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Program Highlights


Interactive Site Visits

Follow in the footsteps of a patient—from helipad to active trauma ward—at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at UMD.
High school students experiencing medical simulation at NYLF Advanced Medicine

University of Maryland (UMD)

Experience the medical school environment and learn what it takes to succeed in the fields of medicine and health care. Hear from real medical students and gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities of pursuing a career in medicine. Gather information to help you make informed college choices, based on academics and culture, and learn what makes an attractive application.

You will have the opportunity to visit to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland (UMD) Medical Center, where you will see aspects of a working trauma care facility plus learn about the center's mission, patients, and programs.

True-to-Life Simulations

Use virtual reality to perform a true-to-life surgery, practice suturing techniques, and gain a better understanding of what it's like to work in an operating room. You'll also take part in hands-on simulations, such as clinical rotations, a physical exam, and a diagnostic exercise.

High school student performing a virtual reality surgery

Take on the role of a medical professional during The Apprentice Doctor® workshops, and get hands-on in real-life simulations designed to give you the insight you need to prepare for a career in medicine. 

Virtual Reality (VR) Simulation

Experience the sights and sounds of a realistic operating room as you take on the role of a resident surgeon or surgical tech to perform a fracture reduction of a long bone.

This is your chance to take advantage of and experience the same cutting-edge technology used by medical schools and top clinical research centers around the world!

The Apprentice Doctor® Workshops

Envision has partnered with The Apprentice Doctor® to expose students to key skills required to be successful in medical training. During these fascinating, hands-on workshops, you'll learn basic principles of wound care, practice surgical knot tying techniques, and then perform a simulated fracture reduction of a long bone, from scrub and site preparation to fracture fixation and surgical wound closure, just like medical students experience and practice.

Scrub for Surgery Workshop – The absolute importance of sterility and aseptic technique is brought home while students learn to scrub for surgery. You'll practice:

  • How to hygienically prepare hands in the medical setting
  • How to don and doff surgical gloves, gowns, and operating-room personal protective equipment
  • How to scrub for surgery

Suturing Workshop – Get a basic understanding of the theory of suturing wounds. You'll come away from this workshop with knowledge and skills in:

  • The basics of wound care
  • Knot tying techniques
  • Suturing materials, tools, and techniques

Fracture Reduction Workshop – Gain a deeper understanding of the basic principles of surgery and orthopedics. You'll focus on:

  • Bone biology and fracture classification
  • Methods of fracture reduction, including fixation and immobilization
  • Surgical skills such as preparing a sterile field, using a scalpel, retraction, and closing

Standardized Patient Encounter

The Standardized Patient Encounter simulation is your chance to really put the knowledge and skills you have gained into action. You’ll take on the role of a physician and the challenge of diagnosing a patient as you interact with actors who portray symptoms of a simulated patient. This is a hands-on way to learn proper clinical skills, including how to correctly take an effective patient history, and to develop the interpersonal and communication skills essential to the health care profession as you ask the questions, conduct clinical tests, formulate hypotheses, and conduct research to investigate potential diagnoses.

Clinical Skills Rotations & Physical Exam 

Learn proper techniques and effective strategies through the clinical skills rotations and physical exam simulations. You’ll step into the shoes of a physician by learning how to take a head-to-toe assessment as a part of a physical exam workshop, and you’ll improve your communication skills while gaining knowledge about best practices for interacting with patients. These simulations will help you develop an awareness of physical indicators and better understand an effective health provider/patient relationship as you narrow the pathway of disease diagnosis without invasive testing and learn about the importance of less-invasive components of a patient physical examination.

Speaking Events

Medical professional speaking for students at NYLF Advanced MedicineHear from top professionals in the fields of medicine and health care and gain insight into a range of medical topics as they share their knowledge and field questions. Apply the knowledge from topic lectures during program workshops and connect the content to your personal interests to define your future path in the fields of medicine and health care.

Previous speakers have included:

  • Cathleen Acres, R.N., M.A., Administrative Director, Division of Medical Ethics, Weill Cornell Medical College 
  • Dr. John A. Bogdan, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health 
  • Dr. James Giordano, Chief, Neuroethics Studies Program, Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics and Division of Integrative Physiology; Department of Biochemistry, Georgetown University Medical Center 
  • Dr. Lee Goldman, Executive Vice President and Dean, Columbia University Medical Center 
  • Dr. Jeanette J. Lancaster, R.N., Dean, University of Virginia School of Nursing 
  • Rear Admiral Michael R. Milner, D.H.Sc., P.A.-C., Assistant U.S. Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
  • Dr. Mary O’Neil Mundinger, Dean, Columbia University School of Nursing 
  • Nancy Pratt, R.N., M.S.N., Senior Vice President of Clinical Effectiveness, Sharp Healthcare 
  • Rear Admiral David Rutstein, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps 
  • Dr. Andrew A. Sama, Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon and Director of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, New York Hospital 
  • Dr. Shyrl Sistrunk, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Assessment, Georgetown University School of Medicine 
  • Rear Admiral Nadine Simons, M.S., R.N., Assistant Surgeon General, Region IX, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
  • Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Maryland Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene 
  • Stephanie Springs, CEO for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois

Please note: We are currently evaluating all aspects of NYLF Advanced Medicine & Health Care and may make changes to the curriculum or site visits to ensure the program meets the most up-to-date health and safety standards.