Summer Program to Bring High School Students to UM to Explore Health Care Careers

January 14, 2014

MISSOULA – The Western Montana Area Health Education Center will host Montana high school sophomores and juniors interested in health care careers for MedStart, a one-week summer program slated for Saturday through Friday, June 21-27, at the University of Montana.

MedStart activities will include job shadowing at local health care facilities; health science symposiums and tours; animal organ dissections; guest speakers on many health care topics; a full day on the Salish Kootenai College campus; as well as exposure to campus life and financial aid guidance. Many social events also will be held.

Area Health Education Centers and MHA … An Association of Montana Healthcare Providers will select 138 students statewide based on their interest in pursuing a health care career after high school; minority or economic status; coming from a rural or urban underserved community; and being the first in their family to attend college. Programs also will be hosted at campuses in Billings, Bozeman and Great Falls.

Applications are available now at Students can rank their choice of campus on their application. MedStart will be hosted June 15-20 at the University of Great Falls/Great Falls College, July 13-18 at Montana State University-Billings, and Aug. 3-8 at Montana State University in Bozeman.

Missoula MedStart is made possible through the support of Western Montana hospital foundations, Montana GEAR UP, Salish Kootenai College School of Nursing, PacificSource, and the faculty and staff of UM’s College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences.

For more information, call Western Montana AHEC K-12 Program Coordinator Martha Robertson at 406-243-4746 or email






Contact: Martha Robertson, K-12 program coordinator, Western Montana Area Health Education Center at UM, 406-243-4746,