Adventures in Medicine and Science (AIMS): St. Louis – Raeann’s Reflection

Along with support from the Missouri Foundation for Health, NEMO AHEC was able to provide summer scholarships for students participating in health career & science enrichment opportunities during their summer. In return, they each wrote up a reflection on their experience — enjoy!

Author: Raeann from Green City

This summer I attended Adventures in Medicine and Science (AIMS) in St. Louis Missouri. This was a great experience for me, I had the opportunity to meet new people and discover the path I wanted to take in the medical field.

Throughout the week we were able to see live surgeries, cadavers, had several dissection labs, lectures, and the overnight students were able to go to the arch, go bowling, and see a live Tarzan musical performance.

On live surgery day I got up early and went to a hospital with a group of students. The hospitals were very kind for allowing us to follow them around and I was able to not only see one but TWO surgeries. The first was a laparoscopic hernia repair, and the other was a full hip replacement.

This camp really broadened my knowledge of medical terminology and the anatomy of the body and other organs. There were many speakers who came in to give us a more in depth knowledge of their specific profession and what they do in that field.

I would recommend this camp to any junior or senior interested in the health profession. I would like to thank you for allowing me to go with this awesome scholarship; it was greatly appreciated!


Funding for this project was provided in part by the Missouri Foundation for Health, a philanthropic organization whose vision is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves.