Experience a career in health care at a school, hospital or technical center in Vermont and New England that may lead you on a path to a health care professional. Geared towards middle, high school and college students.
October is officially Health Care Careers Awareness Month in Vermont!
To help you put a focus on the many health care career opportunities that exist, we have composed a Toolkit of information about health care careers and fun activities for students, to be incorporated into your school’s career lesson plans.
Summer Health Professions Education Program
SHPEP is a national, competitive, and free six-week summer enrichment program for 1st and 2nd-year premedical students. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, physical distancing guidelines, and the closure of some campuses, SHPEP will again be a 100% virtual experience in summer 2021. The online applications open on November 1st, and early application is strongly advised. If possible, aim to submit an application by December. The application deadline is February 5th and application decisions are released on March 15th.
Be currently enrolled as a freshman or sophomore in college
Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5
Be a U.S. citizen or hold a permanent resident visa
Not have previously participated in SMDEP
Identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in medicine and/or dentistry OR
Comes from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background OR
Has demonstrated interest in issues affecting underserved populations AND
Submits a compelling personal statement and strong letters of recommendation
This residential program provides academic enrichment; clinical experiences; career development activities; learning, study skills, and financial planning seminars; and a lot of mentoring. There are 12 hosting sites that offer similar activities and support, but there will be differences in the dates and structures of these individual programs.
Visit the website for admission guidelines and the online application.
CareerOneStop is your pathway to career success with tools to help students, job seekers, businesses, and career professionals. CareerOneStop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. Browse CareerOneStop’s video collection to learn about careers, industries, skills and abilities, or work options and education levels. See for yourself what a health care career is like. Select from over 60 health science career videos!
The federal government has created an interactive scorecard for higher education that allows consumers to compare and contrast college costs in ways never before possible. The site reveals average annual cost, graduation rate and average salary after attending a college, types of student aid, GI Bill benefits, and a calculator for determining possible aid. Average annual cost is impacted by the amount of financial aid a school gives out, and average annual salaries is based on data collected only from students who got federal assistance.
Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary: Allowing Dentists to See More Patients, October 23, 2015
Dr. Chuck Seleen explains how he works with an EFDA in his Winooski, Vermont dental practice to increase productivity and maximize the potential to provide high quality care for patients in his community. We also hear from Kathy Delucco about her experiences and training as an EFDA in Vermont.
Rebecca Onie at TEDMED, 2012
Rebecca Onie, co-founder of Health Leads, talks about her organization’s efforts to link social services efforts to healthcare, helping to ensure patients have the basic resources needed to heal.
Funding for education and training programs can come in the form of:
grants (based on financial need, do not need to be repaid)
scholarships (based on need, achievement or other factors, do not need to be repaid)
loans (which must be repaid)
work-study jobs (a student earns wages in part-time work while in school)
Some employers offer tuition reimbursement programs as an employee benefit. A health care employer may also offer scholarships to encourage its employees to continue their education for a critically-needed position in health care.
If you are a Vermont resident and have not already received a bachelor’s degree, you can also apply for a Vermont Grant by contacting VSAC.