Summer Programs for High School Students

Medical Institute

XSPP-101 Medical Institute

Course Details

The Medical Institute is offered on the following dates:

June 19 - June 25, 2016

June 26 - July 2, 2016

July 3 - July 9, 2016

July 10 - July 16, 2016

During your one-week institute, you will get a snapshot of the Georgetown medical school curriculum and the field of medicine where you will address topics such as human anatomy and physiology, microbiology and infectious diseases, surgery, cancer, and biomedical ethics. Students will have the opportunity to work in the Gross Anatomy Lab and with a patient simulator and focus on some of today's pressing medical issues, such as preventative medicine, heart disease and HIV. The Georgetown Medical Center includes the nationally ranked School of Medicine and School of Nursing & Health Studies, in addition to the world-renowned Lombardi Cancer Center.

Core Topics Covered*

  • Gross anatomy
  • Cardiovascular physiology and pathology
  • Microbiology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Surgery
  • Cancer
  • Biomedical ethics
  • Current medical issues such as HIV
  • Introduction to alternative medicine
  • ICU medicine
  • Emergency medicine and trauma surgery
  • Autopsy

Hands-on Experience*

  • Work with a patient simulator
  • Use surgical box simulators
  • Practice dissection
  • See the latest in medical advances in a lab setting
  • Practice taking blood pressure, listening for heart sounds, working in the
    suture lab, conducting an ultrasound, analyzing a cadaver and more
  • Visit the National Museum of Health
  • Work with Georgetown medical students and professors

Sample Day*

8:00 9:00 a.m.     Breakfast in the Dining Hall

9:15 10:30 a.m.   GUMC Faculty Lecture: Genomics

10:45 12:15 p.m.    Understanding Human Subjects: The Patient Simulator

12:30 1:30 p.m.   Lunch

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.     Visit the National Museum of Health

5:00 6:00 p.m.     Discussion Section: Medical School Preparation Now!

6:15 7:00 p.m.     Dinner in the Dining Hall

7:30 9:00 p.m.     GUMC Faculty Lecture: The Online Dissector

* Core topics, hands-on experience and sample day are subject to change.


2016 Instructional Staff:
Medical Institute I and III
Mary Jenkins, Academic Director

Mary Jenkins graduated from the University of Notre Dame with BS in Biochemistry and a minor in theology and the honors program. Following graduation, she enrolled in the Alliance for Catholic Education and earned a Masters in Education. She has four years high school teaching experience at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School where she was also the science department chair. Last year, Mary graduated with a Masters in Physiology and is currently enrolled as a first year medical student at Georgetown University.  

Lindsey Hastings-Spaine, Assistant Academic Director
Lindsey Hastings-Spaine is the Assistant Academic Director for Medical Institutes I and III. She is currently a first-year medical student at Georgetown University’s School of Medicine. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Behavior in 2013 from Columbia University. Her research background includes investigating local drug delivery methods in the treatment of malignant brain tumors, and more recently, assessing disparate care within cardiovascular medicine. She has previous experience working as a Lab Assistant for Medical Institutes, and is thrilled to work with the team again this year.

Medical Institute II and IV
Allix Hillebrand, Academic Director

Allix is the Academic Director for Medical Institutes II and IV. She is a rising second-year medical student at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from American University’s School of International Service. Before going to medical school, Allix worked for two years at a medical simulation training center. Allix is pursuing a career in Ob/Gyn and medical education, and has a passion for teaching students of all ages.

Kate Sullivan, Assistant Academic Director

Kate Sullivan is the Assistant Academic Director for Medical Institutes II and IV. She is currently a first-year medical student at Georgetown University’s School of Medicine. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Stonehill College in 2012. Her research has focused on the transmission of neglected tropical diseases in the United States and in Haiti. Kate has worked in various aspects within the medical and educational fields, and she is very excited to being her experience and love of education to the Medical Institutes at Georgetown University. 

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