Premedical Enhancement (PEP) Program Overview

The UVM Pre-medical Enhancement Program (PEP) is an extracurricular enrichment program for UVM undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in medicine or other health profession.  PEP is a collaboration between the UVM Larner College of Medicine (LCOM) Office of Primary Care and Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program, and the Honors College at UVM.  PEP partners include the UVM Career Center, The UVM Medical Center (UVMMC), medical students, medical practices, and health professionals. The success of PEP relies on the generous donation of time by community physicians.

PEP is a formalized two and a half year mentoring and exploration opportunity.  The intent of the program is to introduce students to the complex realities of health care delivery, including patient care and practice management while allowing them to witness the tremendous responsibility entrusted to physicians and healthcare professionals. The program is a combination of physician-led small group discussions, independent study and reflection, medical student mentoring and opportunity for shadowing in clinical settings.  The small group topics are based on current challenges in health in our society, professionalism and the role of physicians and interprofessional teams in addressing these issues.   In addition to the small group sessions, students will shadow physician-mentors in various fields as COVID-19 public safety requirements allow. Ideally, students will also begin to appreciate the important role physicians and healthcare professionals have in advocating for the health of individuals and families as well as that of our community. Participants will be assigned an LCOM student-mentor throughout their time in PEP, and through this relationship will gain insight into the medical school experience.

Those who successfully complete the Pre-medical Enhancement Program (PEP) strengthen their application to The Larner College of Medicine and other medical schools/health professions training programs.

For more information about PEP visit: Premedical Enhancement Program


Featured PEP Students 

Graduation photo of Hannah Woodruff

Hannah Woodruff, of Essex Vermont, graduated from the University of Vermont in 2016 where she majored in
neuroscience, along with six other students who were in the Premedical Enhancement Program (PEP) for three years.  She is also the great-great-granddaughter of Ellen Hamilton, the first woman to attend UVM back in 1871!






Graduation photo of Hira Haq

Hira Haq, of Essex, Vermont graduated from the University of Vermont in 2016 with a biology/chemistry major.  One of seven Premedical Enhancement program (PEP) students in the Class of 2016, she received the Miser Leadership Award at graduation, given to a student that is dedicated to all that they apply themselves to both inside and outside the classroom.  They are a change agent, and their leadership and commitment to service makes a difference in the lives they touch.  She received the Outstanding Achievement Award as a sophomore.





Suture, Vital Signs and Hemorrhage Clinics: Co-sponsored by Vermont AHEC and the U.S. Army, suture, vital signs and hemorrhage clinics introduce UVM undergraduates to medicine through hands-on experiences.

For dates, registration, and more information, contact:

Laurie McLean
Program Coordinator


Vermont AHEC Health Care Workforce Recruitment and Networking Day

Approximately 35 health care organizations participate in this annual fall event at the University of Vermont to foster connections between health care organizations and health professions students, medical residents and fellows. The event provides a forum to discuss career opportunities, clinical rotations, and community-based projects.

See the Events & Calendar page for the date of this year's event.

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, Windham, Bennington, and Rutland Counties.

For more information, contact the Southern VT AHEC at 802-885-2126.