Friday January 03, 2014
Every summer teenagers from Chittenden, Addison, Grand Isle and Franklin counties participate in MedQuest, a program designed to give students a clear understanding of the health career field. MedQuest students stay in dorms at the University of Vermont (UVM) and spend one week shadowing health care professionals and learning about different opportunities in the health care field through interactive presentations, lectures, tours and leadership building activities. It is an excellent opportunity for students to learn as they participate in a wide range of activities, from getting CPR certified to watching a live surgery.
The MedQuest program is run by the Champlain Valley Area Health Education Center (CVAHEC) and takes place during two separate sessions in the summer. All high school sophomores and juniors are eligible for the program, and many South Burlington High School (SBHS) students have used the opportunity to learn more about possible health careers.
Sabina Latifovic, currently a senior at SBHS, took part in MedQuest her sophomore year and says she “learned a lot about the various health care fields and should I decide to pursue one, what my options would be.” Sabina says that she would “absolutely recommend MedQuest to other students; it is a great experience for anyone who is interested in health care fields.”
Talia Solomon, another participant, adds that she “gained a better understanding of the challenges and benefits of working in a health care profession.” The experience gave her the opportunity to learn about professions she had never considered and a chance to learn more about the health care careers in which she was most interested.
Any SBHS sophomores or juniors who are interested in participating may contact Nancy LaVarnway at email@example.com for more information. Any student interested may also want to attend an informational session in the SBHS main lobby on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 from noon to 2 pm when CVAHEC staff will be on hand to answer any questions about the MedQuest and/or any other CVAHEC program.
Students may also apply for the program online at http://www.cvahec.org/medquest.htm. The application includes letters of recommendation and must be submitted by February 20, 2014.
SOURCE: Alyssa Tenney, CDC Correspondent