Spend 18 days exploring the fields of medicine and health care at the NSLC Medicine Intensive.

Do you want to practice cutting-edge surgical techniques? Do you see yourself working in the fast-paced field of Emergency Medicine? Or helping injured athletes regain their abilities as a Rehabilitation Medicine specialist? Maybe you’d like to learn more about Dermatology or what life is like as a Primary Care Physician? At the NSLC Medicine Intensive, you will spend 18 days exploring a variety of careers in the medical profession and gain insight into what areas of medicine may be right for you!

During this intensive 18-day program, you will experience careers in medicine hands-on during exciting simulations, visits to medical institutions, and special sessions with surgeons, physicians, researchers and other medical professionals.

Program Highlights

Clinical Diagnostic Simulation
Try your hand at clinical diagnostics. Interview your patients to learn their symptoms and their patient history. Conduct diagnostic tests and work with your team to find the right diagnosis. Develop a treatment plan and deliver it to your patient. During this exciting simulation you’ll learn what it’s like to provide expert patient care.

Medical Site Visits
Visit a variety of medical institutions, including Northwestern Medicine; the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago; the University of Illinois, Chicago Simulation Center; and the Northwestern University Prosthetic and Orthotics Center. During these special visits, you will hear from a variety of medical experts including doctors, researchers and med school professors. They will provide unique insight into your future career.

Medical Specialties Exploration
Learn more about the variety of careers in medicine. Hear from medical professionals and participate in hands-on activities to gain insight into different professions. Areas to be explored include: Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Dermatology, Family Practice, Sports Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine, Medical Research, and more.

Hands-On Simulations

The NSLC Medicine Intensive 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 other medical professionals during hands-on clinical and surgical workshops.

Once you’ve mastered the basics, you and your team will work quickly to diagnose and treat your patients in a true-to-life clinical diagnostic simulation. You will also put your skills to the test during visits to the Northwestern Medicine Simulation Lab and the UIC Graham Clinical Performance Center.

Hands-on workshops include:

  • Suturing
  • Testing Vital Signs
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Auscultation and Percussion
  • Intubation
  • Surgical Knot-Tying
  • Identifying Cranial Nerves
  • Ultrasound
  • CPR

Exclusive Guest Speakers

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.

Examples of past guest speakers include:

Dr. Warren Wallace, M.D.
Associate Dean for Admissions, Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Michael Terry, M.D.
Head Team Physician, Chicago Blackhawks

Dr. Katie Shahwan, M.D.
Dermatologist, Ohio State University Medical Center

Dr. Cindy Chang
USOC Chief Medical Officer, 2012 London Olympics

Dane Peterson
CEO of Emory University Hospital

Dr. Costas Hadjipanayis, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief of Neurosurgery, Emory University Hospital Midtown

Behind-the-Scenes 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:

Northwestern University

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine | University of Illinois, Chicago Simulation Center | International Museum of Surgical Science | Northwestern University Prosthetics and Orthotics Center | Rehabilitation/Adaptive Sports Center | Navy Pier | Magnificent Mile | Millennium Park |

Leadership Training

At the heart of each of our youth leadership programs is a curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. 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 Intensive program include:

  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Public Speaking
  • Intrapersonal Communication


Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

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Location Tuition
Chicago $5,595