High School Students Participating in NYLF Medicine
Career Development

National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine

High School Medical Summer Program

Now Enrolling for 2016.


Experience NYLF Medicine

NYLF: Careers in Medicine VideoTake your place among the nation’s highest achieving high school students to gain real-world medical career experience and explore professional career opportunities in the expanding fields of medicine and health care.

You will experience the NYLF Medicine program on a college campus in any one of 8 cities across the U.S., each chosen for their world-class medical universities, hospitals, facilities and research centers.

Interactive Curriculum

You will utilize your personal and academic strengths and skills in direct, hands-on medical and health care activities and true-to-life medical simulations created by top medical training professionals.

Emergency Medicine Simulation: When Care is Hours Away

This exciting simulation, designed in collaboration with Drs. Paul Auerbach and Henry Curtis, Department of Emergency Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, puts you in the position of first responder as you practice the clinical skills needed in a true-to-life emergency.

Disaster Triage Simulation: When Disaster Strikes

In this simulation, designed in collaboration with Mary desVignes-Kendrick, M.D., M.P.H., Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, and her team, you will respond to a disaster as a medical professional, assess and sort victims based on the severity of their injuries, and practice applying your medical knowledge in high-pressure environments.

Hands-On Experiences

At the NYLF Medicine program you will visit a state-of-the-art medical simulation center where you will train like a professional and get hands-on experience in a variety of medical procedures and technologies with guidance from experts.

Immerse yourself in the life of a medical student as you engage in experiences like learning to suture a wound, taking a patient’s blood pressure, and observing the latest in medical technology.

You will also see a total knee replacement surgery broadcast and have a surgeon talk you through the procedure and answer your questions in real time. In addition, you will meet graduate students who will provide important insight into how to successfully navigate the medical school application process, and tell you what you can expect throughout a typical first year in medical school.

At the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Medicine program you will:

  • Take part in unique site visits to the nation’s best medical schools and health care facilities.
  • Take an interactive role in the study and practice of medicine and the delivery of health care.
  • Experience firsthand the challenges facing medical students and health care professionals.
  • Assume the role of patient and emergency responder in our realistic disaster triage simulation.
  • Meet and interact with leading physicians and medical students at top medical institutions.
  • Be eligible to receive college credit from George Mason University by completing the program.

Program Locations

Depending on the city you choose, you will reside throughout the 9-day NYLF Medicine program on one of these prominent college and university campuses:

  • Emory University
  • Babson College
  • University of Houston
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Hofstra University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Maryland
Pre Med Summer Programs For High School Students
Meet Top Medical Practitioners.

Previous NYLF: Medicine students have interacted with:

  • Dr. Michael Carducci, Assistant Professor of Oncology and Urology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Glenn Geelhoed, Surgeon, George Washington University Medical Center
  • Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph, Professor, Rush University Medical Center, Team Physician for the Chicago White Sox
  • Dr. Scott Parazynski, a NASA Astronaut and Chief Technology officer and Chief Medical Officer, The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
  • Dr. Hobart Harris, Chief of General Surgery, University of California at San Francisco Medical Center
  • Dr. Lisa Bootstaylor, Georgia’s first board-certified female African-American plastic surgeon
  • Dr. Tony Casolaro, NFL team physician for the Washington Redskins
NYLF Medicine
Explore Medical School.
  • Experience medical school by visiting one and interacting with faculty and staff! You can choose from one of 8 city locations throughout the United States.
  • Explore a wide range of health care career options as you get hands-on practice with diagnostic tools. Observe common medical procedures and participate in patient care simulations. Discover how telemedicine, eHealth and other technologies are changing medical practices.
  • Identify the academic, personal and professional skills you most need to be successful in the expanding field of medicine.
  • Prepare yourself for the complexity of the health care system and the challenges of its relationship with media, government, education and public demands.
National Youth Leadership Forum
Develop Critical Success Skills.
  • Develop your ability to analyze information, think critically, communicate effectively, build teams, resolve conflicts and more – skills essential for today’s health care innovators.
  • Master the college admissions process and hear from current medical students on how to make the most out of your college choices.
  • Align your academic goals with skills that make the most of high school, college and career experiences.
  • Gain insights into the academic choices that will prepare you for college and a career in the health care and medical fields.

2016 Summer Dates & Locations

Summer Medical Program for High School Students - Atlanta, GA
Emory University
  • Jun 19 - Jun 27
Babson College
  • Jun 19 - Jun 27
  • Jul 2 - Jul 10
Summer Medical Program for High School Students - Washington, D.C.
Washington, DC
University of Maryland
  • Jun 19 - Jun 27
  • Jul 2 - Jul 10
Summer Medical Program for High School Students - Houston, TX
University of Houston
  • Jul 17 - Jul 25
Summer Medical Program for High School Students - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles
University of California, Los Angeles
  • Jun 19 - Jun 27
  • Jul 3 - Jul 11
  • Jul 16 - Jul 24
Summer Medical Program for High School Students - New York, NY
New York
Hofstra University
  • Jul 16 - Jul 24
  • Jul 30 - Aug 7
Summer Medical Program for High School Students - Raleigh, NC
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Jul 9 - Jul 17
  • Jul 23 - Jul 31
Summer Medical Program for High School Students - Berkeley, CA
San Francisco
University of California, Berkeley
  • Jul 23 - Jul 31

Tuition & Fundraising


Your NYLF Medicine tuition is an investment in personal growth and critical skills development that will prepare you for school, college and career success.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions

Program Eligibility & Nomination

Is the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine program for me?

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

To attend NYLF Medicine, 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 wait list?

Should the program be full, we will let you know. You will be placed on a wait list and your payment will not be processed. If space becomes available, we will contact you and confirm your interest to attend before proceeding with 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 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 Medicine. It is important to note, however, that you enroll on a first-come, first-served basis. Since program space is limited, it is wise to enroll early for this popular summer 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 Medicine includes housing, breakfasts and dinners, supervisory personnel, program materials, all program activities, site visits, a Certificate of Completion and local transportation during the program.

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 lunch, 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 NYLF Medicine program, all students are housed in hotels or on college campuses. Click here to view all program dates and locations.

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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