MedStart Summer Camp
MedStart is a Montana AHEC program designed to encourage high school students who are in sophomore and junior grade levels to pursue their interest in a variety of healthcare careers. AHEC focuses on accepting students who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, low-income families, rural areas, minorities, or first generation college students. The aim of MedStart is to provide students – who may not otherwise have the opportunity – a chance to further explore healthcare careers, learn about college life, and realize it is possible to pursue higher education. Students often think of healthcare as including only “doctors and nurses.” MedStart tries to break down that stereotype by educating students on the large variety of careers available in the healthcare industry.
2021 MedStart Camp Offerings
|In-Person||June 13-17||Missoula – University of Montana
This 5-day overnight camp will be limited to 15 students and held at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT. Students will experience hands-on activities and presentations from a variety of health professionals. **In person camp subject to cancelation due to COVID-19**
|Virtual||July 19-22||Anywhere in MT – Virtual
This 4 day camp will be held online. Each student will receive a kit in the mail to be used for the activities scheduled. 150 students max.
*Multiple scholarships are available based on need and/or merit. See application for details.
WHO: Current sophomores or juniors from a Montana high school. Homeschooled or GED students are eligible as well. Students may be no older than 18. Students may apply for a second year of MedStart.
SCHOLARSHIPS: Multiple scholarships are available based on need and/or merit; see page 5 of the application.
COLLEGE CREDIT: Students completing the MedStart Camp are eligible for one college credit through Montana Tech that is transferable to all schools in the Montana University System. More information will be available upon acceptance.
HOW TO APPLY: In order to apply to either of the camps, complete the online application. You can apply to both MedStart camps using the same application Applications are due no later than March 5, 2021.
IMMUNIZATION NOTE: Students accepted into the In-Person MedStart Camp are required to provide proof of health insurance and up-to-date vaccinations as well as a tuberculosis test in order to be allowed to participate in the activities at healthcare facilities. Montana AHEC is not an affiliate of the Montana Office of Public Instruction, and therefore, does not recognize Montana Immunization Exemption Form 20-5-401. In order for your child to participate in activities at MedStart, current immunization records and negative results of a TB test (within the last year) are required.
ACCEPTANCE & PAYMENT: Notification of camp acceptance will be announced March 19, 2021. Students will receive a packet to complete and submit with payment in full by May 7, 2021.