High school students from all over the state traveled up to five hours to Rhinelander, Wis., for The Pulse: Health Careers Camp June 23-26, sponsored by the Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (AHEC).

Maria Tiede, of River Falls, and Charlotte Beck, of Hudson, were among the students to attend the event, in addition to students from Loyal, Waupaca, Edgar, Colfax, Miltown, Grantsburg, Augusta, Mosinee, Schofield, Weston, Merrill, Marshfield, Amherst Junction, Beaver Dam and Argonne.

The first day of the camp, students traveled to Wausau where they were able to explore health careers and have hands-on experiences with simulation mannequins at Northcentral Technical College and Aspirus. The next day, the students traveled to Ashland where they toured Memorial Medical Center/Essentia Health, NorthLakes Community Clinic, and Hickman Chiropractic & Wellness Center. On the final day of the camp, students stayed in the Rhinelander area and visited the Human Service Center, Oneida County Public Health Department and Nicolet College.

Students left the Health Careers Camp with a better understanding of the variety of growing opportunities in the health sciences industry and the need for providers in rural areas in order to improve access to healthcare. The camp was hosted by Northwest, Northern Highland & North Central WI Area Health Education Centers (AHEC). For more information about Wisconsin AHEC and their programs go to ahec.wisc.edu.