Summer Programs for High School Students

Medical Institute

XSPP-101 Medical Institute

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 Forensic Science Institute.


The Medical Institute is offered on the following dates:

June 18 - June 24, 2017

June 25 - July 1, 2017 (at capacity)

July 16 - July 22, 2017 (at capacity)

July 23 - July 29, 2107 (at capacity)


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.



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*

  • 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*

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

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. GUMC Faculty Lecture: Genomics

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Understanding Human Subjects: The Patient Simulator

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Visit the National Museum of Health

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

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dinner

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

9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Residential Living Supervision and Activities

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

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

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.


Students interested in this program may also enjoy:

Medical Immersion

Forensic Science Institute

Leadership Institute



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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