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Healthcare Careers


Pathways in Health Care

Experience a career in health care at a school, hospital or technical center in Vermont and New England that may lead you on a path to a health care professional. Geared towards middle, high school and college students.

Dartmouth Hitchcock Pathway students

Examples of Health-Care Related Programs Of Study

Resources for Educators

October is officially Health Care Careers Awareness Month in Vermont!

To help you put a focus on the many health care career opportunities that exist, we have composed a Toolkit of information about health care careers and fun activities for students, to be incorporated into your school’s career lesson plans.


Summer Medical and Dental Education Program

SMDEP  is a national, competitive and free six-week summer enrichment program for 1st and 2nd year premedical and predental students. The online application just opened, and early application is strongly advised. If possible, aim to submit application by December. There are 12 sites, and some will be full by early January.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be currently enrolled as a freshman or sophomore in college
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5
  • Be a U.S. citizen or hold a permanent resident visa
  • Not have previously participated in SMDEP

Other Considerations

  • Identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in medicine and/or dentistry OR
  • Comes from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background OR
  • Has demonstrated interest in issues affecting underserved populations AND
  • Submits a compelling personal statement and strong letters of recommendation

This residential program provides academic enrichment; clinical experiences; career development activities; learning, study skills and financial planning seminars; and a lot of mentoring. There are 12 hosting sites that offer similar activities and support, but there will be differences in the dates and structures of these individual programs.

Visit the website for admission guidelines and the online application.


Videos and Other Resources

The Top 50 Health Care Careers in the U.S.

Take a look at a new Bureau of Labor Statistics analysis of health care careers to learn the 50 best ones for salary and growth.

Health Sciences Videos

CareerOneStop is your pathway to career success with tools to help students, job seekers, businesses, and career professionals. CareerOneStop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. Browse CareerOneStop’s video collection to learn about careers, industries, skills and abilities, or work options and education levels. See for yourself what a health care career is like. Select from over 60 health science career videos!

The Role of the Community Health Worker

Life and Dentistry in Vermont

[YouTube Video]

Watch this 7-minute video of interviews with Vermont dentists and their families. Learn why Vermont is an incomparable place to live and practice dentistry.

College Scorecard

The federal government has created an interactive scorecard for higher education that allows consumers to compare and contrast college costs in ways never before possible. The site reveals average annual cost, graduation rate and average salary after attending a college, types of student aid, GI Bill benefits, and a calculator for determining possible aid. Average annual cost is impacted by the amount of financial aid a school gives out, and average annual salaries is based on data collected only from students who got federal assistance.

Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary: Allowing Dentists to See More Patients, October 23, 2015

Dr. Chuck Seleen explains how he works with an EFDA in his Winooski, Vermont dental practice to increase productivity and maximize the potential to provide high quality care for patients in his community. We also hear from Kathy Delucco about her experiences and training as an EFDA in Vermont.


Rebecca Onie at TEDMED, 2012

Rebecca Onie, co-founder of Health Leads, talks about her organization’s efforts to link social services efforts to healthcare, helping to ensure patients have the basic resources needed to heal.

Online Interview Inspires

Watch and listen to this online video about Dr. Paul Farmer, a physician who dedicates his life to bringing medical care to Third World countries.

60 Minutes interviews Dr. Paul Farmer


Links to Associations


Bi-State Primary Care Association
Future of Nursing
New England Regional Student Program for Vermonters

Vermont Alcohol and Drug Information Clearinghouse (VADIC)
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC): Explore Careers
Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Care
Vermont State Dental Society
Vermont Agency of Education
Vermont Department of Health
Vermont Department of Labor
Vermont Program for Quality in Healthcare
Vermont Labor Market Information


American Medical Association (AMA) – Becoming an MD
American Medical Student Association
Aspiring Doctors
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Association of Schools of Public Health
Boy Scouts of America – Medical Explorers Posts
Careers in Substance Abuse Disorders Treatment
College Board Health and Medicine Majors
Discover Nursing (Johnson & Johnson)
Health Career Resources Guide
Family Medicine Interest Group
Health Careers Network
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
Health Professions Network
Mapping Your Future: Explore Careers
Monster.com – Healthcare
National Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)
National Health Service Corps
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Life Works
National Rural Health Association (NRHA)
Outbreak at Watersedge – Public Health Discovery Game
Psychology Career Center
Rural Assistance Center
States’ Career Clusters Initiative
U.S. Occupational Outlook Handbook