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AIM-Higher Advanced Camp

Calling all 2018 AIM-Higher Achievers!

Session 1: June 17 - June 23

AIM-Higher is for returning AIM-High students only. 

AIM-Higher for summer 2018 is at capacity!  Please email Kristi Messer at if you would like your name added to the waiting list.

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

NSU-KPCOM is proud to announce their latest summer immersion camp experience specially reserved for former graduates of AIM-High which begins in June.

This week is designed to give the students a deeper knowledge of what it means to provide compassionate care to others and how this, in concert with knowledge and expertise, reinforce the provision of quality patient care.

Here is an outline of the highlights waiting for accepted students: 

  • Check in on Sunday, June 18 - catch up with fellow AIM HIGH students from last year and meet the incoming AIM-High participants. Enjoy a fun barbeque for all and a chance to get settled in for the upcoming week.
  • The focus for the AIM HIGHER 2017 week is the human side of medicine. The participants will interact with a variety of NSU faculty, simulated patients, and medical students to discuss the importance of empathy and communication in patient-provider relationships.
  • Students will also learn how cultural, economic and family issues impact patient care.
  • All sessions will be interactive and involve medical students and NSU faculty.
  • Students prepare dinner at a Ronald McDonald House for families currently residing there. (Please click here for more details.)
  • Current medical students are also preparing a night of wellness activities, in addition to sessions specific to scientific research and poster presentations (to simulate presenting at an academic conference).
  • A visit to one of the assisted living facilities with the Chair of the College of Osteopathic Medicine Geriatric Department will provide students with the opportunity to interact with residents and student members of the NSU-COM Geriatric Club. 

We think this exciting and challenging week will provide a more in-depth experience and understanding of the health professions. AIM-Higher is an opportunity not to be missed!!

Registration deadlines are fast approaching. Please complete and send in your registration forms today for this unique and motivating AIM-Higher 2017 week. Please see the drop down box below for all the details on the Application Process.

Please contact me with any questions.

Best regards,
Dianna L. Silvagni, J.D., B.S.
(954) 214-5948
AIM-Higher 2017 Coordinator
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medical Education
and Nutrition

All AIM-Higher 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 $1400 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 1; balance due June 1. Please use the link to make your payments: NSU Marketplace


We are committed to providing financial assistance to students who exhibit exceptional academic performance, outstanding promise, and financial need.

Scholarships are need-based and applicants must submit a one-page essay describing why they are applying for a needs-based scholarship. Applicants should consider including information specific to familial circumstances that might make participation in AIM-Higher difficult without a scholarship. The essay must be typed, single-spaced and submitted along with the application.


Are you NSU faculty or staff?  Please let us know when completing your registration to recieve a 35% discount in tuition fees.

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-Higher 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.

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

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

Please check back here periodically for announcements as we gear up for another summer of AIM-High at Nova Southeastern University.

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