REACH (Research and Explore Awesome Careers in Healthcare) is a hands-on healthcare career day for students in grades 9-12.  Students hear from a variety of healthcare professionals about their careers and the education needed for that career. While the students are with each professional, they also participate in a hands-on activity, such as learning how to give shots using oranges for practice and stitch up a chicken breast.

Since the first REACH camp in 2009, the Eastern Montana AHEC office has coordinated camps across Eastern Montana in nearly a dozen towns.

A typical REACH Camp schedule:

8:30am – 9:00am: Introduction
9:10am – 9:45am: Module 1 Nursing
9:50am – 10:25am: Module 2 Laboratory
10:30am – 11:05am: Module 3 Radiology
11:10am – 11:45am: Module 4 Physical Therapy
11:50am – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:10pm – 1:45pm: Module 5 Emergency Medical Services
1:50pm – 2:25pm: Module 6 Hospital Administration
2:30pm – 3:00pm: Wrap Up/Evaluations

Schedules are unique to each camp, and are intended to feature professionals and career options at the host medical center. Healthcare professionals lead each module and conduct a hands-on learning activity, typically for groups of 6-8 students.

The application process for REACH camp includes an assessment of the student’s interest in pursuing a healthcare career and their commitment to the event. Lunch is provided, and the entire day is FREE for all participants.

To bring a REACH camp program to your area, or find out more, contact us:

Eastern MT AHEC at RiverStone Health
Attn: REACH Camp
123 South 27th Street
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: 406.247.3284
Fax: 406.651.6418

Hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm