Program Highlights

  • Learn real life techniques such as suturing, setting a splint, wound care, and taking vital signs
  • Visit a simulation lab where medical and healthcare students and professors hone and refine their life-saving skills
  • Gain valuable knowledge about diverse educational and career opportunities in medicine and healthcare
  • Work in teams of detective doctors as you research, diagnose, and develop a treatment plan for a simulated patient

Program Highlights

  • Learn real life techniques such as suturing, setting a splint, wound care, and taking vital signs
  • Visit a simulation lab where medical and healthcare students and professors hone and refine their life-saving skills
  • Gain valuable knowledge about diverse educational and career opportunities in medicine and healthcare
  • Work in teams of detective doctors as you research, diagnose, and develop a treatment plan for a simulated patient
  • W H E N
    • Session 1: June 24 - July 7, 2018
    • Session 2: July 8 - July 21, 2018
    • Session 3: July 22 - August 4, 2018

Overview

Considering a career in medicine? Thinking about being a pre-med major in college? Do you love biology, are fascinated about the human body, or want a career helping people but aren’t sure where to start? These are big questions that can influence the next four to twelve years of your life.  Summer Springboard gives you a 360 degree view of the medical and healthcare field, as well as immersive learning through hands-on projects and simulations.

Learn real world skills in emergency medicine through our hands-on, field-based curriculum.  Learning has never been so fun! For those considering medical school, you’ll have a chance to meet with students currently in med school  who will answer your questions and share their insider perspective on what it’s really like and how they got in. Additionally, meet real world medical professionals and learn about the wide variety of occupations in healthcare.

Hands-On Learning

Spend the first week learning basic medical skills and getting training on how to handle situations when medical care is not immediately available. Simulations will allow you to learn and practice hands-on medical techniques including positioning and extraction, wound care, control of bleeding, stitches and sutures, usage of splints and slings, and other useful potentially life-saving skills.

The second week focuses on being a detective doctor. In small groups, you will be given limited information on a simulated patient whose life depends on the success of your work. Your medical team will be required to research the patient’s history and symptoms, create a diagnosis based on your findings, and develop a treatment plan. This simulation will teach you how to respond to a patient just like a medical professional, assessing information and applying your medical knowledge in high pressure environments.

Real World Insights

Throughout the program, meet a variety of experts in the field of healthcare that will provide advice and tips on academic preparation and professional pathways to explore. Take excursions to real life clinical facilities and meet with real world experts. Whether it’s getting a behind-the-scenes tour of a local hospital, touring a collection of brains from one of the world’s most renowned neurosurgeons, or meeting with a healthcare entrepreneur, these encounters will broaden your perspective about the field of medicine and healthcare. Last summer’s guest speakers included Dr. Jessica Coviello, a professor at the Yale School of Nursing.

Med School Panel: Meet with students currently enrolled in med school and ask them everything you’ve ever wanted to know: admissions, prerequisites, workload, and more! They will share an inside perspective into one of the nation’s most prestigious centers of medical education.

College Planning

Through our True You curriculum, students engage in a series of personality assessments, interest inventories, and reflection sessions to learn more about who they are and how that aligns with potential academic and career choices. This helps students make better informed decisions about some of life’s most important choices. We will also discuss the wide variety of professions within the medical field, such as physical therapy, physician's assistants, phlebotomy and more.

About the Course

This course was designed by Busi M. Mafanya, M.D., M.P.H. Dr. Mafanya is a neurologist with extensive experience in South Africa. She obtained her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College. After medical school and residency in Cape Town, she completed further training in public health at Harvard University. Her global perspective on medicine and public health provide a lens to support the development of this curriculum. While our instructors at each campus change from year to year, Dr. Mafanya is an ongoing advisor to this program.