Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Southern VT AHEC has made the decision to cancel our residential MedQuest programs for the summer of 2021.  This was a difficult decision, but one made with the safety and health of students and staff in mind.  We look forward to MedQuest being back better than ever for the summer of 2022!  In the meantime, we have your health career exploration needs covered with our newly developed online program called MedQ Explore.   

Click here for more information on this exciting new program.

High School Student Exploration Program

  • 6-day residential at Castleton University or Landmark College
  • Grades 10-12
  • Shadow healthcare professionals
  • Learn medical skills
  • Become CPR certified
  • Learn about your options for college
  • Staffed by graduate-level health professions students
  • Students from Addison, Rutland, Bennington, Windham and Windsor Counties are eligible to attend either session
  • Scholarships awarded based on need and availability

Program Goals

  • EXPLORE a variety of careers and opportunities in health care from the well-known careers to the unexpected. Through workshops and job shadows, students will have an opportunity to see a variety of careers in the health care workforce. Students will also learn some basic medical skills, medical terminology and be introduced to a variety of career and education tracks.
  • SHADOW health care professionals in their work setting. Students will participate in 4 three-hour job shadows throughout the week. These shadows will allow students to experience some of the careers that they have identified as interests and also some exploration of careers they may have never thought about.
  • INCREASE AWARENESS of personal interests, values and skills in relation to health careers. Through workshops, students will learn about skills that they need to be successful in college, such as study skills, time management and choosing the right college. Students will also learn about opportunities available to them now to enhance their competitiveness for college.

Check our Facebook page for pictures from previous MedQuest programs! https://www.facebook.com/svahec/

Medquest 2020 Brochure: link to pdf

Cost and Accommodations

The cost for the 2020 programs is $750.00 which includes room, food, workshop supplies, and transportation to shadow assignments. Students stay in college dorm rooms during the week and typically have a roommate. Staff provide 24/7 supervision. Scholarships are available based on need and availability – request in application.


Both sessions of MedQuest are open to students in grades 10 to 12 who attend high school in Addison, Bennington, Rutland, Windham, and Windsor counties. For students who attend school in other counties of Vermont, visit the Northern Vermont AHEC site for information on available programs.


The MedQuest schedule includes approximately 41 hours of academic work – including workshops, shadows, teambuilding, and daily reflections. All activities are geared toward helping students explore a career in healthcare, learning about the world of healthcare, and getting to know other students with similar interests. The schedule will include:

  • Four half day Job Shadows with Healthcare professionals in local organizations
  • Workshops to include learning about:
    • Vital Signs
    • Cultural Sensitivity
    • Basic medical terminology
    • Medical Ethics
    • And much more!
  • CPR certification
  • Teambuilding activities
  • Visit a SIM lab
  • Discussions with UVM medical student mentors

Health Requirements

All students must show proof of vaccinations before they can participate in the program. This includes MMR, Varicella, and TdaP. A PPD test (tuberculosis) is also required by the hospitals in which we do our shadows. Students who have not been fully vaccinated will not be allowed to participate in the program.

Parents will complete a health form that gives permission for their student to receive medical treatment should they need it. Parents will also provide information about any current or historical medical conditions of their child and provide proof of health insurance, health care provider information, and emergency contacts.

For School Staff

Some schools award school credit to students participating in the MedQuest program. Below you will find a breakdown of the total number of academic hours the students spend learning throughout the week.

MedQuest Breakdown of Program Hours

Contact our Health Careers Educator for more information about MedQuest.

Johanna McLeod, Health Careers Educator

Phone: 802-885-2126, ext 103

Email: jmcleod@svtahec.org