Summer Programs for High School Students

Medical Immersion

XSPP-120 Medical Immersion

Course Details

This program has reached capacity and is now waitlisting for Summer 2017. Students applying for this program might also be interested in the Medical Institute or Forensic Science Institute.


The Medical Immersion is offered on the following dates:

July 9 - July 29, 2017


You will gain tools to prepare you for medical school and later for a career in medicine. In this course, you will get a snapshot of a first-year medical school curriculum as you study topics ranging from neuroscience and pathology to anatomy, immunity, cardiology, and endocrinology. Practical learning opportunities that allow students to understand the structures and functions of the human body and organs include human cadaveric dissections and patient case studies. The course includes lectures, laboratory work and fieldwork components. Labs may include patient simulations, blood pressure testing, light microscopic examination of prepared slides and dissections.

The program concludes with a group poster session. This session provides an opportunity for you to display and speak about what you have learned over the course of the program with friends and family. You will work in a small group to create a research project-based poster that is tied to a theme from your course.



Medical Immersion students will be visiting the Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. In order to attend this off site visit, enrolled students must complete the Shock Trauma Center Consent Form and submit it as an attachment when uploading their Campus Life Forms.

Core Topics Covered*

  • Current medical trends

  • Endocrinology

  • Anatomy

  • Gastrointestinal and renal systems

  • Brain anatomy

  • Neural processes

  • Cardiology

  • Respiratory functions

  • Immunology

  • Histology

  • Suturing

  • Organs and Body Cavities

Hands-on Experience*


  • Connect with thought leaders and practitioners in the field of medicine

  • Analyze metabolic disorders

  • Perform blood pressure testing

  • Visit the Georgetown University Medical Center Gross Anatomy Lab

  • Work in a lab setting and use light microscopic examination techniques

  • Hear from guest lecturers from the Washington, DC medical community

  • Connect with Georgetown faculty and medical staff


Sample Schedule*




7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.



9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Classroom sessions taught by Georgetown University faculty that include lectures, guest speakers, hands-on activities, small group discussions, and/or off site visits.


12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m



1:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Classroom session lead by Assistant Academic Director that include guest speakers, hands-on activities, small group discussions, and/or off site visits.


3:30 p.m.

Academic programming ends for the day.


3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

During this time there may be some mandatory academic programs scheduled. When academic programming is not scheduled students may choose to study, work on group projects, homework, optional free time, or take part in organized enrichment activities such as: local college tours, intramural sports, workshops like time management, or guided cultural exploration of the city. Students will receive a detailed schedule on the first day of check-in.


5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.



7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Residential Living Supervision and Activities


Students are typically engaged in academic programming from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with free time and optional residential living activities until curfew. Students arrive and check-in on Sunday and depart on the last Saturday of the program.


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

**Tuition includes 19 meals per week. Monday-Friday students attend Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. On the weekends students attend Brunch and Dinner.


Instructional Staff


If you have any questions in regards to the Academic or Non-Academic Programming, please contact


Dr. Carlos Suárez-Quian, Anatomy Curriculum Advisor

Carlos A. Suárez-Quian, Ph.D. is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Harvard University and post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Child Health. In 1987, Dr. Suárez-Quian joined the Department of Cell Biology at Georgetown University Medical Center. He currently resides in the Department of Biochemistry as a full professor. Dr. Suárez-Quian has published over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 10 chapters and received extensive funding from the NIH. He has spoken at numerous national and international meetings, and taught in the Frontiers of Reproduction Course at Woods Hole.


Dr. Suárez-Quian is director of medical gross anatomy and teaches medical and graduate students. He is the recipient of the Golden Apple, the Geza Illes, and the Kaiser-Permanente teaching awards. In May 2008, he was inducted into the MAGIS Society of Master Teachers, the highest award Georgetown bestows on its faculty. He was a founding member and co-directs the Georgetown Medical Center Mini Medical School Program, now in its 20th year.  He is the author of the Online Guided Gross Anatomy Dissector, Sinauer Associates, Inc., and co-author of The Clinical Anatomy of the Cranial Nerves, 2015, by J.A. Vinlensky, W.M. Robertson and C.A. Suárez-Quian. More recently, he published the seven book series of All-in-One Anatomy Exam Review: Image-Based Questions and Answers in Apple iBooks with J.A. Vilensky. Dr. Suárez-Quian is one of 15 national judges for the annual Intel Science Competition.


Dr. Malika Danner, Academic Director

Dr. Malika Danner has an extensive background in biomedical research, teaching and applied clinical knowledge.  Dr. Danner has spent more than ten years teaching health and science, and served as a mentor for the US Department of Education’s Upward Bound/TRIO summer programs in the Washington, DC area. Dr. Danner has also led workshops on topics including health, disease and nutrition for various organizations and learning institutions for the past seven years.


Dr. Danner was attracted to the field of medicine at an early age and later decided to become a doctor to fulfill her passion for healing the sick through disease intervention, prevention, and education. In 2002, she received a Master’s Degree in Microbiology and Immunology from Georgetown University. She subsequently worked for the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center for five years where she co-authored three publications in peer-reviewed journals for cancer research. In 2013, she earned a Doctorate of Medicine from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, WI. Dr. Danner currently works for MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Department of Radiation Oncology, where she leads a clinical study assessing the Quality of Life of patients undergoing cancer treatment.

In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Danner aspires to become a leader and advocate for health education locally and globally and has volunteered for health mission projects in five countries in South America, Asia and Africa.  Dr. Danner is a regular participant of Child Family Health International, a non-profit organization that is recognized by the United Nations. She is also a certified Integrative Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, NY.



Students interested in this program may also enjoy:

Medical Institute

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Thank you for your interest in this course. Unfortunately, the course you have selected is currently not open for enrollment. Please complete a Course Inquiry so that we may promptly notify you when enrollment opens.


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