Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference!

On Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7, 2018, BSCP will hold its fourteenth biennial Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference for postdocs (research and clinical), medical, dental and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; college and community college students; and high school seniors and juniors (particularly African-American, Hispanic/Latino or American Indian/Alaska Native students/fellows) at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA.  Click on the flyer below for more information.

BSCP Conference Flyer


A global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage and celebrate generosity worldwide.  Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

Southern Vermont Area health Education Center is a non-profit agency with a volunteer board of directors from Addison, Bennington, Rutland, Windham and Windsor counties.

We have two programs which depend on donations.  (C-SHIP) College Student Healthcare Internship Program, and our MedQuest programs.  C-SHIP matches undergraduate students enrolled in a post-secondary healthcare program with paid internship opportunities in southern Vermont.  We work with preceptors who provide job shadowing, mentoring, a close-up view of rural healthcare, and the opportunity to work on a project that benefits both the student and the agency, organization or work site.  MedQuest is a 6-day, summer residential program on a college campus for student in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades which give students the opportunity to explore a variety of health careers.  These students are mentored by graduate-level health professions students.  They become CPR certified, experience college life, learn medical skills, and shadow healthcare professionals in their work settings.

Those who are interested in joining Southern Vermont AHEC in funding these programs can donate at Southern Vermont AHEC, 55 Clinton Street, Suite 1, Springfield, VT 05156.

Free Summer Program with STIPEND!

Are you

  • A current 1st or 2nd year undergraduate student who identifies with a group that is underrepresented in the health professions?
  • Considering a career as a:
    • Dentist
    • Nurse
    • Nutritionist
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Pharmacist
    • Physical Therapist
    • Physician
    • Physician Assistant
    • Public Health Professional
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5?

If so, Click Here to learn about the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), a FREE six-week summer enrichment program with stipend included, offered at 13 different sites throughout the country (not all occupations are represented at all sites, but you can use a filterable list on the website to find a site relevant to your career interest).

UVM is holding a SHPEP “Alum” Student Panel/Information Session on Tuesday, October 24th @7:15 pm in the Career Center Conference Room.  Hear from 3 current UVM students who participated in SHPEP at two different campus sites (Columbia University in NYC and rutgers in NJ).

Applications open on December 1st.


Congratulations to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center!

Congratulations to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center for this coveted nursing award!  Click here to read more about this.   SWVHC Magnet Status Letter

Vermont Educational Loan Repayment Program

The Vermont Educational Loan Repayment Program for Healthcare Professionals is funded by federal and state funds, and is administered by the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program.  The purpose of the loan repayment program is to increase access to primary healthcare in under served communities and to address the health professional shortages that cause disparities in access to health care in Vermont.

In 2017, Southern Vermont AHEC awarded $162,055 in retention awards to 16 physicians, physician assistants and advanced practice nurses.  An additional $30,000 was awarded to recruit practitioners to practices in the Southern Vermont AHEC region.  Employers committed $175,000 in educational loan repayment matching funds.

Bailey Matteson Receives Dr. Lovell Award

Bailey Matteson, class of 2017 from Black River High School in Ludlow, VT, is the seventh recipient of the Dr. E. Sherburn Lovell Health Career Award.  This award contributes $1,000 annually toward a student’s academic pursuit of a career in health care.  It is funded by the proceeds of the Apple Blossom Cotillion, a project of the Development Office of Springfield Medical Care Systems.  Dr. Lovell was a long-time physician at Springfield Hospital.  His daughters, Melissa Post and the late Elizabeth David, stated, “While he as a man who never sought recognition for his service in the medical field or in the community, we know he would be honored to have this award named in his memory.  We hope recipients of the award will share the same sense of wonder and fascination with the world of medicine that he did.”

Bailey will be a health science major at Franklin Pierce University in the fall.  She became interested in a career in health care when she attended the Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center’s (AHEC) MedQuest and Advanced MedQuest programs.  Bailey’s long term plan is to complete college with a nursing degree, and hopefully work in Vermont.  Bailey’s mother and grandmother are both nurses who work together in the operating room at Springfield Hospital.  They are currently the only mother/daughter team in Vermont and Bailey would love to join them as a third generation operating room nurse.  Pictured above is Bailey receiving the Dr. Lovell Award from Tonia Fleming of Springfield Medical Care System’s Development office and Beth Brothers of Southern Vermont AHEC.  Joining Bailey are her family, including her mother, April Worden, and her grandmother, Cindy Wooten, […]

Health Careers Collaborative Opportunity for NAO Membership with the Association of American Medical Colleges Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

NAO LogoFor a quarter of a century, the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) successfully empowered students underrepresented in the health professions, and provided the proper resources and tools for students to successfully act upon their dreams in specific health careers. In 2016, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) program expanded to include students interested in ALL areas of health care, not just within the medical or dental profession, to provide an interprofessional education focus.

Today, the Summer Health Professions Education Program (formerly SMDEP) sponsored by the AAMC, serves as the free, six-week academic enrichment program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Eligible students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage.

In our tradition of partnership, the NAO membership has been invited to partner with AAMC to share resource information about the SHPEP opportunity links and program brochure in your service regions, to better support and facilitate access to interested health career students who may benefit.

The AAMC encourages participants to apply and take the opportunity to join this FREE, summer enrichment program that is filled with countless career development opportunities. For more information, click here.

Learn more about the new educational opportunities provided by the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) and apply today at

Students are encouraged to apply early.  Early application deadline is February 1, 2017 and regular applications must be received by March 1, 2017.

Upcoming Webinar
Webinar Date: Thursday, January 26 @ […]

2017 Bridging The Divide: From Autonomy to Teamwork

Presented by the VMS Foundation Leadership Training in partnership with the UVM Office of Primary Care on Friday, November 3 from 8:30 am to 12 noon at the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, VT.  For more information and/or registration, please click here.

Diabetes Prevention Program

If you’re at risk for Type 2 diabetes, you can make small, measurable changes that can reduce your risk and help you live a happier, healthier life.  Mt. Ascutney Hospital and the YMCA are supporting a Diabetes Prevention Program with a new class starting soon.  The program features 16 weekly sessions followed by 8 monthly sessions led by a trained Lifestyle Coach to offer motivation and support.  For more information, contact Samantha Abrahamsen at 802-674-7213


Drug “Take Back” Day!