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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 an accredited 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

High School students explore a career in 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 a 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 in the 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, you'll 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'll 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.


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

2022 Dates & Tuition

Atlanta, GA Emory University – Vaccination Required by Venue June 11-19 | June 23-July 1 | July 23-31 Mason College Credit $3,795
Berkeley, CA University of California, Berkeley – Vaccination Required by Venue June 11-19 | June 21-29 | July 5-13 Mason College Credit $3,895
Boston, MA Tufts University – Vaccination Required by Venue June 11-19 | June 23-July 1 Mason College Credit $3,795
Houston, TX Rice University June 19-27 | July 9-17 Mason College Credit $3,795
Los Angeles, CA University of California, Los Angeles June 19-27 | July 16-24 Mason College Credit $3,895
Los Angeles, CA University of California, Los Angeles July 3-11 Mason College Credit $3,795
New York, NY St. John's University July 5-13 | July 16-24 | July 27-August 4 Mason College Credit $3,795
Raleigh-Durham, NC University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill June 19-27 | July 9-17 | July 23-31 Mason College Credit $3,795
St. Louis, MO Washington University in St. Louis – Vaccination Required by Venue July 22-30 Mason College Credit $3,795
Washington, D.C. University of Maryland, College Park June 19-27 | July 5-13 | July 16-24 Mason College Credit $3,795

Tuition includes room & board, site visits & transportation during the program, lectures, simulations, curriculum & materials, and faculty & staff.

Please note: Tuition will be increasing by $100 for all sessions and locations on February 1, 2022, as a result of increased program operation and other inflationary costs. Additionally, we are currently evaluating all aspects of NYLF Medicine and may make changes to the curriculum, site visits or program location to ensure the program meets the most up-to-date health and safety standards.

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, you'll hear from current residents regarding their life after medical school and, with the help of professional panelists, explore the diverse career options available in medicine. LEARN MORE
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 which educational requirements are needed, with the goal of assisting you in determining the fields you want to pursue. LEARN MORE
Students experience a medical simulation center firsthand at NYLF Medicine
Medical Simulation Center Visit
See where medical students, residents, and physicians hone their skills! You'll tour the facility and interact with health care providers while testing the latest technology with guidance from experts. LEARN MORE
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'll use your personal strengths and academic skills to participate in true-to-life simulations that are geared toward giving you the real-world experiences of a health care provider. LEARN MORE



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.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 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, on-site meals, 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 one to two off-site meals, 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, when available, 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 an $80 nonrefundable round-trip fee for shuttle service or a $40 fee for one-way shuttle service.

  • Where will I stay?

    For the summer 2022 NYLF Medicine program, all students are housed on college campuses. Click here to view all program dates and locations.

  • How many students share a room?

    Room configurations vary by university location. Scholars may be housed in single, double, triple, or quad rooms or suites. 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.

  • I am a student requiring specific accommodations. Can I still attend?

    Yes, we encourage you to enroll. Envision by WorldStrides believes in working with families to accommodate student needs and encourages the participation of students who feel prepared to meet the academic, social, physical, and emotional demands of the program environment. We may be able to provide appropriate auxiliary staff and services to assist students as needed if notified in advance. We encourage families, guardians, legal representatives, or educators to contact the Office of Admissions for more information and to discuss particular accommodations before applying for enrollment 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 are the pre-program assignments?

    The first step of your leadership journey includes assessing your strengths and opportunities for growth. To aid in this assessment, you must complete the PAIRIN scholar survey and the Feedback for Understanding Emerging Leaders (FUEL) assignment.

    Envision has partnered with PAIRIN to help students understand their strengths, develop soft skills, measure soft skill growth, and explore different career paths. PAIRIN utilizes a simple process to create lasting impact: measure 102 soft skills through a survey, map the soft skills attributes to the relevant context (career readiness or a specific career path), and then develop soft skills through curriculum and coaching tips. Students should complete PAIRIN prior to arrival at the program and bring their Readiness Report with them.

    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. Vegan, kosher, and halal meals can be made available to you, provided your request is submitted prior to the start of the program. When you complete the Student Information Form, you will have the opportunity to make special dietary requests, including any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

Have more questions? Check out the Envision FAQs.