Do You Want to Make A Hands-On Difference in People’s Health and Wellbeing?

Applications for the 2021 Health & Medicine online summer Immersion are now open! Click the “2021 info” button below to learn more and apply today.

"For he who has health has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. – Owen Arthur”

About the Health and Medicine Institute

Are you interested in learning how to suture or perform a dissection? How about infection control? Or researching and analyzing real health data? The Governor’s Institute on Health and Medicine is the perfect place to explore the vast array of opportunities within the healthcare industry. Get a jumpstart on your career by joining us for a week-long exploration of health, medical care, and health careers in Vermont.

At This Institute You Will

  • Explore careers in health science, research and medical fields.
  • Identify health issues that are important to you that are affecting fellow Vermonters.
  • Practice hands on-medical skills like assessing vital signs and interviewing patients.
  • Learn from experts in the community about a variety of topics in health and medicine.
  • Discuss ethical issues concerning emerging medical technology and treatment.
  • Work with medical students to create recommendations for improving health outcomes.
  • Utilize online tools to help you map a career pathway in health care or health research.
  • Share your interests with other Vermont students and make new friends!

Be part of the launch of this dynamic new Institute; a partnership of the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont and the Northern Vermont Area Health Education Center (AHEC). Participation in this groundbreaking Institute will provide you with practical skills and a unique understanding about health and medicine in Vermont.

Health & Medicine 2020 Offerings

This year, you can choose between three engaging and varied strands:

Emergency and Sports Medicine

  • Learn the fundamentals of pre-hospital care on the sports field and in the community.
  • Receive certification training in First Aid and CPR.
  • Practice medical skills during scenario-based activities.

Surgery & Hospital-Based Medicine

  • Learn how to suture.
  • Practice clinical skills with simulated patients.
  • Use real surgical tools to practice laparoscopic surgery skills.

Neuroscience & Psychology

  • Learn neuroanatomy from actual brain specimens.
  • Practice techniques for diagnosing medical mysteries of the brain and behavior.
  • Learn how psychological stress creates conditions for long-term health or disease.

In all three strands, you’ll be gaining direct experience via interactive simulations at the lab, field-relevant role play scenarios around Norwich’s campus, and by working with and learning from practicing physicians and health care professionals!

Health and Medicine Faculty

Nicole is the Executive Director at the Northern Vermont AHEC, a health workforce development agency in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. She is a doctoral candidate in Education Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont. Nicole began work in the field of public health in 2000 as a community organizer in rural New Hampshire, improving access to health and human services for the uninsured. She received a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2001 from the University of New Hampshire with a concentration in Community, Administration and Policy. Nicole is also a community herbalist and lives in West Burke with her husband and young son.

Explore the Vast Array of Opportunities the Healthcare Industry Has to Offer and Get a Jumpstart on Your Career Today