Sessions are held every other Tuesday (with breaks for Thanksgiving and winter break) from mid-September to late April. The year is broken up into three modules, each focusing on a different physiological system and associated disease. The modules generally follow the following structure:
Session I: Patient Interview
Students learn basic medical interview skills and encounter a “patient” with a set of presenting symptoms. The group then talks together to share what they learned from their patients and will learn a bit of physiology about the system involved.
Session II: Lab Activity
Students do a lab activity to help them learn about the system they discussed the previous session. Labs include dissections to learn anatomy and experiments to understand how physiological systems work in our bodies.
Session III: Research and Presentations
Student get in small groups with their mentors to come up with and research questions regarding the epidemiology, treatment or current research surrounding the disease focus of the module. They then present their findings to the class to practice medical presentation skills.
Session IV: Special Session
This varies from module to module, but may be a visit and lecture from a physician or a field trip to places like the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and the Feinberg School of Medicine Anatomy Lab.
Get Involved with PRISM
PRISM mentors are students in the Northwestern University Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) and are committed to working with high school students to share an enthusiasm for careers in science and medicine. Mentors and students work in small groups that remain consistent for an academic year, enabling the formation of long-term mentoring relationships.
Sessions are held every other Tuesday (approximately three hours of time per session), and we expect our mentors to be present for every session. If you are a student in the MSTP and would like to become a mentor, please contact MSTP student leaders at email@example.com.