Established by St. Vincent Hospital Foundation in 2007, the Healthcare Exploration Program provides an opportunity to local high school students to experience careers in health care in a real-world setting. Through a collaboration with CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, this competitive program exposes highly-motivated local high school students interested in medicine to more than 30 hospital departments, including clinical and nonclinical settings.

During the months of June and July, students representing all county high schools are a part of the rigorous, professional environment of our hospital. The HEP offers students the opportunity to explore healthcare careers by working in an actual hospital environment under the supervision of supportive healthcare personnel. They are exposed to patient care and how departments and professions work together to perform the functions of a comprehensive medical facility. Rotations through various departments enable participants to observe practices and procedures, interact with providers, and experience what it is like to work in the healthcare field. Presentations, discussions, and hands-on activities and projects round out the program to create a dynamic, in-depth educational experience.

CHRISTUS St. Vincent and the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation believe in the potential of Santa Fe’s youth and seek to give all interested students the opportunity and support to pursue a career path that leads to excellence in a clinical or non-clinical profession. By making investments of time and resources, students who might not see the opportunity for a rewarding career in their community are exposed to numerous possibilities for caring for their loved ones, neighbors, and friends while enjoying a fulfilling and well-paying career.

The Healthcare Exploration Program is funded entirely by donations from generous supporters.

Special thanks to Newman’s Own for their ongoing support of this crucial program.

To apply for the program, please fill out the application below.

Please contact Terry Strle, HEP Coordinator (terry.strle@stvin.org) with any questions.

(505) 913-5113

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Thank you for your interest in the Healthcare Exploration Program. Please complete the following application form and short essays, and provide all other requested documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All applications, in their completed form, are due by 4:00 p.m. on February 9, 2018 at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Office of Human Resources, 465 St. Michael’s #118.  Should a weather emergency require the closing of our office, the application will be due the next business day the office is open.

Postmarks are not considered.

All applications must be type-written. Hand-written applications will not be accepted.


Your Application Submission must include:

  1. Completed application signed by student and parent/guardian

  2. Media consent form signed by student and parent/guardian

  3. Personal recommendation in an envelope signed across the seal by the recommender

  4. Teacher recommendation in an envelope signed across the seal by the teacher

  5. Official copy of transcripts and attendance/tardy records from the past academic year and current academic year through the end of the second quarter or first semester of the 2017-2018 academic year

  6. Typed responses to short essay questions (12 point font, 1 inch margins)

  7. Photocopy of student ID clearly showing photo


Failure to include any of the application materials, or leaving blanks in the application form, will result in the disqualification of your application. The receptionist will not be able to review the application when it is delivered.

Qualifications for participation in the program:

  1. The Healthcare Exploration Program (HEP) is only for current high school students and high school seniors graduated by June 2018.  

  2. All successful applicants must agree to a drug/alcohol test before they begin the program. Should the successful applicant have a drug test positive for any drug for which they do not have a current prescription, they will be eliminated from the program.

  3. Only applicants that will be 16 years old by the start of the program will be considered.

  4. Only applicants who attend a school with district offices in Santa Fe County will be considered.

  5. Only applicants who have received all childhood immunizations will be considered. There is no conscientious objector allowance.  Immunizations records will be submitted to the Employee Health nurse when successful applicants complete the drug/alcohol screening.

  6. Applicants who are finalists must be interviewed by the selection committee. If a student is unable to attend an interview, they will not be considered for the program. Students selected for an interview will be notified by the end of March 2018. Interviews will be held April 2018.

  7. The 2018 program will be held Monday-Thursday, June 4-28, from 8:30 to 2:30 daily*. Only students who can attend the entire program will be considered. Please DO NOT apply if you are unavailable during published program dates. *Adjustments may be made to schedule as deemed necessary.

  8. Applicants must have a valid email address that they check daily as all communication is via email. Applicants who do not respond to email correspondence will be eliminated from consideration.

  9. Cumulative grade point average should be a “B” (3.0) or better at the time of application. GPA for the past academic year through most recent quarter or semester is considered.

  10. Those applicants with excessive tardiness or unexplained absences will not be considered.

  11. Only one personal and one teacher recommendation will be considered. Recommendation letters received that are not sealed in an envelope and signed across the seal by the recommender will result in the application being eliminated from consideration. Recommendation letters must be included in the application packet and are not to arrive via email or under separate cover from the application packet.

  12. Successful applicants will be asked to complete a workbook prior to the start of the program. Failure to complete requested activities will forfeit applicants spot in the program.


Note: All applications are blinded for student and parent identities, address, gender, and school attended before the applications are distributed to the members of the selection committee and that information is not used in deciding who is chosen to be interviewed. Should an applicant wish to have an employee of CHRISTUS St. Vincent serve as a reference, that employee should be asked to complete the personal reference form. Telephone calls, emails, and other personal contact of the selection committee is not allowed.  

When you're done, click the SUBMIT button at the bottom of this page.

Application Form  ~  Deadline: Friday, February 9, 2018
School year completed by June 2018




Please list your top 3 activities — athletic, artistic, community, musical, etc. — in the order of their importance to you.
Number of Years
Positions, Awards or Levels Achieved
Choose one activity and briefly discuss how your participation has contributed to your growth.
List 3 places where you have been employed and/or done volunteer work, your responsibilities, the duration, and contact information for each work or volunteer experience.
Choose one work or volunteer experience and briefly discuss how your participation has contributed to your growth.
Do you speak another language in addition to English?



Please complete the following sentences:
My three greatest strengths are:
Three areas of improvement for me would be:
Three areas of the healthcare field that interest me the most include:
Have you ever been convicted of a crime? (A conviction will not bar you from consideration in this program.)  



If yes, please explain:
Is there any circumstance which might limit your participation during the HEP program?  



If yes, please explain:
I certify that all information given is true to the best of my knowledge and that the short essay questions are not plagiarized nor written by someone else on my behalf (Assistance with composition and proofreading is acceptable.) I understand that, if selected to participate in HEP, I will be required to submit to an alcohol/drug test.
I understand that if selected my child/ward will participate in observation-only clinical rotations in real patient care settings, receive education regarding medical subjects and clinical situations that may be graphic, and receive information regarding health-related issues and the circumstances contributing to those issues. I understand that if selected to participate in HEP, my child/ward will be required to submit to an alcohol/drug test. I do hereby consent to my child’s/ward’s participation in the CHRISTUS St. Vincent Healthcare Exploration Program.
Write one fully developed paragraph response to each of the following questions or statements. Be mindful to write with attention to clear, specific content as well as grammar. Although you are most welcome to get assistance with organizing your thoughts and proofreading, the final work must be your own and you should be prepared to discuss your answers should you be chosen for an interview.
1. Why should you be chosen for this program?
2. If you could select one area of Health Care to focus on in this program, what would that be and why?
3. Explain an ethical dilemma you have had experience with and what your response to the dilemma was.
4. Should you be selected for this program, what do you hope to get from participating? What can we expect you to contribute?
Media Consent Form  ~  Deadline: Friday, February 9, 2018

For publicity, promotional, advertising, printed, or educational material I hereby consent to being photographed, filmed, and/or interviewed by St. Vincent Hospital Foundation and CHRISTUS St. Vincent. I hereby give my permission that these photographs, films, and information may be used as follows:


I understand that photographs, film/videotape, and/or interviews are intended for public viewing and I consent to the use and release of my identity.

For radio, television and/or print media

You will need a Teacher Recommendation and a Personal Recommendation. Please have a teacher, and someone who is not a teacher or relative, click on the appropriate links below and fill out the electronic form.

You will also need your school's registrar to upload your school records to this site. Just have your parent(s)/guardian(s) fill out the downloadable PDF consent form (below), give it to the registrar and have them upload your records using the link below.

Good luck!

Teacher Recommendation Form Area

Personal Recommendation Form Area

Registrar Consent Form

Registrar Form Area

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