Mini Docs Camp is a free half day camp for school age children from ages 6-11 who first volunteer with a parent and participate in a non-invasive physical exam with a small group of medical students. For more information on the volunteer session please see the History and Physical Exam FAQ Sheet. To check availability and to sign up for a one hour volunteer session, please contact the coordinator at MiniDocsCamp@med.ualberta.ca. Please note a parking pass or bus tickets (your choice) are provided for the volunteer session.
During the Mini Docs Camp, the children will rotate through stations and learn about what it is like to be a medical student, as well as all about different body systems such as the heart, lungs, muscles, bones, digestive, immune and sensory systems. There will be plenty of hands-on activities, and the children will also get a chance to practice what they have learned by diagnosing and treating some mock patients.
The Mini Docs Camp will be held on a Saturday in May 6, 2017 from 08:45 am to approximately 2:45 pm. Supervision is provided 15 minutes before camp starts and 15 minutes after camp finishes. The camp is administered by the Medical Education Specialist with the MD Program at University of Alberta and all stations are facilitated by first and second year medical students.
Pick-up and Drop-off
Campers can be dropped off and picked up at the Zeidler Ledcor Centre at the University of Alberta. The Zeidler Ledcor building is located on the west side of 112 street and south of 87 avenue, just outside the University of Alberta 112 street front entrance. Paid parking is available in Lot C on the west side of the building, accessed from 112 street only. For a map of the area and parking rates, click here. As well you can occasionally find meter parking out front. Parking Tickets for Lot C can be purchased at the machine there. It accepts cash, Visa, MC, and Amex. Come to the 3rd floor of the Zeidler Ledcor Building and look for the Mini Docs Camp signs. Instructors and other campers will be waiting for you!
Campers will need to bring their own food for the lunch break. In order to minimize the risk of allergic reactions, we ask that campers refrain from bringing any nut products for snack time. We provide a morning snack consisting of fruit, yogurt, cheese, crackers, granola bars and juice boxes- some gluten free items are also available.
For information and to register for the volunteer session and the camp please do the following:
- Email the coordinator at MiniDocsCamp@ualberta.ca and provide a number and time you can be reached at to book your child's volunteer session.
Please note volunteers are only required on the two dates above. If you and your child cannot attend a volunteer session during these two days, we cannot provide your child with a pass to the Mini Docs Camp.
As the medical students and the pediatrician will be depending upon you and your child attending the pre-booked volunteer session, we ask that you give as much advanced warning as possible of a cancellation. If you cancel your volunteer session you will not be able re-book into another session. Should the physician need to cancel the session, we will do our best to notify you as soon as possible and re-book you into another volunteer session if available.
Should your volunteer session be cancelled and we are not able to re-book you into another volunteer session, your child will not receive a pass to the Mini Docs Camp and can no longer attend the camp. Typically, sessions are not cancelled.
Camp registration can be cancelled by you at anytime. In the unlikely event that there is too little interest in the volunteer sessions, we reserve the right to cancel the Mini Docs Camp. Plenty of notification will be provided to you should the camp be cancelled.
In order to ensure the health and safety of all campers and staff, we reserve the right to send sick campers home.
Any camper displaying flu like symptoms including headache, chills, cough followed by fever, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, muscle aches and fatigue, runny nose, watery eyes and sore throat may be asked to leave camp. When symptoms are first noticed, the instructors will notify parents immediately. The camper will be allowed to remain at camp, supervised in the sick bay until their parent/guardian can pick them up.