NM Discovery Program West Chapter

Discovery Program West

NM Discovery Program West Chapter

Eligibility

The NM Discovery Program West Chapter is open to residents of DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, Lee and Ogle counties. Students interested in participating in the NM Discovery Program West Chapter must meet the following eligibility requirements. Space is limited.

Applicants must:

  • be a resident of DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, Lee or Ogle 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 Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois, Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Illinois and various off-site locations. Meetings occur once a month and are generally held 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). Twice a year, participants in the West Chapter will have the opportunity to join the Central/North Chapter at meetings at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago. Please note, all dates, times and locations 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, Discovering Human Resources and Quality & Safety Services November: Orientation, Discovering Human Resources and Marketing/Brand
December: Discovering Volunteer Services and Nutrition Services December: Discovering Rehabilitation Services at Marianjoy
January: The Road to Careers in Medicine (Medical School, Residency and Beyond) - at NMH January: The Road to Careers in Medicine (Medical School, Residency and Beyond) - at NMH
February: Discovering Cardiology February: Discovering Organ Donation and Patient Relations
March: Discovering Oncology: Mock Tumor Board/Proton Center March: Discovering Home Health, Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care
April: Discovering Emergency Medicine April: Discovering Genetics and Diabetes
May: Discovering Vaccine Clinic and Nursing May: Discovering Mental Health
June: Discovering Hospital Administration and Building & Construction June: Discovering Serving in the Community
July: Discovering Surgery & Anesthesiology (NCASE) - at NMH July: Discovering Surgery & Anesthesiology (NCASE) - at NMH
August: Group Outing August: Group Outing

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 the NM Discovery Program West Chapter

To learn more about the NM Discovery Program West Chapter, contact the CDH Community Services Department at NMdiscoveryprogram@nm.org.