MedStart is a 5-day summer program aimed at developing the next generation of health care providers. Hosted by the Montana AHEC (Area Health Education Center) and the Montana Hospital Association, MedStart camp immerses students in campus life while providing opportunities to explore a variety of health care careers through simulation activities and job shadows at local facilities. Students also attend college planning sessions to map out their college and career goals. After camp, each regional AHEC office provides support to students that include college resources, financial aid updates, scholarships and connections to further job shadowing within their hometown.


Past activities have included: Dissections; Nursing simulation lab; Dental assisting; Health Information Technology demonstrations; Mock disaster training / EMS; Cadaver lab and X-Ray activities.


Open to current high school sophomores and juniors.


Scholarships are available for students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, low-income families, rural areas, minorities, or will be first in their family to attend college.

MedStart 2022 Summer Camp Dates

  • Univ. of Montana in Missoula – June 12-16
  • Univ. of Providence in Great Falls – June 26-30
  • MSU Billings in Billings – July 10-14
  • Carroll College in Helena – July 17-21
  • Miles Community College in Miles City – July 24-28


We are excited to announce that MHA Ventures Inc. has generously offered to cover tuition for all students who are accepted to the North Central MedStart Camp in Great Falls or the South Central MedStart Camp in Helena. Students who are accepted to these camps will have tuition completely waived and attend for free!

Sponsorship opportunities are still available! For more information, please contact Alexis Tobin at or Westyn Kiehn at

MedStart is a grant funded program and relies on the generosity of our sponsors and those that provide student scholarships.