for 10th, 11th and 12th grade students
*** Due to the COVID pandemic, the format of our program has changed to adapt and prevent the spread of COVID.
We initially offered 12 hours of online lecture followed by 2 sessions 4 hours each for hands on experiences
in small pods of 8 students. We ran the program at NIU Naperville Campus to avoid going into a hospital
environment the last 2 years. We also offered student interview online through video conferencing. We maintained the content of our program while taking every measure to ensure the safety of our students. As we now emerge from the pandemic and enter an endemic COVID era, we have returned back to the Edward - Plainfield medical campus and have returned to our in person hands on experience program. However, we have retained our online video streaming to allow us more flexibility with students and to enable us to offer more options to interested students who live out of state. As of October 2022, all students will be required to wear a mask and be fully immunized against COVID to attend the program in person. If for any reason a student is not able to comply with these two requirements, the student can elect or will be offered a completely virtual program.
*** Please note, we have left the descriptions below of our past programs in the hope we will return to that
If interested in attending the winter of 2023, use this link to apply: https://forms.gle/3iBW8HUXuBWX6CXFA
Be safe, Be smart, Be vaccinated.
~ Dr Rubin
This program provides an overview of a typical medical school. Students get a very fast paced course providing the concepts and principles of each basic science class taught at a typical medical school. This is followed by a virtual rotation through the clinical fields of Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/Gyne, Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Radiology and Anesthesia.
This program is 20 hours long divided over 6 sessions. Each session's topic are followed by hands on experience where the class is divided up into small groups of 4 students who work with a Teaching Assistant who has been mentored by Dr Rubin and completed the class in the past.
We offer the program twice, one class being held on Saturday afternoons and the second is being held on Sunday afternoons.
The first five sessions are held at the Edward - Plainfield ER conference rooms located on 24600 W 127th St, Plainield, IL 60585 . Our 6th session is held at the Edward Hospital Education Center 3rd floor auditorium and conference rooms. Parents and students are invited to this session. Dr Rubin will then explain how students go from high school to med school. We then conclude with a graduation ceremony.
The application is a competitive process. Applicants are evaluated on a rolling basis. There are 4 parts:
1. An online form which includes a short essay explaining why you want to attend the program.
2. A parent consent form.
3. A counselor form
4. A teacher recommendation from a science or math teacher. * Best to use your teacher from last year or a prior year.
We need all 4 parts to consider you for the program. Once all complete forms are received we will invite students who we believe will best benefit from our program for a short video interview though FaceTime or Skype. These interviews are only offered by invitation and are scheduled with Dr. Rubin. Acceptance into the program is competitive and depends on an evaluation of your application, just like a real medical school. Then students are offered an acceptance by email and instructed to check their schedule. If there is no conflicts, a check for our program fee of $450 is mailed to my office and made payable to Dr. Rubin’s Mini Medical School. If a student is not accepted, no check is collected. There is no application fee. The program fee covers all expenses. All students who apply will receive an emailed response by the end of the second week of December. Students who do not send in a complete application will not be considered for the program. It is the student’s responsibly to ensure we receive a complete application. The application deadline every year is November 15 and the deadline for supporting forms (teacher, counselor and consent) is Nov 20th.
If you want to be notified when our online application is posted, click on this word: Interested?