KALISPELL, Mont. - Kalispell Regional Medical Center hosted Thompson Falls and Eureka Junior High School students for a hands-on experience in the medical field.
Students spent the day rotating through various departments, learning about different medical procedures.
We were there as they reviewed X-rays and performed procedures on hospital mannequins.
Program coordinator Martha Robertson says middle school is the perfect age to get students thinking about their future.
"It's really important to get to them before their junior year for college. By that time, they've already established what route they're going to take as far as their post-secondary studies go. The REACH program is part of our pipeline programs which feed into the post-secondary. We're trying to get that bridge between the high school and post-secondary system," said Robertson.
The program hosts students from rural schools in western Montana.
In total more than 400 students will participate in the hospital's REACH program.