Exploring Careers in Health Occupations

It’s ECHO registration time again!

Register now for your slot in this year’s summer program. Applications are being accepted now through April 10, 2018. If you have questions, please contact Melissa Clark 301-777-9150, ext 115 or or Amanda Heavener 301-777-9150, ext 100 or
For your 2018 ECHO application click HERE.

Exploring Careers in Health Occupations (ECHO) is a health careers exploration program that provides fun, interactive, multi-disciplinary experiences through a variety of learning opportunities to high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in health care.


"The forensics presentation was so cool. I loved everything she said. I loved interacting with the nursing home residents."

"I liked that we got some hands-on experience in the school of nursing."

ECHO is the only summer residential program in the Western Maryland region that provides interactive experiences and exposure to a broad spectrum of health careers.  As an AHEC West signature health careers pipeline program, now in its 14th year, ECHO provides high schoolers hands-on experiences while exploring a wide variety of health careers. Ideally, ECHO encourages students pursuing a career in the health professions to return to a rural community to practice, a community preferably located in the Western Maryland region.

ECHO experiences include adventurous team building activities such as zip lining and white water rafting; tours at University of Maryland Medical Center and School of Medicine in Baltimore and the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center; interactions with practitioners, technicians, and a variety of health care employees; visits with local health departments, hospitals, and private physicians’ offices; hands-on experience with surgical simulators; engagement in leadership training; learning the steps needed to prepare for college; and experiencing a taste of college life by living in a dorm throughout the program.

It’s a fun and exciting week!