The Richmond Ambulance Authority got the chance to participate in the Science Museum of Virginia’s “Girls in Medicine Camp-In” for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls interested in learning more about the medical field. The event featured hands-on workshops and a simulated public health emergency so campers could learn about infectious diseases.
It was a chance for the campers to see female role models in medicine and raise their interest in the possibility of pursuing careers in the medical field. 2018 data from the Association of American Colleges showed more women than men applied to U.S. medical schools for the first time since 2004. There have been great efforts by organizations across the country to increase interest and diversity in the field of medicine and programs like the Science Museum of Virginia’s are helping in those efforts.
The Girls in Medicine Camp-In supported by Bon Secours was a wonderful opportunity to speak to young girls about what we do and the important role EMS plays in the community. RAA gave kids a tour of our ambulance and showed them the lifesaving equipment used by our paramedics and EMTs to treat patients. We had a great time and hopefully inspired some future medics!