S.T.E.M. Programs

Medicine & Health Care

Train for your future career as a medical professional at the NSLC on Medicine & Health Care.
  • Level: High School
  • Grades: Enrolled in 9-12
  • Length: 9 days
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, and 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

Dates & Locations

Hands-On 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 other medical professionals during hands-on clinical rounds.

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. 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.
Hands-on workshops include:

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. Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, National Institutes of Health

Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy
U.S. Surgeon General

Dr. Rachel Brem, M.D.
Director, Breast Imaging and Intervention Center

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

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

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

Dr. Ira Schwartz, M.D.
Director of Admissions, Emory University School of 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
  • F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services
  • MedStar Health Simulation Training & Education Lab (SiTEL)
  • Walter Reed Medical Center
  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • Historic D.C. Monuments at Night
  • Baltimore Harbor
  • Capitol Hill

Harvard Medical School

  • Harvard Medical School
  • Harvard University & Harvard Square
  • Historic Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market

Northwestern University

  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • University of Illinois, Chicago Simulation Center
  • Navy Pier
  • Magnificent Mile

Rice University

  • Texas Medical Center
  • McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Space Center Houston
  • Kemah Boardwalk

University of California, Berkeley

  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Trauma Center and Learning Lab
  • Gladstone Institutes at University of California, San Francisco
  • University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square

University of California, Los Angeles

  • UCLA Medical Center
  • Cedars Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center
  • California Science Center
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Santa Monica Pier
  • Farmers Market

University of Miami

  • University of Miami School of Nursing & Health Studies Simulation Hospital
  • The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
  • Lincoln Road

University of Washington

  • University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Space Needle
  • Pike Place Market
  • Museum of Pop Culture

Vanderbilt University

  • Vanderbilt Medical Center
  • Grand Ole Opry
  • Nashville Zoo
  • Centennial 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 & Health Care program include:


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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