University of Vermont

College of Medicine

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



Explore Health Careers


Pre-medical Enhancement (PEP) Program

The Pre-medical Enhancement Program (PEP) is a formalized mentoring program sponsored by the College of Medicine Office of Primary Care and the UVM Honors College to offer academically qualified students opportunities to develop a clear understanding of the day-to-day realities of medical practice. PEP students who complete the three-year program requirements will be invited to interview at UVM College of Medicine and will receive special consideration for admission. Click here for additional information.

Special Events: Workshops, Films, and Discussions

Watch for AHEC-sponsored events such as:

Documentaries followed by discussions:
“The Hungry Heart"
“Escape Fire”

U.S. Army-Vermont AHEC-sponsored Suture and Hemorrhage Workshops, and more.

See Events & Calendarfor schedule and topics.

Vermont AHEC Health Care Workforce Recruitment and Networking Day

See Medical Students, Residents, and Graduate Health Professions Students for more information.

Internships and Projects

The College Student Health Internship Program (C-SHIP) is for students enrolled in post-secondary education with intent to pursue a career in health care. Internships may be paid, 100 hours maximum, and can be completed over a summer, or summer and fall. Placements are with organizations or agencies with which we have partnerships, and can include medical, social and human services, veterinary, nutrition or exercise science, nursing, geriatrics, pharmacy and other healthcare related fields. Positions are competitive and currently are located in Windsor or Windham Counties and beginning to expand into Bennington and Rutland Counties. For more information, contact the Southern VT AHEC at 802-885-2126.

High School Students

Vermont AHEC encourages young people and career-changers to consider health care for a rewarding, in-demand career. To learn more, AHEC can help in these ways:

October is Health Care Career Awareness Month in Vermont!

Each year, Vermont AHEC and its partners develop a series of events to highlight health care career options in Vermont and the U.S. AHEC offers a Toolkit of activities for teachers to use in supporting student exploration of health care careers. It is available at This month-long observance was passed into Vermont law by the state Legislature in May 2010.

Explore Health Care Careers Online

AHEC maintains a Vermont-specific web site that helps students/career-changers learn about health careers and educational pathways: Learn about opportunities for jobs that offer respect, appreciation and great pay.

Job Shadow, Summer Learning, Classroom Presentations, Health Career Clubs

  • AHEC provides MedQuest and CollegeQuest summer sessions for high school students to explore and experience health careers
  • AHEC arranges job Shadow Days when students can spend a day observing a health career with a professional in the field
  • AHEC offers classroom visits when a Health Career educator engages students in health career discussions, using hands-on tools of the trade and curriculum that is responsive to proficiency-based graduation requirements and personal learning plans (PLPs).
  • AHEC participates in Student Career Fairs: watch for the AHEC exhibit at your student career fair, where an AHEC staff member can guide you to resources for learning about health care careers
  • AHEC sponsors many other health care workforce development initiatives. Visit as a gateway to your Vermont heath care future.

To learn more about the possibilities in your area, contact your regional AHEC office:

Champlain Valley AHEC
Franklin, Chittenden, Grand Isle, Addison Counties
802-527-1474 / Melissa Rixon,

Northeastern Vermont AHEC
Essex, Orleans, Lamoille, Caledonia, Washington and Orange Counties
802-748-2506 / Kim O’Connor,

Southern Vermont AHEC
Rutland, Bennington, Windham and Windsor Counties.
802-885-2126 / Beth Brothers,





Connecting students to careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health.

Last modified March 07 2016 01:17 PM