AHEC Student Interest Groups (SIG)
The HERO Mentors SIG is responsible for facilitating the AHEC HERO Mentors program. We partner current medical students with high school students across Northern Vermont who are interested in the healthcare field. Through this program, we aim to educate high school students on the various careers that exist in healthcare, and we hope to steer them in the appropriate direction through different STEM modules and 1:1 meetings. HERO is a structured program with a set time commitment (40 hours).
Student Leaders: Tucker Angier and Jason Ludlow (Class of 2026) AHEC Advisor: Nicole LaPointe, Northern Vermont AHEC LCOM Faculty Advisor: Andrea Green, MD
Med Mentors SIG
The Med Mentors SIG provides mentoring and medical education opportunities for undergraduate students at UVM and other Vermont universities. The aim is to encourage and support students interested in pursuing careers in medicine or other health care fields. In collaboration with the Vermont AHEC Network, activities include mentoring for the UVM Pre-health Enrichment Program (PEP), Pre-health Clinics, panel presentations on topics such as studying for the MCAT and completing applications, as well as making one-to-to mentor matches. This SIG welcomes members with all levels of interest and time commitment - there is the opportunity to mentor just a little as well as the chance to complete the 40 mentoring hours needed to complete the AHEC Scholars Education and Mentoring SIG 80-hour pathway. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Student Leaders: Jason Ludlow, Sarah Kohl, Aina Rattu and Maisie Laud (Class of 2026) AHEC Faculty: Charles MacLean, MD AHEC Advisor: Patti Smith Urie
AHEC Scholars Education & Mentoring 80-hour Pathway
The Education/Mentoring pathway includes 40 didactic hours and at least 40 field hours. To meet AHEC Scholars requirements, the 80 hours must be completed within the same academic year (August – May). Students may complete during their first or second year at LCOM.
Participating students must be a member of one or both of the LCOM mentoring SIGs (HERO SIG and Med Mentors SIG).
The curriculum is titled Cross-Cultural Encounters in Mentoring and Patient Care and is led by Nicole LaPointe, MSW, EdD, Executive Director for Northern Vermont AHEC.
After reading the overview, interested students can apply here: https://redcap.link/SIGEducation-MentoringApplication
Applications will be accepted until September 13, 2024. The program cohort will be finalized at that time.