MedQuest Immerses Local Students in Health Care Careers

For Immediate Release
8 July 2009
Media Contact: Erica Cummings

Dr. Mark Novotny (left), chief executive officer of SVMC shares a laugh with MedQuest scholars (left to right) Mollie Reed, Patrick Hackett, and Lauren Wendell.

BENNINGTON — Twenty-one students from throughout southern Vermont got a taste of life as health care professionals in the 2009 MedQuest program, hosted at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC). In its ninth year at SVMC, MedQuest is designed to help high-school students better understand a wide range of careers in health care.

"SVMC is very pleased to host the MedQuest program," explained Dr. Mark Novotny, the hospital's chief executive officer. "A career in health care is a career with meaning and the ability to make a difference in the world. I'm delighted SVMC can help these students understand the many stimulating career options available. Our staff enjoys meeting and working with these enthusiastic young people."

The MedQuest program is a week-long exploration of health careers and other related topics. It is open to students in grades nine to 11 in the four southern Vermont counties. All participants of the program stay at Southern Vermont College. MedQuest activities include: three job shadows of health care professionals, education on privacy laws and regulations, a hospital tour, an emergency medicine fair, a disaster drill, friends and family CPR, and suturing skills. The program has a rigorous application process and a limited number of spaces.

This year, MedQuest included three medical scholars, Patrick Hackett, Lauren Wendell and Mollie Reed, from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. The medical students provided live-in supervision of the program participants and presented workshops on medical terminology, public health, and medical ethics.

A native of Rutland, Vt., Hackett is a third-year student, and this is his second year with MedQuest. Wendell is from Maine and is also a third-year medical school student and a second-year veteran of MedQuest Camp. Lastly, Reed is a second-year student serving her first tour with MedQuest Camp. She is a native of South Burlington.

SVMC is a part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC). SVHC is a community-based, not-for-profit health system that exists solely for the benefit of the communities it serves. It is SVHC’s mission to make the communities it serves the healthiest in the nation.


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