Scrubs, Gloves & Microscopes


Hands-on Experience

Scrubs, Gloves, & Microscopes (SGM) is a "hands-on" health careers exploration opportunity for high school students currently in grades 9 - 12. SGM gives you the opportunity to briefly experience life in a health profession, or health professional program. Each session is approx 3-4 hours in length. During each SGM session, you may:

  • Learn from professional school students and professionals in the field,
  • Participate in a hands-on experience,
  • Discover important next steps for pursing the featured career!

The schedule of SGM sessions varies each year, but here is a sampling of typical programming you can expect to find: Occupational Therapy, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, MD: Surgeons & Specialists, Nursing, Medical Lab Science, Dentistry, Pediatric Health Careers, MD: Surgeons & Specialists, Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine, Health Research.

Applying to SGM Programs

The 2014-2015 SGM season has ended. If you are interested in getting your name on a notification list for the 2015-2016 schedule, please fill out the SGM 2015-2016 Interest Form. The schedule and application for the 2015-2016 season will be released sometime late summer 2015, typically around September 1st.

You are always welcome to contact our office at 612-624-6767 or SGM Program Coordinator Laura Fyfe directly at 612-624-0903 with any questions.

Past Scrubs, Gloves & Microscopes

See some photos from past SGM events on our Health Careers Center Facebook page.

Hands-on Experience

Students walking outsideGroup Application Steps

The Health Careers Center will occasionally arrange group visits (calendar-permitting). Programs are fee-based and can be arranged for a ½ day or full day experience. High school classes, hospital-based youth programs, medical explorer groups, and other interested parties can make arrangements to have a health careers exploration experience coordinated by the Health Careers Center at the University of Minnesota. All programming options are contingent upon the availability of our University Academic Health Center partners and final programming decisions are at the discretion of the Health Careers Center.

Groups must be between 25-30 students, with 30 students being the maximum. Please allow at least 4 months planning time to coordinate arrangements for your trip. For more information contact Laura Fyfe at or call 612-624-6767.

The SGM Application opens in the Fall

The SGM Application will be live after Sept 1, 2015. The application process will be changing to a fully online system for the 2015-2016 season. More details to come.

We encourage families to read the Frequently Asked Questions page before completing your application.

Please contact the HCC with any questions at 612-624-6767 or