The University of Arizona R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy opened its doors to middle school students this summer for PharmCamp, a free weeklong camp designed to inspire youth to pursue careers in pharmacy or other health sciences fields.
The camp was started in 1997 by Theodore Tong, PharmD, a professor of practice, pharmacology and toxicology at the Coit College of Pharmacy. The goal for the camp remains the same as when it began more than 25 years ago – to stoke the curiosity of youth toward career opportunities available in the health sciences.
During the week, campers visit the UArizona College of Nursing’s simulation lab, the Coit Museum of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center. Hands-on activities take place in the compounding lab where campers create their own sunscreen, lip balm and lotion. Nearly 50 students will participate in the two sessions of PharmCamp this year.
“I wanted to plant the seed early and help youth feel comfortable about the idea that they can attend college and attain careers in pharmacy or nursing,” said Dr. Tong.