Overview

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. 

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.

Medstart Applications for 2020 are now open!

2020 MedStart Summer Camp Schedule
Location College / University Date
Missoula University of Montana June 7th - 11th 
Great Falls University of Providence / Great Falls College MSU June 14th - 18th
Miles City  Miles Community College July 12th - 16th 
Butte & Helena Montana Tech & Carroll College July 19th  24th 
Billings Montana State Universty- Billings July 26th - 30th

  

Interested in a MedStart Summer Camp?

Contact the nearest AHEC Director for more information.

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