Premedical Enhancement (PEP) Program

The UVM Premedical Enhancement Program (PEP) is an enrichment program for UVM undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in medicine or other health profession. PEP is a collaborative effort between the UVM Honors College and the Larner College of Medicine Office of Primary Care & Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program. PEP is a formalized three-year mentoring program. The intent of the program is to provide students with the opportunity to experience the complex realities of patient care and practice management while also witnessing the tremendous responsibility entrusted to physicians. Ideally, students will also begin to appreciate the important role physicians have in contributing to and advocating for the care of underserved Vermonters. Participants gain insight into the medical school process by being matched with a Larner student throughout their time in the program.

A PEP participant shadows a different physician-mentor each year (minimum of 16 hours per semester). Students are also required to attend two academic medical seminars (Grand Rounds) each semester. A required written evaluation at the end of the semester promotes student reflection. Those who successfully complete the program strengthen their application to The Larner College of Medicine and other medical schoolsl/health professions training programs. 

For more information about PEP visit: Premedical Enhancement Program


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.