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Summer Camp brings High School students to college to explore health careers

Some 136 Montana high school sophomores and juniors interested in careers in health care will get a closer look at their options at a special one-week summer program to be held at four college campuses in the state this summer.

The program is called MedStart and is sponsored by MHA (formerly the Montana Hospital Association) and the Western Montana Area Health Education Center.

MedStart activities will include job shadowing at local health care facilities, health science symposiums and tours, animal organ dissections and guest speakers on many health care topics.

Participants will be exposed to campus life and receive financial aid guidance. A number of social events also will be held.

The camps will be held:
    June 15 20 at the University of Great Falls and Great Falls College, MSU;
    June 22 27 at the University of Montana in Missoula;
    July 13 18 at MSU Billings and City College; and
    August 3 8 at MSU Bozeman.

Applications to participate in MedStart are available at and they are due on March 21. Applicants can rank their preference for which camp to attend. Tuition is $500 per student.

Scholarships to offset the cost of tuition are available and will be awarded based on several criteria, including the applicant's potential interest in pursuing a health care career after high school, minority or economically disadvantaged background, being from an underserved area (rural or urban) or being the first in their family to attend college.

For more information, contact MedStart coordinators Megan Bones at 406-457-8023, or at MHA or Martha Robertson at the Western Montana AHEC at 406-243-4746, or

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