Medicine & Health Care

Learn essential medical skills from a surgeon

At the National Student Leadership Conference on Medicine & Health Care, serving as a health professional becomes a reality. While at the NSLC, you will:

  • Perform clinical rounds
  • Learn medical examination and surgical techniques
  • Participate in diagnosis and treatment while solving the mystery of a fatal outbreak sweeping the nation

You and your team will grapple with controversial medical issues, learn about today’s health care challenges and explore advanced scientific research in areas such as cancer and HIV/AIDS.

Program Highlights:

  • Clinical experiences: Learn and practice suturing and surgical knot-tying with a surgeon.
  • Visit medical facilities: Interact with practicing physicians, scientific researchers, medical school students and residents.
  • Diagnose and treat patients: Participate in a challenging medical outbreak simulation.

Interactive Career Simulations

The NSLC on Medicine & Health Care uses an interactive approach to learning that gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the challenging complexities of the medical profession. Our youth leadership summer medical programs for high school students will expose you to the techniques of doctors and nurses during hands-on clinical rounds, including: Suturing, Testing Vital Signs, Surgical Knot-Tying and Identifying Cranial Nerves. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you and your team will work quickly to diagnose and treat your patients in a true-to-life outbreak simulation.

In addition to learning these clinical and surgical techniques, you will explore other areas of study and career paths with health care. You will work with your team to identify a public health issue affecting your community. Then, you will develop an intervention to address that concern. In the past, lectures have introduced students to physical therapy, veterinary medicine, and biotechnology.

Tour Medical Facilities

The NSLC on Medicine and Health Care has created special partnerships with medical facilities across the country to provide unparalleled access and experiences for our summer medical program students.

Our current partnerships include:

Harvard Medical School

NSLC students attending the Medicine and Health Care program in Boston have the unique opportunity to learn from doctors, professors, and researchers from Harvard Medical School, the top-ranked medical school in the country. While on campus, students will be able to learn clinical skills through hands-on simulations and tour labs were cutting-edge research is being conducted. Through lectures and panel discussions with doctors and researches, students learn what it takes to be successful at one of our nation’s top medical institutions.

Chicago, IL: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is proud to participate in the National Student Leadership Conference on Medicine & Health Care. For 150 years, the Feinberg School has educated and trained some of the nation’s most accomplished clinicians, researchers, and educators. Along with the NSLC and its partner institutions, Northwestern is committed to helping students from across the country/globe develop the necessary skills to advance their professional careers through hosting prestigious summer medical programs for high school students.

With a longstanding tradition of community engagement and educational outreach, Northwestern embraces this opportunity to advance the NSLC mission through the NSLC on Medicine & Health. On behalf of the faculty, staff, students, and trainees at the Feinberg School of Medicine, we look forward to learning alongside you and your fellow youth leadership program attendees.

San Francisco, CA: J. David Gladstone Institutes

Since the summer of 2005, NSLC summer medical program students at our UC Berkeley program have had the unique opportunity to spend a half day hearing from distinguished scientists and medical researchers at the J. David Gladstone Institutes. During this special youth leadership program, NSLC students go behind-the-scenes in the Gladstone research labs, learning the techniques used to find cures for such illnesses as cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer’s disease. Due to the Gladstone’s diligent logistical planning and generous resources, NSLC students have been exposed to ground-breaking research within the medical sciences.

Washington, D.C.: University of Maryland School of Medicine

NSLC high school summer medical program students at our Washington, D.C. program have had the special opportunity to spend a half day hearing from distinguished doctors and medical professionals at the UMD School of Medicine. From visiting the nation’s oldest public medical school to going behind-the-scenes in the anatomy lab, NSLC summer medical program students have the opportunity to see firsthand one of the nation’s premier medical schools. As part of their experience, students will meet with some of the school’s top medical students as they gain a valuable opportunity to learn what medical school is really like.

This trip is supplemented by a visit to the MedStar Health Simulation Training & Education Lab (SiTEL).  At SiTEL students have the opportunity to try their hand at suturing and surgical knot tying, learn what to do in a Code Blue with patient simulators, practice CRP, and practice with laparoscopic surgery simulators.

Atlanta, GA: Emory University Hospital

The Medicine and Health Care program in Atlanta provides NSLC students the opportunity to visit and interact with doctors and professionals from some of premier medical institutions in the Southern United States. During an exclusive visit to Emory University Hospital, students are able to view a live webcast of a surgical procedure and have the ability to interact with and ask questions to the doctors in the room. Students also participate in a discussion panel with Emory University medical, public health, and nursing students gaining an insiders perspective on what it takes to succeed at one of the nation’s top medical schools.

Additionally, NSLC students are able to tour one of the best public hospitals in the country, Grady Memorial Hospital, and its Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center. Student also have a half-day experience at Morehouse School of Medicine, a medical school that consistently received high ranks in primary care and social mission.

Meet Medical Professionals

While at the NSLC’s summer high school medical program, you will meet with and learn from leaders in the medical community. In past years, NSLC students have heard from special guest speakers including the Surgeon General, the Director of the American Red Cross and top medical researchers from the National Institutes of Health and the J. David Gladstone Institutes.

  • Dr. Mark Lippman, Director, Lombardi Cancer Center
  • Dr. David Elkin, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF
  • Dr. Richard Marfuggi, MD, Plastic Surgeon
  • Dr. Fereidoon Parsioon, MD, Neurosurgeon
  • Rear Admiral David Rutstein, Chief Medical Officer, US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
  • Dr. Cindy Chang, Chief Medical Officer, Team USA Summer Olympics 2012 & Cal Bears Head Team Physician
  • Dr. Issac Yang, MD, UCLA Department of Neurosurgery
  • Dr. Douglas Crawford, PhD, Associate Director, QB3
  • Dr. Kristi Graves, PhD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University
  • Dr. Steven Woolf, MD, MPH, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
  • Dr. Douglas B. Kamerow, Former Assistant Surgeon General
  • Dr. Carnell Cooper, Trauma Surgeon, Univ. of Maryland School of Medicine

College-Level Curriculum

At the NSLC, you will enjoy college-level lectures from accomplished doctors on the art and science of medicine. The lecture series will give you a foundation of knowledge that will be vital to your success, not only during the conference but in your future career in the medical profession.

Topics include:
  • Medicine in the 21st Century
  • Medical Ethics
  • A Day in the Life of a Surgeon
  • Toxicology
  • Public Health
  • An Introduction to Biotechnology

Leadership Workshops

At the heart of each of our youth leadership programs is a curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. From the beginning of your program you will learn to work as a team during an exciting Ropes Challenge Course. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

Leadership topics tailored to the Medicine & Health Care program include:
  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Public Speaking
  • Ethical Decision-Making

Trips & Tours

An important part of the NSLC summer high school medical program is seeing the sites around some of our nation’s greatest cities. These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the area of Medicine.  These trips may include:

Chicago, IL
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Northwestern Simulation Center
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Navy Pier
  • Magnificent Mile


Washington, D.C.
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • MedStar Health Simulation Training & Education Lab (SiTEL)
  • Walter Reed Medical Center
  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • Historic D.C. Monuments at Night
  • Baltimore Harbor
  • Capitol Hill


Boston, MA
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Harvard University & Harvard Square
  • Historic Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market
San Francisco, CA
  • San Francisco General Hospital Trauma Center and Learning Lab
  • J. David Gladstone Institutes at University of California, San Francisco
  • University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square


Atlanta, Georgia
  • Emory University Hospital
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Health Systems Institute at Georgia Tech
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change
  • Georgia Aquarium


Seattle, Washington
  • University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Space Needle
  • Experience Music Project Museum