How You'll Benefit
- Connect with thought leaders and practitioners in the field of medicine
- Attend classes at the Georgetown University Medical Center
- Learn about 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
- Receive a Certificate of Participation upon successful completion
Program Format & Subject Areas
Anatomy & Physiology
The Anatomy & Physiology track provides students with a snapshot of first-year medical school curriculum, a “mini” medical school, so to speak. As you study topics ranging from neuroscience and pathology to immunology, cardiology, and endocrinology, you will learn the science of how human body systems work. Starting with basic human anatomy, we will branch into the various body systems and wrap up with how they all work together. Whether you plan to be an emergency physician, pediatrician, oncologist, or nurse anesthesiologist, you will be given the opportunity to explore how clinicians of various specialties use their knowledge of these body systems to monitor health and cure disease. 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.
The Neuroscience track exposes students to the fundamentals of neurobiology incorporating a clinical focus from which to explore how the nervous system functions. Patient cases will be used to 1) promote discussion of central nervous system (CNS) injuries, related disorders, and diseases across the lifespan, 2) guide your learning of CNS function by studying cellular (neurons/glia) through systems (sensory/motor/cognitive) anatomy, 3) facilitate your skills to search for information using primary, secondary, and tertiary sources, 4) introduce you to medical treatments, medication, brain imaging, and related basic science and clinical research, 5) enhance your awareness of careers in the medical profession and undergraduate majors to get you there, 6) explore topics of neuroethics, and 7) help you to develop, contribute, and compete in small groups as a final project. You'll leave the program with an understanding and appreciation of some governing principles of nervous system design, function, effect of injury, and recovery of function.
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. Students will have the opportunity to draw on 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. Students will have the opportunity to engage with these interdisciplinary public policy themes through real-time analysis on the impact and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.