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Epidemics, Outbreaks, & Contagion

Three-Week Summer Medicine Program

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The application is now live for Summer 2021!
If we can run in person, we will. If we need to run remotely, we will.

Students seeking a career in medicine: Virology and Immunology are key courses in the pre-med curriculum. Now you don’t have to wait until college to explore these areas!

Covid-19, Measles, smallpox, cholera, HIV, tuberculosis, malaria influenza, MRSA, Ebola – many of the most deadly contagious diseases are not fully understood. During this three week course, we will explore the nature of many of these pathogens and discuss their transmission, prevention and treatment. Specific focus will be on HIV infection, influenza and cholera, but attention will also be given to additional viral, bacterial and parasitic infections.

In 2019, students began by studying the historical and modern ramifications of bacteria, viruses, and parasites, soon after moving on to infectious disease identification. 


July 12 – July 30, 2021
Longwood Medical Area – Boston, MA

How do microbes damage their host cells and impair structure and function? How do they become pathogenic? Labs during this unit included sample culturing, epidemic simulations, and a mock diagnosis and treatment of infections.

We anticipate that this will be a popular program! Apply now. Want to think about it a bit more? Join our mailing list so you don’t forget.

This is a competitive admissions summer research program designed for teens.

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Students pose with teacher Jeff Robin in the Biomedical and Surgical Research three-week summer program

Teaching Team: Dr. Jeff Robin

 Dr. Robin earned his Bachelors degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology before earning his MD from SUNY Upstate Medical School. After earning his Masters in Education, Jeff began teaching at top-ranked Wellesley High School. He is highly interested in how disease processes affect human physiology and how surgical procedures aim to correct these abnormal processes.

Student Comments

‘I really liked this program. [The Instructor] was really kind and supportive and even helped me when I had questions. I hope to come back to this program next year.’

‘Our program was really good. We learned a lot of interesting new techniques and went in depth with interpretation. The program was enriching and we had a lot of fun.’

‘I absolutely loved my program; I learned so much. The labs were extremely unique and definitely a once in a lifetime experience! I will miss the program so much! Way cooler than school! The field trips were eye-opening and really made me realize how much I want to be a medical researcher.’

‘My program was amazing. I loved the balance of labs and classes. The information given was challenging yet engaging. The trips to the research labs were so inspirational!’

Students pose for a photo in the Biomedical Research: Contagious Disease three-week medicine program

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