Overview

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MedStart Summer Camp

MedStart is a Montana AHEC program designed to encourage high school students who are in sophomore and junior grade levels to pursue their interest in a variety of healthcare careers. AHEC focuses on accepting students who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, low-income families, rural areas, minorities, or first generation college students. The aim of MedStart is to provide students - who may not otherwise have the opportunity - a chance to further explore healthcare careers, learn about college life, and realize it is possible to pursue higher education. Students often think of healthcare as including only “doctors and nurses.” MedStart tries to break down that stereotype by educating students on the large variety of careers available in the healthcare industry.

Curriculum sessions during the week include sheep heart dissection, blood typing, suturing on pig’s feet, job shadowing, and taking blood pressures. College Support sessions include a financial aid presentation, a current health profession student panel, and a campus tour. Recreation and Social sessions include a bowling night, a hike to the “M”, and trips to the Museum of the Rockies and Lewis and Clark Caverns.

After camp each regional AHEC office matches the MedStart student with a healthcare professional from their hometown in the hopes of establishing a mentor/mentee relationship and continuing the job shadowing process. Tuition with multiple scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available, contact your local AHEC regional office for more information.

Many scholarships are available, however, due to the competitive nature of the camps students are encouraged to apply early. NOW EXTENDED - Applications must be postmarked no later than April 1, 20162016 MedStart Summer Camp Application

After camp each regional AHEC office matches the MedStart student with a healthcare professional from their hometown in the hopes of establishing a mentor/mentee relationship and continuing the job shadowing process. Tuition with multiple scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available, contact your local AHEC regional office for more information.

The 2016 MedStart Summer Camp Schedule includes the following dates and locations;

  • Missoula:  June 12-16
  • Great Falls:  July 10-14
  • Miles City:  July 17-21
  • Butte:  July 24-28
  • Billings:   July 31-Aug 4

Montana AHEC Regions

MT AHEC Region Map 2014

Montana AHEC Program Office Western Montana AHEC North Central Montana AHEC
PO Box 170520

Bozeman, MT 59717

Tel: 406-994-6003

Fax: 406-994-5653

Director:
Kristin Juliar
kjuliar@montana.edu
32 Campus Drive
Skaggs Building - Rm 173

Missoula, MT 59812

Tel: 406-243-4746
Fax: 406-243-4141

Director:
Barry Kenfield
barry.kenfield@umontana.edu      

2625 Winne Avenue
Helena, MT 59601

Tel: 406-457-8018
Fax: 406-443-3894

Director:
Shani Rich
shani@mtha.org
  
 South Central Montana AHEC Eastern Montana AHEC      North Eastern Montana AHEC
2625 Winne Avenue

Helena, MT 59601

Tel: 406-457-8048
Fax: 406-443-3894

Director:
Natascha Robinson
natascha@mtha.org                             

123 S. 27th Street
Billings, MT 59101

Tel: 406-247-3379
Fax: 406-651-6418

Director:
Mary Helgeson
mary.hel@riverstonehealth.org      

11 South 7th Street Suite 241
Miles City, MT 59301

Tel: 406-234-1424
Fax: 406-234-1423

Director:
Christine Williams
cwilliams@montanahealthnetwork.com