University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Office of Primary Care and Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program


AHEC Programs

An Inter-Professional Exploration of Cuba’s Primary Healthcare System

This presentation gives an overview of learning from a June 2014 trip to Cuba by faculty in the University of Vermont Colleges of Medicine, Social Work, and College of Nursing and Health Sciences, medical students, a dental student, dental technician, social work graduate student, nurse practitioner student and members of the Burlington College faculty. The purpose of the course was to gain a better understanding of the Cuban health system, particularly the role of primary care, and the interaction between primary care, public health and the community. Cuba has a well-regarded system of population health and primary care.

Exploring Cuba's Primary Healthcare System (PDF)


AHEC Summer Projects & MedQuest

MedQuest 2015

MedQuest is a college campus-based health careers exploration program for Vermont high school students; they live in a dormitory and have a variety of didactic and shadowing experiences during a week-long experience. Medical Student Positions are open to UVM College of Medicine students and other health professions students. Your role as a Medical Student Leader  is to help deliver components of the designed programs, to serve as a role model for the students, and to be 24/7 staff and chaperones during the week.  A total of six MedQuest programs will be offered this summer around the state and in Burlington. 

2015 Champlain Valley AHEC MedQuest

Champlain Valley Area Health Education Center (Contact Jessica Barrow,

University of Vermont

Therapeutic Services, Tuesday - Friday, June 23-26, 2015

Diagnostic Services, Monday - Thursday, June 29-2, 2015

Counseling and Mental Health Services, Tuesday - Friday. July 7-10, 2015

Champlain Valley MedQuest is a 4-day commitment, plus one, 2-4 hour training session in June. Each session focuses on a different career pathway in health care. The training date/time will be set by mutual agreement. Compensation is $670, with room and board included.

2015 Northeastern Vermont AHEC MedQuest

Northeastern Vermont Area Health Education Center (Contact Kim O'Connor,

Johnson State College; July 12-17, 2015

Northeastern Vermont AHEC is seeking four graduate health professions students to serve as mentors and supervisors for 20 high school students during MedQuest Health Careers Exploration Week. This is a unique opportunity to explore rural and primary care in the Northeast Kingdom. MedQuest is an 8-day commitment, including a 2-day orientation to the regional health care system. The program duration is 6 days and five nights. Compensation is $1200, with room and board included.

2015 Southern Vermont AHEC MedQuest

Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center (Contact Beth Brothers,

MedQuest West: Southern Vermont College, Bennington; June 21-26, 2015

MedQuest East: School for International Training, Brattleboro; July 26-31,2015

Southern Vermont MedQuest is a 6-day commitment beginning the Sunday of each program week, plus a training session in Burlington in May. This date/time is set by mutual agreement. Must have a valid driver's license and will be expected to transport students in a rental vehicle. Compensation is $1,000, with room and board included.


AHEC Summer Student Opportunities 2015

The UVM Office of Primary Care is pleased to offer opportunities for student projects during the summer of 2015. The Vermont Area Health Education Centers Program (AHEC) is a federally funded program with a mission to improve the health of our communities through the development of the health care workforce. 2015 AHEC Summer Projects are designed to offer interprofessional community based service learning opportunities for UVM College of Medicine students, Nurse Practitioner and other graduate health professions students.

2015 Champlain Valley AHEC Summer Project

Champlain Valley Area Health Education Center (Contact Judy Wechsler,

The Champlain Valley AHEC is offering an opportunity for an inter-professional team of two graduate level health professions students (ideally one medical student or one nurse practitioner student teamed with one MSW or pharmacy student) to learn about the health and social implications as well as the community challenges and responses to the complex issues of prescription drug misuse and addiction. Students will be based in Champlain Valley region, linked with a community mentor and a CVAHEC staff support and will work under the guidance of a UVM COM faculty advisor. Students will have the opportunity to learn about Vermont’s hub-and-spoke systems that support patients using medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. Students will also learn about the broader community resources that assist in sustaining recovery efforts. Using an existing model, the students will produce an on-line, interactive community resource tool centered on and expanding upon the region’s hub-and-spoke network of services.Students must have reliable transportation and be able to commit 100 hours each over a 2 – 3 week period during the summer in a coordinated team schedule designed to accomplish the project's goals.

CVAHEC Summer Project Dates to be determined: $1,000 stipend for 100 hours.

2015 Northeastern Vermont AHEC Summer Project

Northeastern Vermont Area Health Education Center (Contact Laura Remick,

The Northeastern Vermont AHEC is seeking an inter-professional team of up to 3 graduate-level students to assess and inventory resources related to opiate addiction treatment and recovery. Compensation is $1,000 for 100 hours. Personal transportation is required. Housing can be arranged. In Vermont, there are five hub-and-spoke systems that support patients using medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. In 2014, a UVM student team created an on-line, interactive resource tool centered on the hub-and-spoke system in the St. Johnsbury area. The proposed 2015 summer project will replicate this work in another hub-and-spoke community. This project will provide an up-close understanding of substance addiction treatment best-practice in Vermont.

NEVAHEC Summer Project, dates to be determined, $1,000 for 100 hours.

2015 Southern Vermont AHEC Summer Project

Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center (Contact Susan White,

Southern Vermont AHEC has not determined a specific project for 2015. However, if you have a specific topic that you are interested in or you plan to be in Southern Vermont this summer, you can contact Susan White ( to discuss possible project ideas. Compensation is $1,000 for 100 hours. Car is required; housing can be provided.

SVAHEC Summer Project, dates and project to be determined, $1,000 for 100 hours, car is required.


Charles MacLean MD
Associate Dean for Primary Care

Judy Wechsler, Educational Coordinator
Champlain Valley AHEC

Charlotte Reback
Associate Professor of Family Medicine

Laura Remick, HCOP Project Manager
Northeastern Vermont AHEC

Susan White, Educational Coordinator
Southern Vermont AHEC

Last modified March 18 2015 01:45 PM