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Experience Your Future in Medicine

Future doctors and health care practitioners will enjoy an extraordinary opportunity to discover their passions through hands-on medical experience at NYLF Medicine. Over nine amazing days on the campus location of your choice, you will experience the collegiate lifestyle firsthand, learn from doctors, participate in an interactive curriculum led by advisors, visit a top medical school, test your medical knowledge during clinical skills rotations, and explore professional opportunities in the ever-expanding fields of medicine and health care among fellow high school students.

About National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine

Get Your Hands on Your Future in Medicine 

National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Medicine is your chance to step into the shoes (and scrubs) of a physician and gain transformational medical school and career knowledge. Discover the right path for your future through fun and interactive curriculum that will allow you to test your personal and academic strengths in true-to-life simulations and hands-on clinical training, while you gain the confidence needed to give yourself a leg up on your future.

Outdoor Medicine Simulation: When Care Is Hours Away

Created by wilderness medicine expert Dr. Paul Auerbach and simulation expert Dr. Rebecca Smith-Coggins, professors in Stanford University School of Medicine's Department of Emergency Medicine, this realistic simulation will allow you to learn and practice potentially life-saving medical techniques, including positioning and extraction, wound care, control of bleeding, usage of splints and slings, and basic wilderness first aid. All of these skills will come into play as you plan your next hiking or camping expedition. In addition, students will also learn how to make important emergency care items out of common hiking materials in the improvisation station.

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.

Watch a Video of the Emergency Medicine Simulation


Students attending select high school and college programs are eligible to receive college credit(s) through George Mason University.

2019 Dates & Tuition

Atlanta, GA Emory University June 15-23 Mason College Credit $3,595
  Emory University June 28-July 6 Mason College Credit $3,495
Boston, MA Tufts University July 28-August 5 Mason College Credit $3,495
Houston, TX Rice University June 9-17 Mason College Credit $3,595
Los Angeles, CA University of California, Los Angeles June 23-July 1 | July 7-15 | July 20-28 Mason College Credit $3,595
New York, NY St. John's University June 23-July 1 | July 7-15 Mason College Credit $3,495
Raleigh-Durham, NC UNC at Chapel Hill July 7-15 | July 20-28 Mason College Credit $3,495
San Francisco, CA Clark Kerr Campus, Berkeley June 15-23 | June 25-July 3 | July 6-14 | July 20-28 Mason College Credit $3,595
St. Louis, MO Washington University July 6-14 Mason College Credit $3,495
Washington, DC University of Maryland June 23-July 1 | July 25-August 2 Mason College Credit
City Adventures: Washington, DC
Tuition includes room & board, site visits & transportation during the program, lectures, simulations, curriculum & materials, and faculty & staff.

Program Highlights VIEW MORE

Accomplished medical professional speaks at NYLF Medicine
Engaging Seminars and Keynotes

Some of the most well-regarded and prominent leaders, educators, and physicians in the medical community provide support to and directly participate in NYLF Medicine. In keynote sessions and small-group seminars, students will hear from current residents regarding their life after med school and be exposed to a diversity of career options within the medical realm by panelists in those professions.

Students visit a medical school and learn how to use real equipment during NYLF Medicine
Medical School Visit

Meet graduate students and faculty who will provide important insight on how to successfully navigate the medical school application process, as well as present which educational requirements are needed, with the goal of assisting you in determining the field that you would like to pursue.

Students experience a medical simulation center firsthand at NYLF Medicine
Medical Simulation Center Visit

See where med students, residents, and physicians hone their medical skills. Tour the facility and interact with health care providers while testing the latest technology with guidance from experts.

Students participate in a simulation and gain real-world medical skills at NYLF Medicine
Interactive Curriculum

The NYLF Medicine curriculum is designed for you to step into the life of a medical practitioner through hands-on medical and health care activities. You will use your personal strengths and academic skills to participate in true-to-life simulations that are geared towards giving you the real-world experiences of a health care provider.

2019 Career Exploration Guide
Download our Career Exploration Guide and discover why career exploration is one of the most valuable experiences you can have to help prepare for college and work.



Tuition for NYLF Medicine covers most of the expenses incurred during the Forum. Tuition DOES NOT cover transportation to and from the program. LEARN MORE



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



Let us show you how other students use fundraising to cover some or all of their tuition costs. Make fundraising part of your personal success story. LEARN MORE

Payment Plan

Payment Plan

You may pay in full today or choose to use one of our payment options.

Enrich Your Envision Experience

After completing the program, you have the opportunity to enhance your experience by participating in Envision’s City Adventures: Washington, DC, where you will make new memories while exploring some of the cultural, college, and career sites the District has to offer. You may sign up for this optional three-night program extension during the enrollment process.


The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the 2018-19 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students.


  • Is the National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine program for me?

    This summer program is for you if you are a high school student interested in exploring 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 medical career.

    To attend NYLF Medicine, you must be in grades 9-11 during the 2018-2019 school year. Most of our students are either nominated by educators or selected through our academic partnerships; however, we do accept a limited number of students through our competitive application process. If you have not been nominated or selected but are interested in taking advantage of the life-changing opportunities that the program provides, we encourage you to submit an application today.

  • 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 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 over 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

    * There is a $70 nonrefundable roundtrip fee for shuttle service or a $35 fee for one-way shuttle service.

  • Where will I stay?

    For the summer 2019 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 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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  what you put into 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.

  • Can special dietary needs be met?

    Vegetarian options are always available. Kosher and Halal meals can be made available to you, provided your 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. 

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