The students, faculty members, and staff of the College of Medicine reach out to elementary, middle, and high school students and, in the process, help build interest in science and health-related careers.
Connection with our community isn't something that happens outside the medical campus - indeed, it is impossible to find a border between the campus and the community. Those connections have translated into programs large and small that link the work of the College to the communities of Vermont and the wider world.
Office of Primary Care/Area Health Education Centers
The University of Vermont College of Medicine AHEC Program is a statewide network of community and academic partners working together through three AHEC centers and a Program Office to improve the health of Vermonters.
Encouraged by the Vermont Legislature, the University of Vermont College of Medicine established the Office of Primary Care (OPC) in 1993 to focus the College of Medicine's commitment to primary care in Vermont. OPC is actively involved in enhancing networks of community faculty, in strengthening teaching and research programs, and in preparing the workforce for the future. Read more about the Office of Primary Care & AHEC
Smile Docs (Students of Medicine Involved in Local Education-Doctors Ought to Care)
SmileDocs, a medical student interest group, is 15 year-old effort that brings medical students into elementary schools to teach elementary children about health and the human body. About two dozen students regularly head out to local elementary schools to run SmileDoc sessions. These groups visit the same classrooms several times in a semester, with one of a number of educative modules that have been developed by the group over the years. Read more about Smile Docs (pdf)
Middle School Level
Vergennes Union Middle School/Generations Course Project
This program provides an opportunity for second-year medical students to learn about adolescence from adolescents. Both groups of learners benefit enormously from the experience, which is often considered the highlight of Generations, a seven-week course that covers topics ranging from reproduction to death.
Project Micro, a national model of successful community interaction, uses microscopy to foster scientific interest in young people, reaching schools in every corner of Vermont with hands-on microscopy sessions. Read more about Project Micro
Girl's Science Discovery Day
Girls Science Day is an event meant to inspire young women to consider careers in the field of medical sciences and clinical medicine. Each year, participants experience a fun-filled day of workshops, science activities, and keynote speakers with the hopes to motivate and get these students excited about medical sciences. Middle-school-aged girls from schools across Vermont participate in this annual outreach activity, sponsored by the University of Vermont College of Medicine's chapter of the American Medical Women's Association's student chapter at UVM and staffed by medical students,.
High School Level
MedQuest (Area Health Education Center)
tMedQuest Health Careers Exploration Program is a rigorously structured, educational, week-long, and residential program that is held on the University of Vermont (UVM) campus, providing students with the opportunity to explore a variety of careers in health care while gaining comfort in a college environment.
Health Careers Shadow Day (Area Health Education Center)
Health Career Shadow Day is a one day Health Careers Exploration Program in partnership with The University of Vermont Medical Center, Northwestern Medical Center, and Porter Medical Center. Shadow Day offers an opportunity for high school students, in grades 10 through 12, to develop comfort in the health care field, shadow a health care professional in his/her work setting (one 2-3 hour job shadow), and to explore, as well as strengthen skills and resources needed for such a career.
Summer Neuroscience Undergraduate Fellowship (S.N.U.R.F.)
Undergraduate students participate in investigations of how the nervous system develops, functions and repairs itself after injury and get hands-on training in molecular, cellular, anatomical, physiological approaches, while gaining valuable experience before you enter graduate or medical school. Students have the opportunity to discover the world of neuroscience research and gain valuable experience before entering graduate or medicalschool. Read more about S.N.U.R.F.
Admissions Brown Bag Lunch Sessions
The Brown Bag Lunch Series provides an oppurtunity for area students to learn more about medical school as well as the admissions process.