The Health & Medicine Institute

Do you want to learn how to protect the health and well-being of others? Join us July 9th – July 15th, 2023 @ Vermont State University in Lyndon, VT

“ The Health and Medicine Institute gave me the first confirmation that I have strong potential and a future career in health care. I feel like it has been the first step in my new journey.”

— Health & Medicine Student,   2019

About the Health and Medicine Institute

Ready to learn the science of saving lives?

Step into the world of health care with the GIV Health & Medicine Institute! You’ll learn clinical skills like diagnostic reasoning, assessing patients, responding to medical emergencies, and communicating effectively on a team. Sessions span the fields of medicine, psychology, clinical lab science, and biomedical engineering. Hands-on activities, scenario-based learning, and interactive case discussions lead to CPR and First Aid certifications.

Students can also learn their Vermont Emergency First Responder (VEFR) Certification in this Institute.

This cutting-edge Institute is a partnership between the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont and the Northern Vermont Area Health Education Center (AHEC). Participation in this Institute will provide you with practical skills and a unique understanding about health and medicine in Vermont.

July 9th – July 15th, 2023 @ Vermont State University in Lyndon, VT

An optional online introduction for certifications will take place June 26th – 29th; students can join from home.

For information regarding tuition, please click here.

At This Institute You Will

  • Explore careers in health science, research and medicine.
  • Practice hands on-medical skills like assessing vital signs and interviewing patients.
  • Earn certifications in CPR and First Aid.
  • Choose from a variety of hands-on lab activities and workshops led by health professionals and college faculty.
  • Work closely with medical student mentors throughout the week.
  • Have the time of your life!

So how does it all work?

Every day is a unique experience filled with expert-led instruction, hands-on investigation, field trips, and immersive learning. We work to build a community around our experiences and share in our passion for everything we explore.

**The schedule is slightly different each year and announced when you arrive!

GIV’s supportive Institute structure is endlessly enriching, empowering, and engaging.

An Example of a Day at the Health & Medicine Institute

7:30 AM: Breakfast
8:30 AM: Morning Medical Activity
10:00 AM: Project Exploration
12:00 PM: Lunch and Free Time
1:00 PM: Afternoon Activity and Recreation
3:00 PM: Project Exploration
5:00 PM: Dinner
6:00 PM: Evening Social Activity
7:00 PM: Evening Workshops
8:00 PM: Game and Free Time
10:00 PM: End of Day

Check out the vibe from Health & Medicine 2022!

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.

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