Northwestern Medicine Scholars Summer Intensive Focuses on Neuroscience and Neurosurgery

Northwestern Medicine
For Students July 28, 2014

The Northwestern Medicine Scholars Summer Intensive was particularly cerebral this year for the participating Westinghouse College Prep students.


The three-week intensive that brings talented Chicago Public School students into Northwestern Medicine® clinics, operating rooms and laboratories focused in 2014 on neuroscience and neurosurgery. 

Guillermo Camarillo, Matteo Geatti, Jacquelyn Hoefling, Gabriel Martinez, Anna Ricano and Aaliyah Strickland, all juniors at Westinghouse College Prep, gave their final summer intensive presentations to an audience of about 50 people on July 25, 2014, confidently explaining symptoms, causes and possible treatments for stroke, Parkinson’s, meningitis and other diseases.  

Andrew Parsa, MD, PhD, chair of neurological surgery who led the 2014 summer intensive, hailed the students as “really phenomenal.” That’s the same word Contrena Strickland, mother of Westinghouse junior Aaliyah Strickland, used to describe the Scholars program.

“I love it, I love it,” she said of the program after watching her daughter present on epilepsy. “It’s given her hands-on experience doing things the average student wouldn’t do. I’m just so proud I’m overwhelmed. This is her passion.”

For all the students, it’s a passion that they work hard to support.

Erica Marsh, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist and the founder of Northwestern Medicine Scholars, joked with the students, “You all let us know how hard (the summer intensive) was and how hard the test was in particular.”

 The rigorous summer intensive test was not just for fun, she said.

“We wanted to give you a taste of that next level,” she said. “We thought we’d give you a taste of med school early.”

The 2014 Neuroscience and Neurosurgical Principles Summer Intensive was the fourth intensive offered. Previous courses were given in oncology, cardiology and gastrointestinal systems & surgical principles. 
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