The Health-Start Program exposes high school students to the fascinating world of modern health and medicine through active learning in labs, lectures, panel discussions, demonstrations, and hospital visits. Students will learn from clinical and scientific faculty who train medical, nursing, health science, and biomedical engineering students at the University of Vermont (UVM) Larner College of Medicine, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. This is a unique opportunity to step inside a medical school and learn at facilities like UVM’s Clinical Simulation laboratory.

This intensive, week-long program from June 28 – July 3, 2020 is free for select CFES and Early Promise high-school students who are interested in pursuing careers in the health professions. Students will explore their interests, learn about the latest advances in health and medicine, and develop an understanding of diverse medical and health science career paths that might be right for them.

The program is designed for students who are considered traditionally underrepresented in medicine, and traditionally underserved which can include women and individuals from socio- economic and/or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. We strongly encourage those who may be the first in their families to pursue a four-year college degree to participate.


  • Enrollment is limited to 20 high school students who have a strong interest in a healthcare profession.
  • All students must be a CFES Scholar or an Early Promise Program participant and be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Because they are underrepresented in the healthcare professions, students who are of ethnic minority backgrounds (Hispanic, African American), are first-generation college, and/or are economically disadvantaged, are especially encouraged to apply.
  • The program is a residential program. All participants will be required to reside in a University of Vermont residence hall through the duration of the program under the supervision of Counselors and Staff. Participants must attend all presentations, tours and required classes.


June 28: Move into the residence hall. Welcome Dinner and Orientation activities.
June 29 – July 2: Classroom sessions and educational activities daily (9:00am – 5:00pm)
July 3: Program Wrap-up (9:00am – 12:00pm) Departure (12:00-1:00pm)

Students are responsible for expenses related to transportation to and from UVM, but tuition, housing, meals, and activities are free for the first 20 students to accept their personal invitation by CFES and Early Promise.

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