Our Mission

Dr. Rubin's Mini  Medical School was created in 2005 to help high school students learn if they wanted to pursue a career in healthcare. Over the last several years, Dr Rubin expanded his reach to college students, middle school students  and plans to eventally provide exposure to elementary school students to all of the fields of healthcare.  By providing education, hands on experiences and counseling, he hopes to help you decide if a future in healtcare is the right career choice for you.


Mini Medical School for High School Students Class of 2024

The application deadline for the Class of 2024 was November 15th. The deadline for all supplemental forms (parent consent, teacher recommendation, and counselor form) was November 20th. We will send an email response to all applicants no later than December 15th. If you do not see an email, first check your spam folder. If you don't find it, feel free to email Dr Rubin and he will resend your response.

Applications for our next programs: Summer Mini Medical Experience and Summer Mini Medical School for MIddle School Students, will be posted on this webpage once we finalize our dates, typically end of February or early March. 

Mini Medical School
for  High School Students

(10th, 11th and 12th graders)

A 22 hour competitive program for junior, senior and advanced sophomore students. This program is designed for students who are serious about pursuing a career in medicine.  Due to the pandemic,  in 2020 through 2022, we offered a blended version of the program that consist of 14 hours of online lectures and 2 sessions 4 hours each of in person experiences that were held at the Naperville Campus of Northern Illinois University.  In these sessions we  practice strict social distancing with 5 to 10 students in a large classroom. Now that we are emerging from the pandemic and social distancing is not longer needed, we are returning to our original format  where students will work in groups of 4 and mentored by a TA, rather than working by themselves.  Next year we will meet for 3.5 hours for 6 sessions and learn to perform over 20 specific experiences. We will meet starting in January and end in March. To attend the program students apply and are evaluated by reviewing their application essay, teacher recommendation, GPA and resume. Selected students are interviewed. All students will receive a response by email no later than December 10th.

Apply in the announcement box above for our next program: Class of 2024. 

Mini Medical School Experience
for MIddle School Students

(current 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th graders)

This program introduces healthcare to Middle School Students. It is similar to our Mini Medical School Summer Experience but designed at the level of middle school students. We concentrate on the fields of Medicine and Surgery and offer students 12 hands on experiences. Like our other programs, we now returning to in person learning. The blended program we used during the pandemic is no longer being offered.  Students register online and are accepted on a first come first served basis. Space is limited. As of May 2023, Edward Hospital no longer requires students be masked during the program.  We will continue to offer a virtual mode for students living outside of Illinois or those in need. A virtual student will view lectures online at their own pace and is then paired with a high school teaching assistant who video conferences with your student during the hands on experiences, enabling  them to get a first hand view of everything we do.  The program consist of  approximately 2 hours of lecture followed by 2 hours of hands on experiences.  Students will receive a certificate of completion upon exiting the building. This summer we  will be meeting at the Edward Hospital Education Center in Naperville IL on June 25th from 12:30 PM to ~5:30 PM.  Parents must drop off their student between 12:30-12:45 PM and be back to pick up their student no later than 5:30 PM. We are no longer taking registration for our June 2023 program but if you are interested in taking the program in virtual mode, you can email Dr Rubin no later than June 14th to see if you can be added.

Mini Medical School
Summer Experience

(9th grade high school through college)

This is a one day 8 hour program for any student interested in healthcare.  This program allows students to "experience" the fields of medicine and surgery.  The program is appropriate for any student in grades 9 though college sophomore.  As with all of our programs, we are returning to all in person learning and will not longer offer the blended program we used the last 3 years. This summer we will offer the program on a Saturday and repeat it the following Sunday. It will consist of 3.5 hours of lecture, followed by a 30 minute lunch break, 3.5 hours of experiences and conclude with a 30 minute lecture on healthcare careers. The students will form small groups of 4-5 students who will rotate through 18 experiences, each with 2-3 Teaching Assistants. The groups will rotate 18 times.  Students will receive a certificate of completion upon exiting the building.

Our last experience program was held on June 26, 2022. This summer, our programs will be held on Saturday July 8th and repeated on Sunday July 9th . We will be  located at the Edward Hospital Education Center 3rd floor conference rooms and auditorium.  We are now accepting applications. Use the buttons below to apply and to print your consent form.  

Mini Podiatric Medicine and Surgery

(any student in high school or college)

The field of Podiatry is not well known among pre-health professional students. To raise awareness of the field and to encourage students to consider a career in podiatry, Dr. Rubin created a Mini Podiatric Medical School at Barry University’s School of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Rubin’s son Jason graduated from this school in May 2012. This program is 4 hours long and provides an overview of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery including 10 hands on experiences ranging from taking vital signs to castng fractured ankles.

Counseling Services

(Any student in high school or college)

 Dr. Rubin beleives  every student can obtain a successful career in healthcare but many students need guidance, counselling and help finding their path.  Dr Rubin has provided numerous services, like mock interviewing, essay feedback and school selection advice, to help students on their journey make the right choices to ensure success.  Dr. Rubin is avilible on a limited basis to help you indivivually and/or offer talks to your premed college group.  For help, email him at DrRubin@MiniMedicalSchool.com

Mini Medical School
for College Pre Meds

(College freshman through senior)

This program provides college premeds an overview of medical school. The program is 2- 4 hours long and is tailored to the needs of the sponsoring group. In addition,

Dr. Rubin also offers lectures on a numerous subjects for premeds ranging from interview skills including the CAsper and the med school application process..

Mini Medical School for
MIddle School Students

(Any Middle School Student in 6, 7 or 8th Grades)

This program introduces healthcare to Middle School Students. It is similar to our Mini Medical School Summer Experience but we lecture a lot more about the fields of Medicine and offer the program over 5 sessions 2 hours per session.  Due to the pandemic, this program is on hold but it will return once we feel it is safe to offer.

We hope to return offering this program in the fall of 2023. Please check back then. Alternatively, click the "interested" link below, complete the form and we will email you when the application is posted. 
If interested click here


 I would just like to take the time to say thank you for such an amazing opportunity. This program has encouraged me to be more inclined towards medicine and achieving my goals in joining the medical field. From heart and eye dissections on day one to learning about how to treat the injured through splinting, I have enjoyed every minute of your Mini Medical school! One of my favorite moments was learning how to do IVs, different types of stitching, and knowing what it's like to wear a cast! I am so blessed to have had such an amazing experience and am thankful for being a part of this wonderful and great community! THANK YOU DR. RUBIN!!

I really enjoyed the mini-medical experience! The in-person sessions were really great and I learned a lot of valuable information that has solidified my interest and desire to pursue medicine, specifically cardiology, in the future. The TAs were really easy to talk to and they did an amazing job getting everyone involved to participate in the activities. I have no questions about the final video. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity participate in this mini med program, and I look forward to helping out as a TA in the future as well. Thank you again!

Thank you for your email and the helpful resources you have shared.
My daughter found the Mini Med program and the real life experience you offered very helpful. She had a keen interest in pursuing Medicine as her field of study in college and attending this program has reinforced this interest.

Thank you once again for taking the time to provide students an in-depth look into the Medical profession.

(COMMENT on Hybrid Program)

Thank you for the email and all your hard work for us in the program this year. Mini Medical School has really opened my eyes up to the various and versatile fields in medicine.

I just finished my last Mini med video (12th) and all my questions about the college-medical school process have been answered throughly.

Thank you so much, Dr. Rubin!

I hope that you are doing well and that you liked the card! Thank you so much for creating the program! I applied for a Teaching Assistant position!


(COMMENT on Hybrid Program)

I wanted to thank you for providing me the opportunity to be involved in Mini-Med for the last couple of years. I had a great experience and I really appreciate all of the work that you put in to provide the best experience for the students.

Wishing you the best for the future!

Yash - a current M.D.-Ph.D student  at Drexel University.



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