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Health Career Exploration Week

The application for MedQuest 2019 is now open! Apply by March 14th!

Important Update:

In an effort to improve the flow and atmosphere of camp, NEOAHEC has changed the MedQuest check-in date from Monday, June 17th to the evening of Sunday, June 16th. We are excited to introduce this change to provide students with more time to become acclimated to their surroundings before major camp activities begin on Monday morning.

**Interested in attending MedQuest?**

Answer these four questions:

  • Are you interested in a health career?
  • Do you want to know what college dorm life is like?
  • Do you enjoy science and math?
  • Are you an Oregon high school student currently in 9th-12th grade?

If the answer to any of these is "yes," MedQuest is the experience for you!

MedQuest is an immersive camp on the beautiful Eastern Oregon University campus and surrounding community that exposes high school students to the exciting world of healthcare! Campers complete job shadows with health professionals, participate in panel discussions and local recreational activities, and meet like-minded students from all over the state. Depending on the nature of their job shadows, students may also have the opportunity to witness a surgery, sit in on medical exams or procedures, ride along on an ambulance call, help patients, witness the diagnostic process, and much more!

MedQuest camp accepts approximately 35 students statewide, with selections based on recommendations, GPA, and the overall quality of candidates' applications.

Still need more information? Click HERE to check out our MedQuest PowerPoint.

View photos from MedQuest 2018!


Open to Oregon high school students completing grades 9 through 12. Preference is given to students in NEOAHEC's 11-county region.

To be eligible to attend camp, students must be current on all immunizations (Hepatitis B, MMR, Chickenpox, Tdap).


June 17-21, 2019


Eastern Oregon University and surrounding medical community in La Grande, Oregon.


The camp fee is $400, including a $25 deposit, which must be submitted online with a debit or credit card when applying. Camp tuition will include all lodging, meals, activities, and supplies. A limited number of scholarships are available.


MedQuest provides an exclusive and comprehensive look at many careers in healthcare. Camp allows students to boost their resumes with unique experiences, and also gain insight that helps them identify their calling in the health field.

What To Bring To Camp

Things To Bring And Not To Bring

MedQuest cannot be responsible for damage, theft, or loss of personal property.  Put your name or an ID tag on all of your property.

Clothing required for Shadowing:

You will be involved in four Shadowing Experiences during camp. The following is required for each day:

  1. Dress pants and sports shirts (for boys)
  2. Dresses or dress pants and blouses (for girls)
  3. No open toed shoes 

See our page on Pinterest for ideas of appropriate business casual attire.

The following is not acceptable:

  1. Ragged/holey jeans
  2. Skirts, shorts, or dresses above the knee.
  3. Bare midriffs
  4. Shoulder straps less than 1 inch in width.
  5. Low cut shirts/blouses.
  6. Pants exposing underwear.
  7. Exposed tattoos
  8. More than 2 earrings per ear, or any other piercing.

Things to bring:

-Tennis shoes and comfortable dress shoes (no high heels, because you will be walking)

-Loose comfortable clothing for the rescue course (day 1)

-Shorts for recreation, swim suit for possible swimming

-Personal toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, soap, deodorant, towel, sunscreen, etc.)

-Sleeping bag / pillow – your dorm room will have a comfortable bed; no linens

-Laundry bag for dirty clothes


-Clothes hangers                                                                                                                      

-Hair dryer, curling iron

-Paper and pens/pencils

-Prescription medications/eye glasses, etc. (must be listed on Medical Treatment/Release Form)

-Alarm clock


Can bring if you want to (Optional):

-Money for personal purchases (a maximum of $50)



-Raincoat or umbrella

-Sunglasses and sunscreen

-Fan (dorm rooms can get hot in the summer)

-Discs for Frisbee Golf


-Large amounts of cash

-Anything very valuable--bring at your own risk!

Eastern has a bookstore in which you can purchase many of the items listed above (if you run out of something) or if you need other items after arriving on campus.  You may wish to bring cash for incidental expenses you might have. You DO NOT need money for your meals or residing in the dorms.

Application Instructions:

STEP 1: Online Application

Before you begin the application:

  • Have a credit card handy to submit the required $25 application fee (this will be refunded if you are not accepted)
  • Type up answers to the following essay questions in a Word document and be sure to save them. This application must be completed in one sitting and will not save your progress if an error arises. You will copy and paste these into the application:
  1. Why are you interested in a health-related career?
  2. What specific experiences would you like to gain from the presentations and job shadows at MedQuest? Please explain why these experiences would be valuable to you (Example: Obtaining your CPR certification, viewing procedures, fulfilling school requirements, etc.).
  3. Is a health occupations class or club with shadowing experience offered at your high school? If so, have you participated? Please explain.
  4. What are your interests outside of school? Explain.
  5. Please share information about your educational plans after high school.
  6. If you had to decide today, what would your career of choice be? Why?
  7. Is there any other information about yourself that you would like to share?
  8. What area(s) of healthcare interest you? (For example: Pediatrics, Nursing, etc.).

Apply HERE!

STEP 2: Resume

Send your professional resume as a Microsoft Word or PDF document to Brittany Hargrove at Be sure to include your school, work (if applicable), extracurricular, and health activities. Resumes are due by the application deadline (March 14th), but we highly recommend sending them immediately after you submit your online application.

Note: Your application will not be considered without the submission of a resume!

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La Grande, OR 97850
Fax: 541.962.3416