MedStart Summer Camp

Health Career Exploration Through a One-week Summer Camp for Current 10th & 11th Graders.

MedStart Summer Camp is an AHEC/MHA funded program designed to encourage current sophomore and junior high school students to pursue their interest in a variety of healthcare careers. Scholarships are available for students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, low-income families, rural areas, minorities, or will be first in their family to attend college. The aim of MedStart is to provide students 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” and MedStart tries to break down that stereotype by educating students on the large variety of high skill, high paid, high demand careers available in the healthcare industry.

MedStart is a week-long program and offers many opportunities to students. Curriculum sessions during the week include sheep heart dissection, blood typing, suturing on pig’s feet, job shadowing, and taking blood pressures. College Support sessions included a financial aid presentation, a current health profession student panel, and a campus tour. Recreation and social sessions can include things such as bowling, hiking, museum trips, Lewis and Clark Caverns, rafting trips, and a Zoo Montana tour. After camp, each regional AHEC office matches the MedStart student with a healthcare professional from their hometown in the hopes of establishing a mentor/mentee relationship and continuing the job shadowing process.

 MedStart 2015 Summer Camp Dates:

  • June     14 – 18    Missoula: University of Montana (UM)
  • July      12 – 16    Billings: Montana State University Billings (MSUB)
  • July      19  - 23    Butte: Montana Tech
  • August  2 -  6       Great Falls: University of Great Falls & Great Falls College


MedStart flyer 2015

MedStart application form 2015

MedStart recommendation form

AHEC Regions Map


For more information, please contact Gina Bruner at 406.457.8048 or

MedStart Press

2014   KULR 8 Article and Billings Gazette Article

2013   Great Falls KFBB Article

2012   Billings Gazette Article

2013 MedStart Students

2012 MedStart Students

2011 MedStart Students

2010 MedStart Students




Montana Web Design by BigforkWEB Development