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MedQuest Health Careers Exploration Program is a rigorously structured program designed for students who would like to learn more about career opportunities available in the health care field. It is a co-ed, residential, four-day program held on the University of Vermont (UVM) campus. Students will receive job shadow training, participate in interactive presentations and hands-on workshops. They will travel to hospitals and community health centers, take part in job shadowing experiences, explore and strengthen skills and resources for health career development, increase their comfort in health care and college environments, interact with health care professionals and students, and much more. UVM Health Professions students help staff the program.


MedQuest 2015 is New and Improved!


June 23 – June 26

Students will explore healthcare occupation s focused primarily on changing the health status of patients over time. They will attend workshops in Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Basic Medical Skills, Physical Therapy and Cultural Competency. They will be trained in Infection Control, Confidentiality and CPR/AED, and participate in Job Shadows. The program culminates with a Telemedicine Surgery viewing.



June 29 – July 2

Students will explore healthcare occupations related to the testing and evaluations that aid in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease, injuries or other physical conditions. They will attend workshops in Pathology, Diagnostic Imaging, Radiology, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. They will be trained in Infection Control, Confidentiality and CPR/AED, and participate in Job Shadows.



July 7 – July 10

Students will explore occupations that assist people with mental health issues. They will attend workshops on Behavioral Health, Inter-professional Practice and Cultural Competency. They will be trained in confidentiality and Mental Health First Aid. The students will be charged with completing a research project during the program.

Program Information

Applications will be available in January


 Listen to what our 2014 MedQuest students have to say!

Ateev Nahar, South Burlington High School, 2016





Julia Dunn, Mount Mansfield Union High School, 2015




In Other News…

MedQuest Introduces Vermont High School Students to Health Care Careers
Erin Post, July 2014

Exploring Health Care Careers
Emily Cook, Grad Challenge Project Report


If you are not from Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, or Grand Isle counties, but you are interested in participating in MedQuest, please contact your local Area Health Education Center (AHEC):

Southern Vermont AHEC (serving Windham, Windsor, Bennington, and Rutland Counties)
55 Clinton Street, Suite 1
Springfield, VT 05156
Phone: (802) 885-2126
Beth Brothers, Health Careers Manager

Northeastern Vermont AHEC (serving Caledonia, Essex, Orleans, Lamoille, Washington and Orange Counties)
347 Emerson Falls Road, Suite 3
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Phone: (802) 748-2506
Kim O’Connor, Health Careers Coordinator