What is Explorers?
Exploring is a worksite-based program that gives youth an opportunity to visit community organizations and explore the dynamics of various careers. Exploring is for young men and women who are at least 14 years of age and have completed the eighth grade. Participation may continue through age twenty.
The purpose is to help youth to develop and grow through activities that provide real life experiences in their field of interest. Exploring programs are based on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, service learning, character and leadership experience.
Every Explorer post specializes in a specific career program area.
- Medical and health careers
- Law enforcement
- Law and government
- Skilled trades
What type of activities will I be doing?
Calendar of Events 2014 - 2015
Meetings will take place the second Thursday of each month and will begin promptly at 6 p.m. and will be dismissed at 7p.m.
||Kick off Meeting/Physician
||Election of Officers/HealthNet
||Cardiac Cath Lab
||Kristy Fidler/Volunteer Services/Imaging
||Wrap-up meeting - Open Heart Surgery
Please complete the HIPAA education inservice prior to the kick-off meeting by clicking on the link provided at:
If you have questions, please email Debby.Roquet@camc.org or call (304) 388-3376.
REMINDER: If Kanawha County Schools are cancelled or dismissed early due to weather on a scheduled Medical Explorers meeting date, the meeting will automatically be cancelled. We will plan to meet at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
NOTE: Extracurricular activities are arranged by Boy Scouts of America at 304-340-3663.
What will I learn about in health care?
Students will learn about CAMC and its companies as well as hear about more than 100 health career opportunities. You will not only hear about the health careers, but you will also meet many of the professionals who work in these careers here at CAMC
As West Virginia's premiere medical teaching facility, CAMC prepares a variety of health care professionals to care for West Virginians. On any given day, CAMC hosts more than 500 students in programs leading to degrees or certifications in health professions.
While the care of patients takes place in hospital buildings with state-of-the-art equipment, it is a large number of hospital staff that provides the care, keep the buildings running and operate the equipment. CAMC's well-trained physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and support staff offer thousands of families convenient access to quality health care.
People enter health careers to make a difference in the lives of others. Students in our Medical Exploring post will meet and talk with many professionals who will talk about their educational and work experiences. They will also share their personal challenges and rewards relating to their profession. Students are also provided opportunities to tour our three hospital campuses and other off-site facilities, such as our Sports Medicine Center.
Charleston Area Medical Center is the flagship of the CAMC Health System. A non-profit, regional referral center with approximately 838 beds and 5,000 employees, CAMC has a distinct commitment to the people of southern West Virginia. View a snapshot of CAMC
Medical Explorers has been a wonderful experience for me. If I could change one thing about my experience, it would be that I had joined the program earlier in my high school career. Medical Explorers has not only given me opportunities to hear fascinating lectures from physicians and hospital staff, it has helped corroborate my desire to enter a career in the medical field. I cannot thank Mrs. Roquet enough for coordinating this great program. It is encouraging to see the passion she has to help students like me explore the medical field. I am always excited to be a part of the next meeting because our meetings are interesting and informative. I have greatly enjoyed our speakers who are always eager to answer questions and educate us about their field. My favorite presentation was given by Dr. Brown. She shared her training experience in the emergency room setting, as well as some fascinating hands on materials. Medical Explorers has had a great impact on my life. By seeing inside the medical field, I have developed more of a passion for helping people. It is an experience that will stay with me the rest of my life.
Medical Explorers President
How do I join?
CAMC is proud to partner with the Boy Scouts of America, who sponsor the Exploring program in Kanawha and Putnam counties. CAMC's Medical Explorers post has been active since 1979, and currently has more than 100 participants. We are proud of our program, which has evolved into a “club-like” atmosphere. Our goal is to provide students who are considering a career in health care or medicine with first hand information from health care professionals within our medical center.
We begin our program in October and meet monthly thereafter up through May.
For information, call (304) 388-3376.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer
If you are interested in Medical Explorers
Find up-to-date information about the careers listed below including nature of the work, working conditions, training, job outlook and salary by searching for them in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. (link to: http://www.bls.gov/oco/)
- Clinical laboratory technologists
- Electroneurodiagnostic technologists
- Medical assistants
- Nuclear medicine technologists
- Occupational therapist assistants
- Occupational therapists
- Physical therapist assistants
- Physical therapists
- Radiologic technologists
- Respiratory therapists
- Social workers
- Speech pathologists
- Surgical Technologists
Physicians and surgeons