July 6, 2012

Maury Regional Medical Center presents MASH program

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – The Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) Medical Application of Science for Health (M*A*S*H) program held its graduation on June 22. The two-week program was sponsored by MRMC and the medical center’s Auxiliary.

The M*A*S*H program, held June 11-22, encourages high school students to explore the application of scientific concepts to the health care field. Students interact with health care experts, such as physicians, nurses, medical technologists, radiologic technologists, respiratory therapists and pharmacists.

During the two-week program, students complete certification in basic first aid and basic life support (CPR) as well as learn to identify some of the various health care disciplines, what they do, how they relate to one another, and how the fundamentals of anatomy, biology, pharmacology and physiology work in each discipline.

“M*A*S*H demonstrates that students can pursue challenging career opportunities in their own communities,” said Sarah Harris Barry, assistant director of volunteer services at MRMC. “Many students may feel that highly technical equipment and corresponding technicians are only available in large, urban areas. By participating in the M*A*S*H program, students can observe the availability of various types of medical equipment and treatment and the need for appropriately trained professionals in their own community.”

As part of the program, a mock traffic accident and emergency response drill was staged on Tradewinds Drive. The exercise allowed students to see the coordinated response that occurs at an emergency scene as well as the way medical treatment is provided in the Emergency Department. Agencies involved in the event included Columbia Fire Department, Columbia Police Department, Maury County 911, Maury County Board of Education, Maury County Emergency Management Agency, Maury Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Vanderbilt LifeFlight, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Tennessee Highway Patrol and Tennessee Organ Donors, as well as MRMC staff and volunteers.

Applications for the next M*A*S*H program in the summer of 2013 will be available in the Volunteer Services office at MRMC in February.