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

Discover your specialty
Hear from current physicians, surgeons, and residents across multiple medical disciplines and find what path resonates with you.

Advanced clinical practice
Dig into hands-on workshops involving spinal cord and brain tissue dissections, skin biopsies, and laparoscopic surgery techniques.

Multiple mini interviews
Complete simulated MMIs, used in the medical school admissions process, to practice making informed care decisions under a time crunch while developing your interviewing skills.

Policy and advocacy project
Work with your team to lobby a public health campaign to Senators, pushing for changes in federal laws that will benefit both your patients and your fellow care providers.

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.

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. Francis Collins
Director, National Institutes of Health

Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy
U.S. Surgeon General

Dr. Darrell G. Kirch
President & CEO, Association of American Medical Colleges

Dr. Anthony Fauci
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

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

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

Dr. Eric Green
National Human Genome Research Institute

Dr. Paul B. Rothma
Dean of the Medical Faculty, Johns Hopkins University, and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine

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:

American University

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine | University of Maryland School of Medicine | R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center | F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services | The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences | American Red Cross Headquarters | The Smithsonian Institution | Historic D.C. Monuments at Night | Baltimore Harbor | Capitol Hill

Northwestern University

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine | Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago | Northwestern Prosthetic and Orthotics Center | University of Illinois Simulation Lab | Simpson-Querrey Research Institute | Museum of Science & Industry | Museum of Surgical Science

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

College Credit Option

American University (AU) and NSLC have a unique partnership that enables you to earn college credit by enrolling in a supplemental online course designed to correlate with your NSLC program’s area of study. By enrolling in this credit course, you will enjoy a stimulating, innovative, and personalized college-level learning experience that builds on your NSLC accomplishments. The course is for one credit and is taught in a self-paced, asynchronous format across six weeks, allowing ample time to complete assignments. The course is designed to work within the framework of NSLC; students are not expected to complete coursework while on campus. Students may register for college credit via their personal student portal (myNSLC) once they have enrolled in an NSLC session.

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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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Washington, D.C.$6,495
Chicago, IL$6,495