Mount Sinai Hosts Mini-Med School for Middle School Students

The Mount Sinai School of Medicine Medstart program hosted its 4th annual free one-week summer enrichment program to teach middle school students about science, medicine, and life-saving procedures.

New York, NY
 – August 28, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

Eighty-eight middle school students in the New York area were selected from more than 250 applicants to participate in the MedStart Summer camp.  Now in its fourth year, the camp teaches students about science, life saving medical techniques, and health conditions prevalent in the East Harlem community.

Created by Mount Sinai School of Medicine medical students, the MedStart Enrichment program at is a non-profit organization designed for middle school students who are interested in science and medicine or who would benefit from a more interactive approach to learning.  The camp was created to specifically expose underprivileged students to the medical field, allowing them to learn from Mount Sinai physicians, researchers, and students.  Students learn about the different organ systems of the body, as well as medical techniques such as ultrasound, MRI, and X-ray imaging.

Each summer, Mount Sinai hosts this one-week "mini-medical school" camp, which is free to participants—MetroCards, lunch, t-shirts, CPR certification and trophies are all provided without any cost to students who are accepted into the program.  The camp is run exclusively by first-year medical students.

Over the past year, MedStart initiated a new program that teaches participants about specialized areas of medicine during the school year. The Fall 2011 module focused on Sports and Emergency Medicine, and our Spring 2012 sessions introduced students to Neurology, Drug Awareness and Sexual Health, and Surgery.

Since the program’s start in 2009, the camp has grown to tremendous proportions.  However, the program continues to accept the majority of its students from the East Harlem community, as it is designed to target this underprivileged population.  

As part of the camp’s continued growth, an Advanced Leadership Track was recently initiated for returning campers.  The curriculum of this honors track aims to build upon students’ knowledge gained from last year, as well as to allow them to observe clinical experiences.

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The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of the leading medical schools in the United States. The Medical School is noted for innovation in education, biomedical research, clinical care delivery, and local and global community service. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 14 research institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and by U.S. News and World Report.

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation's oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 14th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation's top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Mount Sinai is one of 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and by  U.S. News and World Report and whose hospital is on the U.S. News and World Report Honor Roll.  Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place. 

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