Medical Institute

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.

Melinda Irven
Director of The Medical Institute

Enrollment

Institute Enrollment:

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.

Dual Enrollment:

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

Coursework (minimum of 3):

Foundations of Medical Science

Scientific Research and Design

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

AP Physics 1, 2, or C

Anatomy and Physiology

Engineering and Applied Science

AP Psychology

AP Statistics

Ethics

Additive Manufacturing

AP Seminar (after school Winter & Spring terms)

Fluency in a second language

Pre-approved alternative course (Perkiomen or non-Perkiomen course)


External Experience

External Experience:

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

Practicum

Practicum:

  • AP Research – offered as an after school activity Note: Completing AP Seminar and Research and two additional AP classes will qualify students to earn an AP diploma
  • Literature Review and Publication
  • Field work with mentor

Medical Institute Partners

  • Cedar Crest College School of Nursing
  • St. Luke's Medical Center


Connect with Perkiomen students as a Medical Institute Partner. Become a mentor, panelist, or manage a field experience site. Contact Carol Dougherty or take our partner survey.