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.
The cost to attend MedQuest is $500.00, and partial scholarships are available. 10th and 11th grade students from Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle counties are invited to apply.
June 19-22, 2017
Students will explore healthcare occupations focused primarily on changing the health status of patients over time. They will attend workshops in Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Basic Medical Skills, and Physical Therapy. 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 26-29, 2017
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, Medical Lab Sciences, Diagnostic Imaging, Phlebotomy and Nutrition. They will be trained in Infection Control, Confidentiality and CPR/AED, and participate in Job Shadows. The program culminates with a Telemedicine Surgery viewing.
July 10-13, 2017
Students will explore occupations that assist people with mental health issues. They will attend workshops on Behavioral Health, Social Work, Memory Loss and Substance Abuse. They will be trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid. The students will participate in shadow experiences and mental health case simulations.
The application deadline was March 10th, 2017
Please contact Judy Contompasis, Health Careers Educator, with any questions, comments, or concerns.
Are you a graduate or undergraduate health professions student who would like to be involved in MedQuest 2016?
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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
MedQuest is supported by these generous partners:
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Community Health Centers of Burlington
Counseling Services of Addison County
Dee Physical Therapy
Northwestern Medical Center
Northwestern Counseling and Support Services
Spectrum Youth & Family Services
The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont
The University of Vermont Medical Center
UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences
UVM Office of Primary Care and AHEC Program
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
Vermont Technical College
The Vermont Women’s Fund