CDC Disease Detective Camp

We got to really see
the real CDC. It definitely helped me
decide a little bit where I want to go
in the future. It’s a great experience, and honestly, I think
it would change someone’s life. I applied for
the Disease Detective Camp because I was always really
interested in the CDC’s work. I’d read some books
about what they do, and I was really interested
in the epidemic side of it, to learn about outbreaks and
how they’re caused and spread. But then, I got here,
and I realized that there are so many
other opportunities available. Open to upcoming high-school
juniors and seniors, the CDC Disease Detective Camp
explores… careers in public health,
basic epidemiology terms, infectious and chronic disease
tracking, public health law,
and outbreak investigations. The Disease Detective Camp
allows me to bridge that gap between an idea
that I knew I liked and actually how I could
find a career path that would help me do that. I came here
because I was not sure whether I was interested
in the science in medicine or the public-policy part, and I learned
that I could combine the two. I would say my favorite part of
the camp was the PulseNet labs, where we got to see what
the biologists and the chemists get to do in the lab, and they get to work with
real viruses and bacteria and figure out which one matches to see if it’s an outbreak
or not. My favorite part
was the global health fair. It’s a great opportunity to see
different perspectives and, around the world, what you
can do to change people’s lives. Hearing the different speakers,
I thought — that was my favorite part, to hear, like, people that were
actually involved with the smallpox eradication — I mean, that’s just amazing
to be able to hear them and to see them,
like, in person. My favorite part
was actually trying on the hazardous-materials suit. It’s actually harder
to get into, and moving around makes me
really admire the people. I was very impressed by how
high-tech everything looked. There are huge TV screens
everywhere. And it really made you feel like you were in the middle of some
sort of government operation, trying to figure out, you know,
the next pandemic. Well, one of my favorite parts was the Epidemic Intelligence
Service, when they talked. They told us what they did,
and it just sounded really nice because I would like to travel
when I get older, and it sounds like
that’s something that they do. Well, my favorite,
if I had to pick, would be, probably,
the press conference because it was
a firsthand experience of how the CDC communicates
with the public. My favorite session was… [ Sighs ] Hmm. I don’t know.
I really liked all of them. I thought the CDC Camp
was really awesome. It was really
a great learning experience. When I heard about it, I didn’t really know what
epide– epidemiology was. I had never really heard of it,
and then I came here, and I’m thinking about
majoring in it now. It sounds really awesome. If you’re looking for something
fun to do over the summer, come to the CDC Camp and don’t spend your time
just watching TV at home because it’s really interesting and you’ll learn
a lot of fun stuff. Actually, I’m thinking about
being an epidemiologist now, after learning so much about it.

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