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One-Week Summer Medicine Program

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When deciding on a career path, do you see yourself working an exciting and fascinating job where each day is different? Do you want to build long-term relationships with patients and see rewarding results? Maybe you’re looking to go into a field that is always in demand and has a predictable schedule. Luckily for you, primary care encompasses all of these qualities and more! BLI is now offering the perfect introductory program for students interested in a career in general internal medicine, general pediatrics, family medicine, etc.

In this program, students will explore a variety of primary care physician responsibilities through hands-on exercises and activities. First, they will learn the basics of evaluating a patient’s health through taking vitals and conducting physical exams including height, weight, vision, hearing, and blood pressure checks. Then, students will go on to learn preventative care and recommend lifestyle habits, including the patient’s mental health.

Next, students will take a deep dive into the world of infectious diseases and review the ones most commonly seen and treated by primary care physicians including upper respiratory tract infection, common cold, measles, pneumonia, and more.  Students will also learn how to differentiate between viruses, pathogens, worms, and bacteria, as well as learn how they are transmitted. 

They will then go on to learn how to correctly diagnose these diseases as well as come up with a treatment plan which may include prescribing medication and referring patients to specialists and other healthcare providers.

Primary care physicians are most commonly the first point of contact for people in the medical world. If this sounds exciting to you, don’t wait, register now to take Primary Care!

Note: this page represents our best expectations for the program we will deliver, but is subject to change. We will update this page as new information becomes available.


July 29 – August 2, 2024 | Gann/Bentley, Waltham

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Primary care physicians work in clinics, private practices, outpatient hospital settings, and more.

Primary care physicians actively administer medication, clean wounds, and treat injuries.

Primary care physicians can provide temporary splints and first aid. 


Primary care physicians perform annual check-ups and conduct reflex checks and more.

Primary care physicians can send patients on to emergency room teams.

Primary care physicians perform diagnostic tests.

Primary care physicians utilize and monitor medical equipment.

Primary care physicians monitor vital signs.

Instructor: Alessandro Tagliavia

Mr. Tagliavia is a graduate student at Tufts University, earning his Masters of Biomedical Sciences. He received his Masters of Public Health from Boston University after earning his undergraduate degree from Boston College. He is currently a Research Assistant in the Department of Anesthesia at Mass General Hospital. 

Student Comments from Summer 2022

‘Good teacher, very interactive, very fun, really interesting. I really enjoyed the course, I learned a lot, the teacher made class fun and interactive and made it a space where we could have good discussions that helped me learn. I loved the study cases and demos! The people were also great.’ 

‘I liked that there were a lot of hands-on activities and we weren’t just sitting the whole time. Our teacher was engaging and entertaining and funny. He prepared class well and made us all feel included.’

‘The teacher was very good and made class super fun while teaching us valuable skills. He was passionate about primary care and a super chill and interesting person overall. I liked the program and would recommend it to anyone interested in an intro to the medical field.’

Students perform a mock medical procedure in the Emergency Medicine three-week program

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