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National Youth Leadership Forum: Advanced Medicine & Health Care

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Experience the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Advanced Medicine & Health Care

NYLF: Careers in Medicine VideoAt the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Advanced Medicine & Health Care program students explore a wide array of health care careers and develop the skills required to succeed in college and in the 21st century health care environment.

The 10-day NYLF Advanced Medicine & Health Care program is held on the campuses of Johns Hopkins University* and the University of Chicago, enabling you to explore the wide, green spaces, and winding paths of these inviting universities.

At the challenging and rewarding program, you will examine an actual medical training facility and take part in a simulated patient encounter. You will diagnose a patient and develop the optimal plan of care. You also immerse yourself in the program’s simulated six-phase epidemiology case study, which puts you at the center of managing a serious outbreak.

By attending the NYLF Advanced Medicine & Health Care program you will explore a broad range of educational pathways and accompanying careers in health care – providing you with a critical advantage as you make important decisions about college and careers! 

Activities & Benefits

Gain a valuable head start on your future as you explore careers in medicine and health care!

When you enroll in NYLF Advanced Medicine & Health Care, you will:

  • Explore a variety of health care professions through the program’s exciting, hands-on, interactive curriculum, small group activities with your peers and true-to-life medical workshops.
  • Enhance your scholastic credentials as you prepare for the college application process.
  • Experience the life and culture of a college student as you reside throughout the program on a prominent college campus.
  • Take a guided site visit to a medical school, and meet and interact with current medical students and college admissions representatives.
  • Discover the skills and education needed to be successful as a health care provider.

By completing this program, you are also eligible for college credit from George Mason University.

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science logoCurriculum designed in cooperation with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

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Past Forum Speakers
  • Dr. H. Carrie Chen, pediatrician, Benioff Children’s Hospital, San Fransico
  • Dr. Maurice Clifton, senior LCME advisor, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Dr. Hameed Khan, senior scientist, Division of Robotics, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Neva Krauss, standardized patient teaching specialist, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Simulation Center.
  • Dr. David Muller, Dean of Medical Education, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Rear Admiral Nadine Simons, assistant surgeon general, U.S. Department of Public Health
  • Dr. Kimberly Topp, professor and chair, Anatomy Department, University of California, San Francisco
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Explore Medicine and Health Care
  • Examine potential careers in medicine to help you make informed choices.
  • Understand the academic, ethical, financial and personal commitment required to be a health care professional.
  • Practice college-level work, including hands-on workshops, multi-segment simulation exercises and interactive excursions in the field.
  • Gain important leadership skills – including critical thinking, communication and team management – that will strengthen your abilities in school, in college and in your career!
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Interactive Curriculum
  • At NYLF Advanced Medicine, you become “doctor for a day” and face the complex challenge of diagnosing and administering care to a patient. This simulation is a training technique commonly used by the nation’s leading medical schools that demonstrates the skills you need as a doctor when you meet with a patient presenting with an undiagnosed illness.
  • You will also practice your medical knowledge and analytical skills as you determine the root cause of a widespread illness in the Epidemiology Case Study.
  • On your unique site visit to a prominent medical school, you interact with professional medical personnel who care for patients and administer care, and who will demonstrate the skills and education you need to be successful as a health care provider.

2016 Dates & Locations

Advanced Summer Medicine and Health Program for High School Students - Baltimore, MD
Baltimore, MD
NYLF Advanced Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University
  • Jun 18 - Jun 27
  • Jul 2 - Jul 11
  • Jul 16 - Jul 25
  • Jul 30 - Aug 8 *

*Students enrolled in this session will be housed in a nearby hotel for the last three nights of the program.

Notice: Envision has leased or rented facilities from the Johns Hopkins University. However, Envision and any programs operated by Envision are not related to or affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University in any way. Envision is an entirely separate legal entity with no connection to the Johns Hopkins University aside from the temporary use of facilities for the specified program.

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Chicago, IL
NYLF Advanced Medicine at the University of Chicago
  • Jun 19 - Jun 28

Tuition & Financial Assistance


Tuition for NYLF Advanced Medicine includes a full schedule of classes, briefings, lectures, simulations, a personalized Certificate of Completion, housing accommodations, on-campus meals, course materials and lab fees, transportation during the program, program faculty and supervisory staff.

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Envision offers a limited number of scholarships to qualified students each year based upon financial need, scholastic merit, leadership achievements and other factors.

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Many students use fundraising and sponsorships to cover some or all of their tuition costs. Envision has prepared a fundraising guide featuring suggestions and activities to help you raise funds.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Program Eligibility & Nomination

Is National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Advanced Medicine & Health Care for me?

This advanced summer medical program is for you if you are a high school student interested in exploring all of the various career options available in medicine and health care. NYLF Advanced Medicine & Health Care is your springboard to achieving tremendous success in college and in a future career in medicine.

To attend NYLF Advanced Medicine & Health Care, you must be in grades 9-12 during the 2015-2016 school year. Many of our students are nominated by educators, leaders from youth organizations, and participating institutions, but open enrollments are welcome from qualified high school students who want to make the most of this opportunity.

What happens after I enroll?

After you enroll, you will receive an enrollment confirmation email. A personalized URL will be created for you – your MyEnvisionExperience.com page – where you can find important program updates, the Mandatory Travel Form, the Student Information Form, a travel checklist, pre-conference assignments and a press release you can use to notify local media about your participation in this prestigious program. You will receive notification in the mail and via email with details about how to access your MyEnvisionExperience.com page.

What happens if the program is full? Is there a waitlist?

To ensure the highest quality of the experience, the NYLF Advanced Medicine program is strictly limited in the number of students who may attend each session, and the program can fill at any time.  If you are placed on the wait list, your tuition payment will not be processed since we cannot guarantee enrollment.  If space becomes available, you will be contacted directly by our Office of Enrollment.

What is the dress code for this program?

Daily dress code includes solid khaki shorts, skirts, or pants, a solid white or navy blue top and comfortable footwear. A light jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt should be brought in case of cold weather. Ladies must wear dresses, skirts, or slacks (no mini-skirts or denim) with blouses or sweaters (shoulders must be covered at all times). Gentlemen must wear button-down, polo, or collared shirts and slacks (no denim or cargo pants). Comfortable, closed-toe dress shoes are required, as students will be walking a great deal throughout the conference and may spend a considerable amount of time outdoors. Detailed dress code information will be available in the acceptance materials.

For more detailed information about the dress code for this program, visit your MyEnvisionExperience.com personal Web page, which will be available to you after you enroll.

What is the code of conduct for this program?

Attending NYLF Advanced Medicine is fun, but it is also an honor. Like all meaningful experiences, you only get out of it what you put in to your time spent at this exciting summer forum. You are expected to conduct yourself as a mature and responsible leader as you represent your school and community. You must abide by the Student Code of Conduct. You must also abide by and uphold all conference rules.

What is the enrollment deadline date?

The deadline date is the date that enrollment closes for NYLF Advanced Medicine. It is important to note, however, that we accept enrollments on a first-come, first-served basis and the program can completely fill at any time. Since program space is strictly limited, we encourage interested students to enroll early in this valuable advanced medicine program.

Organization & Affiliations

Who is Envision?

Envision Experience Envision is a leading experiential education organization dedicated to enabling students of all ages explore their interests and gain critical learning experiences beyond the classroom. Envision merged with LeadAmerica in 2012 to provide a comprehensive offering of programs to help students develop the leadership, scholarship and career skills needed to succeed in the competitive 21st century. See About Envision for more detailed information about Envision, its history of successful educational programs, its leadership and its partners.

All Envision programs are designed to align with Common Core State Standards and other national standards for education. See what others are saying about their Envision program experiences.

How is Envision funded?

Envision is a tuition-based, self-supporting organization, with many students securing financial support from local business, civic, community and leadership organizations. Scholarship funds are also available for qualified nominees. Learn more about scholarships and fundraising opportunities.

Is Envision affiliated with a political party or the U.S. government?

No. Envision is a nonpartisan educational organization.

Tuition & Financial Assistance

What is included in tuition?

Your tuition for NYLF Advanced Medicine includes a full schedule of classes, briefings, lectures and simulations, a personalized Certificate of Completion, housing accommodations, two meals per day, course materials and lab fees, transportation as needed for off-campus activities, program faculty and on-site staff for supervision.

However, your transportation to and from home and the program location is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, you will only need money for off-campus meals, souvenirs, snacks and other incidentals.

How do I apply for a scholarship or financial assistance?

You can visit the Envision scholarships page for more information. We are proud to offer a limited number of scholarships to eligible students, opening the door to young leaders from a variety of backgrounds. You should also know that many students fundraise to pay for most or all of their tuition costs. See the fundraising page for more information.

What happens if there are no spaces available by the time I am able to accrue the full tuition amount by fundraising?

If you intend to fundraise to raise program tuition, we encourage you to enroll using our convenient payment plan. That way you will make sure you have safely secured your space in the program. It is always a good idea to contact our Office of Admissions once you begin your fundraising campaign

How will I be notified about my scholarship application?

You can expect to be notified by email. This usually happens about two weeks after the scholarship deadline date has passed. If you do not provide an operable email address, you will receive notification by mail approximately three weeks after the scholarship deadline date has passed. The scholarship deadline date can be found on the scholarships page.

Safety & Supervision

How will I be supervised?

Your safety and well-being during the program is our highest priority. The program is structured so that you will reside in a safe, controlled environment. You will be closely supervised by professionally trained staff, including faculty advisors who serve as educational facilitators and chaperones, security personnel, operations personnel and a program coordinator.

For nearly 30 years, Envision has achieved a stellar record of safely and successfully enriching the lives of students, providing them with superb educational experiences and professional supervision. Other Envision safety measures include:

  • Greeting students at the designated airport upon their arrival and providing shuttle service directly to the program site, as well as providing shuttle service back to the airport on departure day.
  • Maintaining a student-to-staff ratio of 17-to-1.
  • Providing single-sex rooms and single-sex floors.
  • Requiring all students to attend all activities.
  • Checking rooms nightly and ensuring that students remain in their rooms.
  • Having night monitors in place to support students who may become ill or who have an emergency during the night.
  • Equipping all staff members with two-way communication devices.

Travel & Accommodations

Where will I stay?

For the summer 2016 Advanced Medicine & Health Care program, you will be housed on the campuses of the University of Chicago, in Chicago, IL and the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

*Students in the July 30th session at Johns Hopkins University will be housed in a nearby hotel for the final three nights of the program

How many students share a room?

Each room will house two to three students. You will have your own bed.

Can I request a roommate?

Roommate requests are not accepted. You will be randomly assigned a room prior to your arrival day. We believe that one of the important benefits of this program is the opportunity for you to network with others and get to know peers from different parts of the country.

Can my parents attend the program?

No. Your parents or guardians are not allowed to accompany you during the program. Gaining independence, including experiencing new things on your own, is an essential part of your growth during the program. However, it is perfectly fine for your family to travel with you to the program location and stay in the area while you are attending the program.

Can I attend if I am a student with special needs?

Yes. If you are a student with special needs or with disabilities, we encourage you to enroll. We may be able to provide you with auxiliary aids and services to assist you. Please call our Office of Admissions for more information or to discuss your particular needs prior to enrolling in the program.

Do I need to make my own flight arrangements?

Yes. Your tuition does not include transportation to and from your home and the program location. We recommend that you make necessary flight arrangements only AFTER you receive confirmation that you are officially enrolled.

Who will meet me at the airport?

Envision staff will be at the designated airports to assist you with your arrival and departure. We will also ensure there is shuttle service for you to get you from designated airports to program sites one the first and last days of your program. The shuttle service fee is $35 each way or $70 round-trip. 

Note: More details about the designated airport, arrival windows and the airport shuttle service will be provided to you on your personal MyEnvisionExperience.com Web page after you enroll in the program.

What is the Tuition and Travel Protection Plan?

To protect and safeguard the investment that you and your parents make in travel and tuition costs, we strongly recommend that your parents take advantage of our Tuition and Travel Protection Plan. This plan is offered through Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. You may purchase this cancellation insurance when you enroll. You may also select this option when you complete the Mandatory Travel Form on your personalized MyEnvisionExperience.com page after enrollment. If your parents would like more specifics about the Tuition and Travel Protection Plan, please have them call the plan administrator, Nationwide, at (866) 282-3987.

Academic Preparation

What is the pre-conference assignment, FUEL?

The first step of your leadership journey includes assessing your strengths and opportunities for growth. To aid in this assessment, you must complete a brief pre-program assignment entitled Feedback for Understanding Emerging Leaders (FUEL).

The FUEL assignment will be available on your personal MyEnvisionExperience.com web page after you enroll. It simply requires that you choose five mentors – teachers, coaches, youth group leaders or other trusted adults – to complete a short survey about your leadership strengths. You also will complete a short self-assessment as part of the FUEL assignment.

When is the deadline to submit my FUEL form? Is the assignment mandatory?

Please make sure you complete the assignment no later than one week prior to arrival. You will be able to see the results on the first day of the program. 
The FUEL assignment will be available on your child’s MyEnvisionExperience.com personal Web page after you enroll.

Other Questions

Can special dietary needs be met?

Vegetarian options are always available. Kosher and Halal meals can be made available to you, provided the request is submitted prior to the start of the conference. When you complete the Student Information Form, you will have the opportunity to make special dietary requests.

What if I lose something or forget to bring a personal item home after the program?

All lost and found items are retained by the program staff for two weeks following the conference. Items of higher monetary value are retained for 30 days. After 30 days, all items remaining are discarded or donated. Contact the Office of Admissions for assistance.

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