The Pre-Med Academy @HOME

The Pre-Med Level I Academy @HOME provides students with the unique opportunity to delve into the pre-medical field. The Academy covers various topics, including content modules on genetic inheritance, hormones, immunology and organic chemistry. The program also explores case studies on various diseases, poses medical ethics questions, and offers an opportunity to dissect scientific papers. Furthermore, this academy will prepare you for a career in medicine by providing an overview of the MCAT process, as well as the chance to hear first-hand about the process from Harvard students.

The Pre-Med Level II Academy @HOME relies on prior knowledge from the Level I program (or a curricular equivalent) to give students the tools to fill the shoes of an emergency room doctor or a triage nurse in patient care. Students will learn about human physiology, the pathologies that affect it, and the tools needed to diagnose and treat those pathologies in a curriculum curated by physicians from Massachusetts General Hospital and professors of medicine from Harvard Medical School.

Analyze case studies. 

Learn to diagnose and treat patients.

Accessible Education. Harvard Quality.

Program Overview: Pre-Med Level I

The goals of Pre-Med I are to introduce students to the fundamentals of pre-medical studies. We hope to provide an extensive overview of pre-med while also encouraging students to think critically and quickly. Each day, we will begin with an in-depth lecture covering an important aspect to the medical field, ranging from genetics to organic chemistry. We then transition into hands-on activities created to orient students to the realities of working in medicine. Our program guides students through topics and higher order thinking skills necessary to succeed in the medical field. 

Our goal is to provide a one-of-a-kind experience for students to be confident and knowledgeable about the path to medical school. We aim to instill courage in our students to pursue a career in medicine.

Schedule: Pre-Med Level I

Day 1

Introductions & Icebreakers

Program Overview & Final Project Introduction

Module: Genetics

Genetics Interactive Activity

Group Work Time: Disease Preferences

Day 2

Module: Immunology

CRISPR Case Study

Final Project Group Work

How to be Pre-Med + Q&A


Day 3

Introduction to Organic Chemistry

ORGO Module 1: Hydrocarbons & Alkanes

ORGO Module 2: Alkyl Side Groups & Naming

ORGO Module 3: Other Side Groups

Final Practice & Wrap Up


Day 4

Presentations

Harvard Q&A

Day 5 (Summer)

Guest Speaker - usually a Harvard professor or graduate student; sometimes a leading expert in the field.

More Interactive Activities with Genetics & Immunology Modules

Medical Professionals Activity

Accessible Education. Harvard Quality.

Program Overview: Pre-Med Level II

The goals of Pre-Med II are to give students a fully immersive experience into the world of medicine. By stepping into the shoes of physician, this academy challenges students to think quickly and decisively in order to treat patients. Each day, we begin with an introduction to a new pathology. From there, students begin to examine real-life case studies and analyze the implications of the decisions made as well as alternatives. With guided instruction and access to a knowledgable Harvard undergraduate instructor, students are properly equipped with the knowledge and experience to successfully have a career in medicine. 

Our Level II program extends our goals from the Level I Academy by giving students a far more immersive, hands-on experience to the world of medicine. By simulating the role of medical professionals, students are given unparalleled insight as they enter the medical world.

SCHEDULE: Pre-Med Level II

Day 1

Introduction & Icebreakers

Heart and Coronary Artery Disease Lecture

Lung Lecture

Activity in Small Groups

Muscles & ALS Lecture

Radiological Scans Examination & Discussion

Day 2

Renal Failure & ESRD Lecture

Digestive System & Reports

Skin & Basal Cell Carcinoma Lecture

Blood Testing Activity

Day 3

Brain Lecture

Endocrine System

Associated Diseases & SOAP Note Format

Final Project Preparation


Day 4

Case Study Walkthrough

Present Final Projects

Harvard Q&A

Day 5 (Summer)

Guest Speaker - usually a Harvard professor or graduate student; sometimes a leading expert in the field.

Follow-up Q&A 

Additional Pathology Activities & Insight into Medical Professions