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Pediatric Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

A Summer Program for High School Students in Pediatric Medicine

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA SUMMER PROGRAM IN PEDIATRIC MEDICINE

Spend two weeks at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia summer program. Designed for high school juniors and seniors, this program is ideal for students interested in careers in pediatric medicine. Using CHOP’s premier training simulators and equipment, you’ll gain broad exposure to the basics of medical training. Practice placing IVs, suturing, drawing blood and CPR using state-of-the-art training and simulation tools. There is particular emphasis on the care of pediatric patients, including an introduction to the pediatric exam and lectures from world-renowned pediatric subspecialists.

Through this experience, you will have the opportunity to learn from highly accredited faculty at one of the most prestigious children’s hospitals in the world. This program is a solid first step into pre-med education and careers for those interested in the unique medical needs of babies, children and adolescents.

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Location: University of Pennsylvania
Grades: Rising 11th & 12th
Program Dates: June 28 – July 11
Session Length: 2 Weeks

This program offers rolling admissions. We recommend you apply as soon as possible. 

Residential Tuition: $4,995

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“I got to meet with students from all over the world, paving a path for me to make (hopefully) long-lasting relationships with them. They taught me that no matter where we are from, we will always find a way to relate with one another and use our curiosity to create tight bonds of friendship.”

Sangjun L., Student

SCHEDULE OF A DAY

  • 8:15am Breakfast

  • 9:00am Morning Lectures and Labs

  • 12:00pm Lunch

  • 1:00pm Afternoon Virtual and Hands-on Simulations

  • 4:00pm Afternoon Activity

  • 6:00pm Dinner

  • 7:00pm Evening Activities

STUDY AT THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA

The pediatric medicine summer program curriculum is modeled on first-year med-school classes. It’s ideal for high school students interested in careers in pediatric medicine. The program exposes you to the basics of medical training while allowing you the opportunity to pursue or discover your passions and interests.

You will participate in interactive sessions led by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia faculty and doctors right in the hospital. Experience all this award-winning hospital offers its students and patients. 

FACULTY

Amanda Van Pelt, MD, MPH is a Pediatric Hospitalist in the Division of General Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Van Pelt received her Medical Degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and a Master’s of Public Health degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Van Pelt completed a residency in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and graduated with an advanced skill certificate in medical education. She also holds a faculty appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Van Pelt has a strong interest in medical education and is currently co-director of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine in Pediatrics course at Penn Medicine.

AT CHOP PEDIATRIC MEDICINE YOU WILL:

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is the nation’s first hospital devoted exclusively to the care of children. Since its start in 1855, CHOP has been the birthplace for countless breakthroughs and dramatic firsts in pediatric medicine. Built on a foundation of delivering safe, high-quality, family-centered care, the Hospital has fostered medical discoveries and innovations that have improved pediatric healthcare and saved countless children’s lives. Today, families facing complex conditions come to CHOP from all over the world, and the hospital’s compassionate care and innovation have repeatedly earned CHOP a spot on the U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll of the nation’s best children’s hospitals.

LIFE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

A historic Ivy League university. Located in the heart of Philadelphia. During the summer, the UPenn campus is filled with high school students, undergraduates, graduate students and professors; giving you the real collegiate experience.

International Experience. About 40% of students come from around the world to join us each summer. Every year we hear how much students enjoy meeting people from all over the country and the world and how it opened their eyes to different parts of the globe.

Trips & Activities. There is always something to do when class is over: movies, tours, events, going to the gym and more. Campus is surrounded by dozens of shops and restaurants that are fun to explore with friends. Trips are offered every Saturday to regional destinations of your choice. And Sundays are for exploring the Philadelphia region.

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2020 DATES & PRICES

 June 28 – July 11

  • Academic instruction
  • Program activities and weekly off-campus trips
  • Rooming at Penn
  • All on-campus meals
  • Evening activities
  • Weekend trips

  • Non-refundable application fee: $100
  • Meals during weekend trips and off-campus weekday dinners

Students arrive on Sunday, June 28, and depart on Saturday morning, July 11.

In order to complete an application for admission, students are required to submit the following:

  • Basic application information using our registration form 
  • Application fee ($100, paid via credit card, this fee is nonrefundable) 
  • Personal Information (required, citizenship, additional addresses, biographical, and alumni information) 
  • Extracurricular activities (required, descriptions for three activities) 
  • Honors and Awards (optional, descriptions for up to three honors or awards) 
  • Essay (required, Topic: “Aside from an assumed interest in medicine, why are you interested in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Summer Program in Pediatric Medicine? Do not exceed 300 – 400 words.”) 
  • School information (name, address, phone, type, guidance counselor information, GPA, class rank, etc.) 
  • Academic transcript including Fall grades (required, we accept unofficial and official transcripts) 
  • Must have completed or be currently enrolled in a high school Biology course. 
  • School profile (required unless unavailable) 
  • Letters of recommendation (we require two letters, the first must be written by a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) teacher, and the second may be written by a current or recent teacher, school administrator, employer or mentor, or director of extracurricular activities) 

This program has a rolling admissions timeline. We recommend that you register as soon as possible.

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