Summer Programs for High School Students

Medical Institute

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Medical Institute I, II, III, and IV are now full and registration is closed.  Please do not add yourself to the waitlist until you have completed an application.  Students without a completed application will not be considered.

The Summer Programs for High School Students offer a variety of Institutes.  We encourage you to consider registering in an alternative Institute.

This Institute will run on the following dates:

Section I: June 22 - June 29, 2014

Section II: June 29 - July 6, 2014

Section III: July 6 - July 13, 2014

Section IV: July 13 - July 20, 2014

During your eight-day 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 to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center

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.


Faculty Biographies
Medical Institute I and III
Ramzy Khabbaz, Academic Director

Medical Institute II and IV
Alex Solomon, Academic Director

Alex Solomon is a first year medical student at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.  As an undergraduate Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia, Alex served as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic for the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad. He also has conducted research in a molecular cancer genetics laboratory while pursuing dual Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Spanish.  For his research efforts, Alex contributed as the second author to the 2011 Laboratory Investigation article entitled “Loss of VOPP1 overexpression in squamous carcinoma cells induces apoptosis through oxidative cellular injury.”  

After graduating with distinction, Alex pursued his passion for education and joined the Teach For America Miami-Dade Corps as a tenth grade biology instructor.  Following a successful first year, Alex was selected to re-design the biology curriculum for 13 high schools and was nominated for the Rookie Teacher of the Year Award.  He continued to inspire and motivate his students and as a result, they achieved the highest scores in high school history on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.  Alex also worked beyond the confines of his classroom volunteering his time to tutor students and serving as the Varsity Baseball Head Coach.  Alex currently serves as an elected member of the Student Medical Education Committee for the Georgetown University School of Medicine and volunteers on the Emergency Disaster Response Team.

Medical Institute I and III
Ramzy Khabbaz, Academic Director

Ramzy participated in the 2013 Medical Institutes and returns this year as the Academic Director for Medical Institute I and III. 

Ramzy is currently teaching in the “GeorgeSquared,” a joint Masters Program conducted by George Mason University and Georgetown University.  In this position, he facilitates daily lectures for a cohort of Masters students, advises them on medical school applications, and assists with teaching.

Ramzy's interest in teaching began during high school when he and his younger brother assumed the roles of organizing an after-school tutoring and mentorship program at the Northwest Community Center in Rockford, IL. Continuing in this spirit, he volunteered weekly during his undergraduate career in Ann Arbor, MI tutoring high school students at the Spectrum Center. He hopes to carry this passion into academic medicine.

Ramzy graduated from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor in 2012 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and then moved to Washington, D.C. where he received an M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics in 2013 from Georgetown University. He will be starting medical school in the fall.


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I loved the hands-on experience of this program. I enjoyed the anatomy labs and patient simulators. Living independently was exciting! The whole experience reassured me I am heading in the right direction in choosing medicine as my future." Allison, Rapid City, SD