WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – On Wednesday afternoon, 13 local teens got a taste of what it is like to be on the scene of a car crash as emergency personnel. The teens are a part of a five-day camp in West Lafayette that is put on by the Area Health Education Program.
AHEC program director Janiece Stover said the camp is designed to help high school students explore a career in health care.
“The whole week has been such a variety of experiences. They are very challenging. They are thinking about health care careers and broadening their horizons,” said Stover.
This is the first year the camp had a mock car crash for the students. Stover said Indiana State Police helped organize the event.
ISP Sgt. Kim Riley said the mock car crash benefits the students.
“They are going to be juniors and seniors, and they were very interested in what was going on [and] how things were being handled. They asked some very good questions,” said Riley.
“I think this is an opportunity to see emergency medicine. To see a little more exciting perspective of medicine,” said Stover.
The camp’s main goal is to open the eyes of the teens, to see if this field is something they wish to pursue.
“Maybe medicine is not about being in a doctor’s office. Maybe it is not about being a nurse in a nursing home. Getting them excited, pursuing one of those and being very pointed about their pursuits,” said Stover.
Stover said AHEC plans on having the mock car crash in future camps.