more information about the S2M2 program at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton please contact Cmdr. Emeka Ofobike at email@example.com.
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