Academic Health Center

Health Careers Center

Scrubs, Gloves & Microscopes

"Hands-on Experience"

Scrubs, Gloves & Microscopes (SGM) is a “hands-on” health career exploration opportunity for high school students currently in grades 9-12. SGM gives you the opportunity to briefly experience life in a health profession. Each program is about 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, and discover important next steps for pursuing the featured career.

Applying to SGM Programs
The individual student application process is outlined on the SGM Application page.

Update from February 2015
We have received a record amount of SGM applications for this school year. All of the programs have already filled, as well as any remaining program waitlists. We are doing our best to process applications and send out communications in a timely manner. We appreciate your patience with us! 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. Thank you.

Want to get notified about next year's SGM program schedule?
If you would like to get your name/email on a list to be notified when the SGM schedule for next year (2015-2016) is released (typically after the Labor Day holiday weekend each fall), please enter your information on the SGM 2015-2016 Interest Form online.

See some photos from past SGM events on our HCC Facebook page.

Schedule of Dates

Look here for our 2014-2015 schedule of programs and dates. Each year we feature over 10 different health professions to choose from! The application process can be found on the SGM Application page.

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Since some sessions fill quickly, students are encouraged to submit their application early in the school year. However, registration is not complete until all application materials (and payment) are received by our office. Please see the application instructions for full details.

Group 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 after Labor Day

The SGM Application will be live starting September 3, 2014.

Please see the SGM Application page for full details and instructions!

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

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