Blood typing, making splints, airway management, and even a medication vs. candy challenge, were among the activities students participated in during Southern Vermont AHEC’s MedQuest Health Careers Expo held on May 8, in Rutland, Vermont. This event was created to provide an exciting and worthwhile experience for 14–21-year-olds interested in pursuing a health career or just curious about the ever-expanding world of health care. Over 20 health careers from clinical to non-clinical roles in medicine, oral health, pharmacy, behavioral health, laboratory, nursing, emergency response, and so much more. 40 exhibitors provided hands-on activities, interactive displays, cutting edge technology, training simulations as well as the chance to share their knowledge.

“This inaugural event was a tremendous success! Our partners showcased a wide variety of in-demand health careers with interactive displays that engaged students from 14 different schools in our region. The day was filled with excitement, food, music, and giveaways. We are grateful to our sponsors, exhibitors, vendors, and volunteers for their commitment to Vermont’s future health workforce,” said Jennifer Scott, Executive Director, Southern Vermont AHEC.