NM Discovery Program Central/North Chapter

Discovery Program Central/North

NM Discovery Program Central/North Chapter


The NM Discovery Program Central/North Chapter is open to residents of Cook, Lake, Will and McHenry counties. Students interested in participating in the NM Discovery Program Central/North Chapter must meet the following eligibility requirements. Space is limited.

Applicants must:

  • be a resident of Cook, Lake, Will or McHenry county
  • be at least 15 years of age
  • be entering into sophomore or junior year of high school
  • have an academic GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 GPA scale)
  • commit to the two year program, including attendance at all Discovery Program meetings and community service activities
  • commit to abide by all Discovery Program Guidelines and Policies

Program Overview

Meetings are held at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago and occur once a month, generally on Saturday mornings from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. However, meetings will occasionally be held on weekdays when students are typically out of school (e.g. President’s Day and during the summer). Please note, all dates and times are subject to change. Participants are responsible for their own transportation.

Meeting topics vary by month and activities may include tours, guest speakers, group discussion, and hands-on projects. The two year curriculum is designed to expose students to a wide array of potential healthcare careers. Please note, all topics and activities are subject to change.

Year A Curriculum Year B Curriculum
November: Orientation November: Orientation
December: Welcome Party December: Welcome Party
January: The Road to Careers in Medicine (Medical School, Residency and Beyond) January: The Road to Careers in Medicine (Medical School, Residency and Beyond)
February: Discovering Hot Topics in Medicine February: Discovering Cardiology
March: Discovering Nursing March: Discovering Neurology
April: Discovering Hospital Administration April: Introduction to Performance Improvement
May: Discovering Emergency Medicine May: Discovering Oncology
June: Discovering Allied Healthcare Careers June: Discovering Obstetrics and Gynecology
July: Discovering Surgery & Anesthesiology (NCASE) July: Discovering Surgery & Anesthesiology (NCASE)

Application Deadline

Please note that the 2017-2018 Discovery Program application deadline has ended. The 2018-2019 Discovery Program application will be available after August 1, 2018. Please check back to the website at that time for updated application requirements and details.

Contact NM Discovery Program Central/North Chapter:

To learn more about the NM Discovery Program Central/North Chapter, contact the NMH Community Service Department at NMdiscoveryprogram@nm.org.