June 29, 2011


COLUMBIA, Tenn. – The Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) Medical Application of Science for Health (M*A*S*H) program held its graduation on June 24. The two-week program was sponsored by the MRMC Auxiliary and Tennessee Rural Health.

M*A*S*H encourages young people to explore the application of scientific concepts to the health care field. Through a variety of experiences, the students interact with health care experts, such as physicians, nurses, medical technologists, radiologic technologists, respiratory therapists and pharmacists. Each professional provides students with practical information concerning basic scientific theories relative to their fields. Emphasis is on components and functions of the health care team in an interdisciplinary approach.

Reinforcement of the connection of the basic sciences to medical diagnosis and treatment occurs through lectures, labs and clinical interaction. Exposure to different areas of medicine and health-related professions is an integral part of the M*A*S*H experience. Students learn to identify 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.”

Applications for the next M*A*S*H program in the summer of 2012 will be available in the Volunteer Services office at MRMC in February.