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Achieve in Medicine (AIM-High)

Looking for an exciting way to spend your time this summer?  

AIM-High is a medical school immersion experience for high school students who want to actively explore a career in osteopathic medicine.

Stay on campus for one action-packed week, interact with the faculty, practice your clinical skills, hear from current students and residents to get a real-life jump on your journey to medical school. 

2017 Dates JUST Announced!

Session 1: June 11 - June 17

Session 2: June 18 - June 24

Please note that the deadline for applications is now extended to April 15th. There is a limited number of seats. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please refer to application checklist to ensure that it is complete prior to submitting.

For more information, please contact:

Kristi Messer, M.P.H., M.S.W.

Email or (954) 262-1072

See the feature story from NBC News from last year's camp and feature video here:

AIM-High camp focused on medicine       AIM-High Camp

Achieve in Medicine (AIM)-High

Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is offering a unique six-day medical school immersion summer camp exclusively for high school students.  Achieve in Medicine (AIM) - High is designed for academically strong high school students who are interested in pursuing a career in the health professions. 

AIM-High will provide students with hands-on medical experiences which includes the role of technology in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. 

  • Explore the different areas of medical practice and specialties (e.g., preventative medicine, pediatrics, neuroscience, pharmacy, audiology, physical therapy)
  • Learn and apply innovative and emerging technologies that impact medical education and practice such as 3-D modelling, processing language, and augmented reality
  • Practice medical procedures on robotic mannequins including suturing and intubuation
  • Participate in sessions regarding how technology can improve the health of communities
  • Get certified in first aid and CPR training
  • Take part in a disaster medicine training with Davie Fire and Rescue
  • Enjoy a special event at the Ronald McDonald House

Educational Interactive Sessions

Students will participate in educational sessions that are interactive, interesting, and encourage the exploration of the medical field.  These sessions will enhance the participants’ basic scientific and medical knowledge in a relaxed and fun setting. 

Sessions include:

  • Suturing for beginners
  • Introduction to brain anatomy
  • Neuroscience experiments
  • Wound care management
  • The intersection of art and medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Compounding

 

Social Events

Social events will be scheduled for each evening.  Events will provide camp participants with ample opportunities to interact with NSU medical students.  Events include:

  • BBQ
  • Volleyball
  • Roundtable discussions with NSU medical students
  • Movie night
  • Game night
  • Dinner in Fort Lauderdale
  • Semi-formal gala

Day at a Glance - Events and Topics are subject to change.

Here’s a day from last year’s camp itinerary. As you can see, participants should expect to have an action-packed day!

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast at the University Center

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Overview of schedule and day's events

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Presentation: “RNA, DNA, and Molecular Genetics” including the demonstration of spectrophotometers.

10:00 AM – 12:00PM Discover NSU’s Oceanographic Center: Travel to NSU’s Oceanographic Center where you will be able to tour the labs and meet with researchers to discuss current research.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch at Oceanographic center

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Transition back to campus

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Presentation: “Clinical Experience: Making a Diagnosis”

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Presentation: Neuroscience: Cow eye and sheep brain dissections; action potentials in cockroaches’ legs; human to human interface activity

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Refresh Break

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Dinner at University Center

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Leisure Time at Pagoda and/or Community Room at the Commons

7:30 PM – 10:00 PM Game Night

All AIM-High participants are expected to stay on campus at the Commons Dorm.  The Commons is NSU’s newest residence hall which offers 24-hour security, wireless internet, and lounges for socializing.  Although all AIM-High students will stay in the Commons, male and female students will be separated into different areas of the residence hall.  Each participating student will be in a suite with 3 other students; each student will have his or her own room, and each bathroom will be shared by two students.

Link to NSU Housing Website: Click Here 

Tuition of $1200 Includes:

  • 7+ hours of instruction each day
  • Social events
  • Rooming in NSU dorms
  • Meals, snacks, and refreshments
  • Interaction with NSU medical students and faculty

Payment Schedule: 

$600 initial deposit due May 5; balance due June 1. Please use the link to make your payments: NSU Marketplace

Discounts:

Students receiving a discount for AIM-High will receive a promotion code via email for payment.  Discounts include scholarships, NSU employee discounts, and sibling reductions.

Complete the application, essay, and required forms.  To pay the $25 nonrefundable application fee, please go to the Marketplace link below in the Application Checklist section. When submitting the completed application via email, please scan all of the documents and submit as one complete application.  Thank you!

 The application fee is independent of camp fees.  Applications will not be accepted unless they are complete. Please use the application checklist to ensure completion.

Essay: The essay should be typed, single-spaced, and should not exceed two pages.

  • Using only 3 adjectives, describe how others would characterize you.
  • In 300 words or less let us know why you want to attend the AIM-High program. Articulate specific reasons why attending a medical immersion camp is important for you at this stage in your life and what you hope to learn (academically, personally and professionally) through the experience.

Application Checklist:

  1. Application Form (in Word) or PDF
  2. Required Essay Prompt (see above)
  3. Additional Scholarship Essay (if applicable)
  4. AIM-High Rules, Regulations, and Policies Form
  5. Participation Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement Form
  6. Nova Southeastern University Parent/Child Video/Photo Release Form
  7. AIM-High Health Form
  8. Authorization for Medication/Treatment Form
  9. High School Transcript (copies accepted)
  10. $25 non-refundable fee (pay here)

*Please note that applications will not be reviewed unless they are complete.

"AIM high showed me that if I came to NSU, I would be part of something so much bigger than just becoming a doctor -- it was more like a family" -- Gabriella Gonzalez

"I thought it was really interesting not just to do dissections, but to be able to talk with the doctors there and the medical students, and ask questions as we got hands on experience" -- Vanessa C.

"We I came here, I had an idea that medicine was what I wanted to do, but when I stepped into the room every single day and I got to hear people talk about what I loved -- it was just so intriguing to me, and I decided that this is what I want to do with my life and I want to help somebody every single day" -- Gabriella G.

"It makes me feel like I want to be a doctor more, much more.” -- Robert R.

"I actually want to be an orthopedic surgeon, so I think this is really just opening my eyes to the field.” -- Skylar H.

"It’s not every day you get to hold a sheep’s brain, so that’s pretty exciting.” -- Olivia C. 

"It definitely makes me want to get into medicine more, getting a college experience, staying in a dorm on a university campus, it really inspires me; studying the animal body parts was fascinating.” -- Megan M.

How can I communicate with my teen while he or she is at camp?

Participants are permitted to have their cell phones with them during the camp. They will be able to communicate during recreation hours.

What makes the AIM-High Camp different from other programs?

AIM-High is unique in that it offers interactive educational opportunities geared toward the health professions.  Counselors are all NSU medical students and NSU Faculty, allowing participants ample opportunity to learn about the medical school application phase, life in medical school, and areas of health specialization.  AIM-High will provide students with hands-on medical experiences, including how technology is increasingly being utilized to diagnose and treat patients and manage disease.

Are medical professionals available to my child while he or she is at camp?

Yes, AIM-High Camp has a clinic onsite.

What are the dining options available?

Nova Dining caters to all diets. The Chef's Table features a selection of home-style favorites. Campers will have access to New York style pizza from Pizza Loft, a customized salad bar at Wild Greens, or a bowl of soup by Au Bon Pain.  The Shark Grille features gourmet burgers and grill favorites. Participants can also eat fresh with Subway, or choose from a variety of items from the Outtakes grab-and-go selection. Kosher options are now available for grab-and-go sandwiches and salads.

What does my camper need to bring?

Participants should pack comfortable clothing with shoes appropriate for walking across campus.  NSU is a large college campus and sessions will be help all over campus. AIM-High concludes with a semi- formal gala, so please bring dressy attire for this event.  A complete packing list will be available under the Accepted Students link below.

Will there be supervision and security?

The safety of your child is of utmost importance. There will be 24 hour supervision and security in the dorms. 

What is a camp scholarship? How do I sign up for a scholarship?

A partial scholarship is available to students on a needs-based level.  To apply for a scholarship, the applicant is required to submit a one-page essay describing why they are applying for a needs-based scholarship. Applicants should consider including a section specific to their family’s financial circumstances that would otherwise make it difficult to attend the program without a scholarship. The essay must be submitted along with the application.

Contact for more information:

Kristi Messer, MPH, MSW
3434 South University Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328
Km1320@nova.edu
954-262-1072

Congratulations on your acceptance into AIM-High! It will surely be an experience to remember!  

 RSVP for brunch with the College of Osteopathic Medicine and participating NSU Faculty.  The AIM-High brunch is scheduled for Saturday 10-12 on the final day of camp.  

Announcements:  Below you will find the participant's agenda for 

Week One

Week Two

Appropriate Attire and Packing Suggestions

Welcome Letter and Directions to Campus

Hotel Discounts:

Parents and families are welcome to utilize the NSU hotel discount rates as part of the AIM-High program.  Please refer to the following website for reservations.

Students from Other States:

Students traveling in from our of the area should plan on flying in and out of Fort Lauderdale.  Please refer to the schedule for times and dates.  Ideally, students should arrive between 10 AM-12 PM on Sunday and depart after 3:00 on Saturday.  Students will be picked up via NSU’s Shark Shuttle in the baggage claim area.  NSU staff will be there to greet incoming students; please ask students to look for individuals holding the NSU AIM-High signs in the Baggage Claim area. 

 Prescription Medication:

Students taking prescription medication must bring their medication in the appropriate prescription container.  Medication will be collected upon arrival and disseminated as prescribed.