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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 & Health Care. Over eight 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 & Health Care

High School students explore a career in Medicine

Get Your Hands on Your Future in Medicine 

National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Medicine & Health Care 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 the late wilderness medicine expert Dr. Paul Auerbach and simulation expert Dr. Rebecca Smith-Coggins while 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.

2024 Dates & Tuition

Atlanta, GA Emory University June 16-23 | June 25-July 2 Mason College Credit $4,245
Berkeley, California University of California, Berkeley, Clark Kerr Campus June 16-23 Mason College Credit $4,245
Houston, TX Rice University July 6-13 Mason College Credit $4,245
Los Angeles, CA University of California, Los Angeles July 6-13 | July 15-22 Mason College Credit $4,245
New York, NY St. John's University June 16-23 | June 25-July 2 Mason College Credit $4,195
St. Louis, MO Washington University in St. Louis July 6-13 | July 17-24 (Full) Mason College Credit $4,195
Washington, D.C. University of Maryland, College Park July 6-13 | July 16-23 Mason College Credit $4,195
Raleigh, NC Campbell University, Buies Creek June 25-July 2 Mason College Credit $4,195

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

Please note: We are currently evaluating all aspects of NYLF Medicine & Health Care 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.

*Call Admissions to enroll with your special grant. Additional grants, discounts, and scholarships cannot be combined.

Program Highlights VIEW MORE

Clinical Skills Rotations
NYLF Medicine & Health Care curriculum instructs students in the same techniques and using the same tools as practicing medical professionals through hands-on activities and practice rotations designed to put your clinical skills knowledge to the test. You'll suture simulated wounds on a suture pad, take blood pressure, practice venipuncture techniques, and conduct a neurological exam. LEARN 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 & Health Care. 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
Medical Immersion Experience
Previous attendees have visited an accredited medical school to meet graduate students and faculty and learn more about navigating the medical school application process or toured a medical simulation center to interact with health care providers and test the latest technology under guidance from the experts. LEARN MORE
Students participate in a simulation and gain real-world medical skills at NYLF Medicine
Interactive Curriculum
The NYLF Medicine & Health Care 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 & Health Care covers most of the expenses incurred during the Forum. Tuition DOES NOT cover transportation to and from the program. LEARN MORE



Envision by WorldStrides awards partial tuition assistance to qualified students each year based upon financial need, scholastic leadership, achievements, and eligibility for our WorldStrides Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship. 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.

WorldExplore: Washington, D.C.

Enrich Your Envision Experience

After completing the program, you have the opportunity to enhance your Envision experience by participating in WorldExplore: Washington, D.C., where you will make new memories while exploring some of the many cultural and historical sites in the nation's capital. You may sign up for this optional five-day program extension during the enrollment process.


You’re Invited!

Listen to the Information Session that was held on January 29th, 2024, and learn more about our Summer 2024 NYLF Medicine & Health Care program!

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  • Is the National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine & Health Care 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 & Health Care is your springboard to achieving tremendous success in college and in a future medical career.

    To attend NYLF Medicine & Health Care, you must be in grades 9-12 during the 2023-2024 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 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 & Health Care 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 35 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, providing shuttle service directly to the program site, and providing shuttle service back to the airport on Departure Day*
    • Maintaining a student-to-staff ratio of 17 to 1
    • 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 additional fee for shuttle service.

  • Where will I stay?

    For the summer 2024 NYLF Medicine & Health Care 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? Do I have to do them?

    The first step of your leadership journey includes assessing your strengths and opportunities for growth. As part of your program, you'll have access to WorldStrides' newest digital platform: MyActionPath.

    WorldStrides has partnered with PAIRIN, a leader in career and life planning and assessment, to help our students along their lifetime learning journeys. The result of this partnership is MyActionPath–a personalized, virtual GPS that guides you along your desired career pathway and helps you identify ways to enhance your skills and achieve your goals. MyActionPath can assist you in deciding which professional field might suit you best, makes recommendations based on your goals and dreams, and provides you with educational and supportive resources. Before you arrive to your program location, you'll receive more information via email on how to begin this exciting career-planning journey.

  • What is the code of conduct for this program?

    Attending NYLF Medicine & Health Care 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.

  • Can I use the campus facilities (gym, pool, etc.)?

    Students are not permitted to use university facilities such as the pool or recreation center.

Have more questions? Check out the Envision FAQs.