Published on April 19, 2022

Ozarks Healthcare to introduce Local Students to Careers in Healthcare through M*A*S*H Camp

Ozarks Healthcare will host a M*A*S*H (Medical Academy of Science and Health) Camp this summer for area students who may be interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. M*A*S*H Camp puts a twist on the traditional concept of a summer camp and gives students hands-on opportunities to explore different areas of the healthcare field and learn from physicians on Ozarks Healthcare’s main campus.

“While we had to put a hold on our M*A*S*H Camp over the past couple of years due to COVID-19, we are excited to be able to relaunch this amazing opportunity for young people in our area who are interested in any aspect of healthcare this summer,” Karlee Marvin, Education Supervisor at Ozarks Healthcare, said. “From surgery to clinical patient care, Ozarks Healthcare providers from multiple medical specialties will be onsite to share their experiences and offer interactive exercises to give students real glimpses into the healthcare field.”

The program is for students who will be entering into grades 7-12 in fall of 2022. A three-day session will be held for students entering grades 9-12 on July 11-13, and a one-day session will be held for students entering grades 7-8 on July 14. Lunch, snacks, a set of scrubs, and a certificate of completion will be provided to each student in attendance. Students will explore different healthcare careers, including orthopedic surgery, radiology, pulmonology, emergency medicine, rehabilitation services, primary care, nursing, and more. Ozarks Healthcare physicians will also provide occupational information to students, such as education requirements, salary ranges, and pros and cons about practicing in their fields of expertise.

Students interested in participating in Ozarks Healthcare’s M*A*S*H Camp must complete an application that can be downloaded and printed from Ozarks Healthcare’s website at A $20 entry fee is required. Applications, entry fee, and all requested documentation must be returned or mailed to Ozarks Healthcare’s Education Department by May 20. All application details can be found online at the link previously mentioned. Students will be notified upon acceptance into M*A*S*H Camp.

“Our kids are our tomorrow, and M*A*S*H Camp is here to provide inspiration to those who may have a passion for healthcare,” Tom Keller, Ozarks Healthcare President and CEO, said. “We hope this year’s camp sparks a deeper interest in those who are interested in providing medical care as a career.”

For more information, call Ozarks Healthcare’s Education Department at 417-257-6793.

Ozarks Healthcare is a system of care encompassing primary care and specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral healthcare, and home health services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire health system has more than 364,000 patient visits annually in South Central Missouri and Northern Arkansas. For more information about Ozarks Healthcare, visit

Dr. William “Andy” McGee, Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Ozarks Healthcare, leads M*A*S*H (Medical Academy of Science and Health) Camp students in pig heart dissection at a camp session in 2016.

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