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Medical Explorers Program

For High School Students Interested in a Career in Health Care

Are you considering a career in medicine? The Medical Explorers Program, offered by the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, provides Broward County high school students, in grades 9 to 12, an exciting opportunity to experience all aspects of the medical field.

When you participate in the program, you’ll gain hands-on experience using state-of-the-art equipment. Physicians, pharmacists, professors, and medical students provide instruction in clinics that take place throughout the school year.

Clinic Topics

  • Osteopathic manipulative medicine
  • Ear, nose, throat, and neck exam
  • Heart sounds
  • Microbiology and antibiotics
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiology
  • Sports medicine
  • Suture
  • Vital signs

Medical Explorers Program Process

At the beginning of the school year, Broward Advisors for Continuing Education (BRACE) and counselors at each high school distribute flyers about an open house for the Medical Explorers Program.

  1. Attend an Open House. 
    • The open house typically takes place at the end of September from 7 to 8 p.m. at Nova Southeastern University's Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prospective students and parents are invited to attend.
  2. Apply to the Program. 
    • Following the Open House, you’ll receive an application by email. Return it by the deadline date. Students will be selected based on their short essay explaining their interests in participating in the program.
  3. Attend the Clinics, Learn, and Have Fun. 
    • The program takes place throughout the school year. All clinics occur on select evenings at the NSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, usually within the Terry Building.
    • Students will arrive at 6:30 p.m. to sign-in and be escorted to the proper room. Clinics generally occur 7 to 8 p.m. A schedule is provided at the beginning of each semester.

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