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Medical Career Camp

Centra’s summer Medical Careers Camp at Virginia Baptist Hospital provides a week of hands on activities designed to introduce 20-24 middle school students (rising seventh, eighth and ninth graders)  to the exciting world of Healthcare Careers. Students have an opportunity to explore the various facets of Healthcare and the connection with math and science skills and knowledge. These activities may include:

  • Cardiology
  • First Aid / CPR
  • Infection Control
  • IV Therapy 
  • Marketing
  • Medical Laboratory and Pathology
  • Nursing Skills
  • Nutrition Services
  • Personal Health and Safety
  • Pharmacy and Math
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Radiology / X-ray
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Surgical Services
  • Athletic Training
  • Psychology 

Applicant Requirements:

  • Must be a rising 7th, 8th or 9th grader for the upcoming fall 2020 school year.
  • Must have a true interest in a career in healthcare.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (C average) or greater.
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from facilities each day for the duration of the camp.
  • Must complete the application found at this website by Friday, April 24, 2020  (5:00 p.m.), and include one essay as explained on the application. (Essays are the determining factor for acceptance into the camp.)
  • Camp Fee is $50.00, checks to be made out to Centra upon acceptance to camp. Nonrefundable after June 1, 2020.
  • Must have one academic reference (form found on the application). If home schooled this may be completed by any adult who is not directly related to you.
  • Must have updated immunizations to include two Varicella Vaccines and 2 MMR Vaccines. (Due at the orientation.)

2020 Program Specifics:


Dates: Must attend one of these orientations to be eligible for camp, no exceptions
Orientation is June 19, 2020, 1:00 – 3:00 PM VBH Classroom 6 or July 24, 2020 9:00 – 11:00 AM VBH Classroom 6 .

Camp is July 27 – 31, 2020.

Time: Camp 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Students cannot be dropped off earlier than 8:00am.)
Cost: Camp fee is $50.00 to be paid upon acceptance to camp, checks to be made out to Centra. Nonrefundable after June 1, 2020.

Campers will need to have money for lunch or bring lunch. 

Limited to 24 participants.

Dress Code: We ask that students wear the Medical Career Camp T-Shirt (provided at orientation); a pair of clean, presentable, fitted or belted, khaki pants or capris; and a clean pair of comfortable shoes (No sandals or open toed shoes, for safety reasons). No perfume or cologne for patient allergy reasons.

Location of Camp:

Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital
3300 Rivermont Avenue
Lynchburg, VA 24503


2020 Application Instructions 

Please read before completing the application. 

All applications and recommendations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., April 24, 2020.

  1. Download, print and complete the application. Fill out page one completely and have a parent or guardian complete and sign the parental permission to attend the camp, found on page 6, and the TB skin test permission form found on page 3 of the application. Camp fee due upon acceptance
  2. Please answer both essay questions found on page 1 of the application. Please remember that the quality of your answers is important as well as neatness, grammar and spelling.
  3. Turn in 1 academic recommendation (page 2) with your application. You may do this one of three ways:
  • Email your counsellor or teacher the link to the application.
  • Download the application and email it to them as an attachment.
  • Print the recommendation sheet off and have them complete it by hand.

Timeline: All applications and recommendations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., April 24, 2020.

Please send, email, or fax the application and recommendation to:
Lisa Stewart
Office of Medical Education and Student Affairs
1901 Thomson Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24502
(434) 455-2703 Fax

Notification of camp participants will be emailed the week of May 11, 2020. Acceptance letters with required paper work will be emailed that week. There will be a camp waiting list in case of cancellation by an accepted participant.

Questions, contact:

Lisa Stewart
Internship/School Program Coordinator

2020 Application
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