Opward Bound student, microscopy imaging lab

Community Education & Outreach Activities


The Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine encourages participation in community education and outreach.

(Right:High school students from the Upward Bound program learn how to operate the scanning electron microscope with Michele Von Turkovich, UVM lab/research technician in pathology, in the Microscopy Imaging Center at the Larner College of Medicine.)


(Right: Mount Mansfield Union (MMU) High School visit the Vermont Cancer Center for an interactive day of advanced learning about biomedical science and technology. Janet Schwarz, senior lab/research technician in pathology, right, guides an MMU student in the Microscopy Imaging Center)




Community Medical School

Many of our faculty have taken part in the Larner College of Medicine / University of Vermont Medical Center's Community Medical School program, a public lecture series that highlights relevant topics in clinical medicine and research.


Project Micro

The Microscopy Society of America developed this outreach plan in 1993, to bring hands-on, "real" science study to middle school students. Pathology & Laboratory Medicine staff from the Microscopy Imaging Center annually participate in this program to connect with local area middle schools to set up Microscopic Festivals to actively engage students in science and their natural world.

Find out more about Project Micro here.

Community Education/Outreach Programs (with our clinical group at the UVM Medical Center)    

Job Shadows

The job shadowing program was developed in support of extending learning opportunities to students wishing to explore the fields of pathology and laboratory medicine.  These opportunities allow high school and college students to learn more about clinical laboratory sciences, anatomic pathology and molecular diagnostics while shadowing experienced professionals.  More information about job shadows can be found on The University of Vermont Medical Center’s webpage for Internship and Training Opportunities.     

Throughout the year, many of our faculty and technical staff provide educational opportunities to community education programs... students who participate in MedQuest, the UVM Summer Academy, Upward Bound and Champlain Valley Area Health Education Center visit pathology and laboratory medicine.(Left: Champlain Valley AHEC MedQuest shadowing; Alexandra Kalof, M.D., and MedQuest student Matthew Noonan)

Faculty sit on question and answer panels, lead seminars and present specimens in the Pathology Teaching Museum to students exploring the diverse fields within pathology and laboratory medicine.



(Champlain Valley AHEC MedQuest shadowing; MedQuest student Matthew Noonan in gross lab with Michelle Schwartz, Pathologists' Assistant)






(Champlain Valley AHEC MedQuest shadowing; Alexandra Kalof, M.D., and MedQuest student Matthew Noonan)




(UVM medical students assist with a visit by MedQuest health career campers to the Pathology Lab at the UVM College of Medicine. Associate Professor of Pathology Pamela Gibson, M.D., instructs the campers)