Medical School Preparation
The focus of this component is to introduce high school students to the requirements of medical school admission and the importance of tailoring their college education plans to enhance their overall chance of acceptance into medical school. Students are introduced to a medical school roadmap that allows them to visualize the journey ahead and to understand the various component parts of the often-complicated process. Participants begin to develop their own plans, identify early medical interests and define goals with the help of medical student and physician mentors and medical school counselors.
Life of a Doctor: Medical Case/ER Triage
These sessions introduce students to a physician's lived experience. Students through experiential learning sessions explore the daily life of a physician. They are introduced to the more common diseases likely to be encountered and most importantly how physicians approach a patient's symptoms and how they think through the diagnostic process. Medical cases, journal articles and new trends in medicine are discussed.
Careers in Medicine
There are many career paths available to a medical school graduate. In this session students are introduced to a number of medical career paths and medical disciplines such as clinical practice, research, technology, public health and other career paths. Physicians from various disciplines and career paths share their experiences that help shape and inform a student's medical career exploration.
Experiences in Medicine
To enhance the program curriculum YPI students are given a real life career perspective by working in a clinical environment. This is an optional activity. Students are given an opportunity to work in a non-profit local health clinic and health fair. They shadow a volunteer physician whose role it is to guide and educate YPI students on the practice of real medicine. This optional activity is only available to students that have completed at least four prior YPI sessions.