Cascades East MedStars

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What is MedStars?

Cascades East AHEC MedStars is an opportunity provided by the Cascades East Area Health Education

Center for underprivileged high school students in the Cascades East region (Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook, Lake, Grant, Harney or Klamath; or live in Warm Springs). Students will engage, explore and learn the vast career opportunities available in health care. MedStars inspires and nurtures students’ curiosity to learn about the intricate health care systems through various hands-on activities, learning simulations, daily career speakers and lecture series. Students will leave with a better understand of the many health care career opportunities, and the skills required to succeed in a competitive field.

Activities may include:

  • Campus visit to the Health Career Centers at Central Oregon Community College
  • Exploring the many science lab equipment at Oregon State University Cascades Campus
  • Job shadowing opportunities at the St. Charles Bend Hospital
  • Wilderness medicine activities
  • Engaging with many health care professionals in various fields and specialties of medicine
  • Participating in many hands-on activities to learn about the advancing medical technology.

Who are the students?

MedStars will host 32 high school students with preference given to students entering their senior year. With the hopes of reaching out to students in rural communities, priority will be given to students from Lake, Grant, Harney or Klamath counties with an under-privileged background. This may include students who identify as a person of color, grew up in a financially challenged household, came from a rural or underserved community or any variety of social and economic factors.

Applicants will be selected based on the following priority lists:


1st Priority Students from Lake, Grant, Harney or Klamath counties. High schools in these counties currently do not have opportunities provided by the AHEC office through Health Occupations classes. Students from La Pine High School will also be given first priority in consideration.


2nd Priority Students from Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson counties and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs . High schools in these counties currently have opportunities provided by the AHEC office through Health Occupations classes. Within this tier, seniors who have NOT been through the Health Occupations class will be given priority.


3rd Priority Students from any counties within the state of Oregon.


Each application must be accompanied by a recommendation form from someone who can speak on behalf of the student’s interest and drive for a health care career. More importantly, advocates are responsible for communicating with the student and ensuring that the student will commit to the program’s requirements, most importantly attendance. Recommenders will play a crucial role in working with our office to ensure that the student will attend MedStar.


When is MedStars?

February 21st


Application becomes available. Applications can be found at: under “STUDENTS TO CAREER”, then “CEAHEC MEDSTARS”


March 22nd


Application deadline. All applications must be postmarked by this date.
April 6th Applicants will receive notification of application status. Accepted applicants will receive ‘student commitment forms’, which must be completed and returned by April 20th.


April 20th All student commitment forms must be submitted by this date.


June 25th – June 29th MedStars is a five day summer camp. The program will begin on Monday, June 25th and conclude on Friday, June 29 th.


Where is MedStars?

MedStars will take place in Bend, Oregon. Students will reside in a college dormitory at the Oregon State University Cascade Campus. Students will have the opportunity to experience life on a college campus. MedStar activities will be held throughout Central Oregon, with support from local partnerships including St. Charles Health Systems in Bend, Central Oregon Community College, and Volunteers in Medicine.

Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from Bend. Transportation will be provided during the course of the program.


For further information please contact:

Debbie Cole
K-12 Education Coordinator
Cascades East AHEC
St. Charles Health System
2500 Neff Road
Bend, OR 97701
541-706-2773 (office)
541-706-6991 (fax)
530-713-0827 (cell)