How You'll Benefit
- Connect with thought leaders and practitioners in the field of medicine
- Take classes at the Georgetown University Medical Center
- Practice modern medical techniques
- Hear guest lectures from experts within the D.C. medical community
- Connect with Georgetown University School of Medicine faculty, staff, and medical students
- Create a research-based poster tied to a theme from the program
Program Format & Subject Areas
As a student in the 3-Week Medical Academy, you'll spend your time engaged in a combination of class sessions, field trips, hands-on workshops, group discussions, and extracurricular activities. You'll register for one of four tracks: Anatomy & Physiology, Neuroscience, Emergency Medicine, or Social Medicine & Public Policy.
Anatomy & Physiology
In the Anatomy & Physiology track, you'll explore topics ranging from pathology and anatomy to immunity, cardiology, and endocrinology. Over the course of the program, you'll have opportunities to gain hands-on practice through lab and field work, including human cadaveric dissections, patient case studies and simulations, and blood pressure testing. You'll leave the program with a deeper understanding of the world of medicine, as well as the tools that prepare you to pursue medical school.
In the Emergency Medicine track, you’ll learn basic medical techniques through a blend of classroom learning and hands-on practice. You’ll participate in simulations, where you’ll be challenged to conduct rapid assessments of and treatments for a wide range of undiagnosed patients exhibiting various symptoms. Throughout the program, you’ll explore fundamentals such as the steps in physical examinations, positioning and extracting, wound care, control of bleeding, stitches and suturing, control of bleeding, airway management, CPR, oxygen administration, medication administration, usage of stents, and splinting. You’ll leave the program with a broader understanding of the inner workings of the pre-hospital emergency medical services system, patient triage, and the basics of lifesaving skills.
In the Neuroscience track, you’ll cover the fundamentals of Neurobiology, with a focus on the cellular basis of nervous system function. You will begin with a review of brain anatomy and an introduction to general molecular and cell biology. Next, you will examine the cellular composition and organization of the nervous system, the characteristics, and functions of neurons and glia, and the ways that signals are relayed within the nervous system. Then, you will study input (or sensory) systems and output (or motor) systems. Neural plasticity and learning, nervous system development and evolution, and types of dysfunction in the brain will be addressed. By the end of the program, you’ll have a better understanding of the molecular and cellular components of the nervous system and the governing principles of nervous system design and function. Over the course of the program, you'll have opportunities to explore neuroethics, majors and careers, and participate in a brain-centered academic competition.
Social Medicine & Public Policy
The Social Medicine & Public Policy track is designed for students interested in covering the fundamentals of public health policy. We will explore models and methods of public policy to gain an interdisciplinary understanding to analyze real-world problems. Students will reflect on the meaning of democracy, freedom, justice and equality, as well as investigate how advocacy leads to change in public policy. In doing this, we hope to help you develop your capacity for leadership; and become part of a community committed to personal growth. Taking advantage of our location in the nation’s capital, students will have the opportunity to engage with policy think tanks and organizations that fight for health equity through education, training, service and advocacy. We will work to identify and address the concepts of population health, and the basic processes, approaches, and interventions focusing on the major health-related needs and concerns of populations. In doing so, we will integrate the core elements of public health with a selected area of specialization to recognize how the field of public health applies to individuals, communities, and society overall.
It was amazing to be surrounded by such high caliber students and staff who were all encouraging and fabulous to work with. I took away many positive things from my week as a Summer Hoya.
The program offers so much–from the off-site visits to the daily lectures and the on campus activities. The lectures were interesting, meeting new people was great and the off-site visits were interactive and intriguing.
My #SummerHoya experience was enriching, inspiring, and rewarding; if I could turn back the clock, I’d do it all over again.
As I am filling out my college applications, I am able to think back to my memories from the summer and I am reassured that I am pursuing the right educational path.
Having the chance to experience once in a lifetime opportunities and getting to meet people from around the world made it so I got to really experience what college life was like.