The mission of the Medical Institute at Perkiomen School is to encourage students interested in Medical and STEM professions to pursue their passions. In addition to graduation requirements, students receiving Medical Distinction will have completed a minimum of three cross-listed supporting courses, ten hours of external experiences, and a practicum. The external experiences, provide an opportunity for students to explore various medical professions, allow students to interact with professionals, and provide them with hands-on learning experiences. The rigorous senior project requires students to research a topic they are passionate about, collect and analyze data, and present their findings to the community. Student projects are reviewed by our Institutional Review Board to ensure that the research methods are safe and protect participant confidentiality. Through this program students risk becoming their best, learn and demonstrate grit, resiliency, perseverance, cooperation, effective communication and problem-solving. This program embodies the Perkiomen motto, Solvitur viviendo - it is solved by living.
Director of The Medical Institute
Students who seek Medical Distinction will need to complete a Medical Distinction Plan that outlines how they will complete each of the program requirements (coursework, external experience, and practicum).
The Medical Distinction Plan should be completed no later than January 1 of the candidate’s junior year. Plans submitted after January 1 will be considered for acceptance based on prior work completed.
All students are encouraged to participate in all phases of the Medical Institute, including those not seeking Medical Distinction.
Students may enroll in both the Entrepreneur Institute and the Medical Institute. An individualized plan will be created to meet the required elements of each program.
Coursework (minimum of 3):
Foundations of Medical Science
Scientific Research and Design
AP Physics 1, 2, or C
Anatomy and Physiology
Engineering and Applied Science
AP Seminar (after school Winter & Spring terms)
Fluency in a second language
Pre-approved alternative course (Perkiomen or non-Perkiomen course)
Minimum of 10 hours, may be completed during the school year or summer
This requirement may be satisfied through:
- Perkiomen School Summer Veterinary Camp
- Perkiomen School weekend workshops (offered October, April, and May)
- Perkiomen School Winter term weekend class (example: EMT Training, First Aid/CPR, personal training, yoga instructor)
- Pre-approved shadow programming