Curriculum

Lang Youth meets every Saturday during the academic year (October through May) and five days per week in July at the Hospital's Columbia campus. This provides Lang Youth Scholars with nearly 300 hours of structured programming activities over the course of each year. Lang Youth is divided into two phases. Phase I is for 7th through 9th grade Scholars. Phase II is for 10th through 12th grade Scholars.

Phase I (7th-9th): Mini-Medical School

Students from the Lang Youth Medical Program work in the lab

Phase I begins with a White Coat Induction Ceremony where Scholars receive their official Lang Youth gold pin. During Phase I, Lang Youth Scholars build a solid foundation in the sciences through interactive and hands-on learning experiences.

Phase I curriculum is modeled after a "miniature medical school," which focuses on the human body systems, diseases and prevention, as well as the case study method.

Additionally, Scholars develop an understanding of doctor-patient experiences through a narrative medicine perspective.

Students from the Lang Youth Medical Program work in the lab

Lang Youth Scholars develop their leadership skills through a series of workshops and activities (e.g., Outward Bound Urban Exploration). They begin to serve as liaisons between the Hospital and the community through outreach and service opportunities. Scholars have volunteered for various community programs such as Word Up Bookshop, Charna's Kids' Club, and other outreach organizations.

Phase II (10th-12th): Public Health & College Preparation

Rising 10th Grade Scholars advance to Phase II where scholars apply their knowledge of health and science through a community and public health curriculum. In addition, Phase II curriculum focuses on internships, mentoring, and college preparation.

Student from the Lang Youth Medical Program works in the lab

This Phase is designed to prepare the Scholars for acceptance into a four-year institution upon completion of the program. Phase II Scholars receive intensive standardized test preparation and college advisement. Scholars attend college campus tours and receive assistance with scholarship research and college applications to ensure their success.

In the 10th Grade Urban Community Health curriculum, Scholars apply the skills developed in Phase I to an exploration of local health issues in the Washington Heights/Inwood community. In the 11th Grade, Lang Youth Scholars transition from a micro to a macro view of healthcare as they study Global Health. In their culminating project, Scholars present their strategies and solutions to the health issues studied throughout the year. In 12th grade, Scholars focus primarily on college preparation and continue to develop their character and professional skills.

Summer 1: Rising Eighth Grade

READING-WRITING-THINKING INTENSIVE

Students from the Lang Youth Medical Program pose with Dr. Robert Kelly, President of New York Presbyterian

Scholars spend their first summer in Lang Youth exploring poetry, analyzing memoirs, and learning to tell their own stories through writing. They engage in brainstorming, creating outlines, free writing, and peer editing to sharpen their writing skills.

Each Scholar creates his or her own memoir piece, which is later compiled into a team magazine. The Scholars spend time playing outdoor games, participate in other fun activities, and take educational field trips.

INTERSECTION OF HUMANITIES & SCIENCE: Environmental Medicine

Scholars participate in a curriculum that blends the liberal arts with science, combining reading and writing with the science of environmental medicine. Scholars explore various environmental issues that seriously impact one's health.

Summer 2: Rising Ninth Grade

READING-WRITING-THINKING INTENSIVE

Scholars are introduced to Analytical Writing and Anthologies as they prepare to enter high school in the fall. Through this curriculum, Scholars are shown proper structuring of essay writing while also exploring different written pieces.

EXPLORING HEALTH CAREERS

This is the first summer that Scholars shadow health practitioners and administrators at NYP. This helps Scholars gain exposure to the many specialties available in the field of health care. Scholars take group tours of the hospital and participate in clinical rotations in various departments such as maternity, surgery, and radiology, among others.

Summers 3, 4, 5: All High School Students

Internships

Students from the Lang Youth Medical Program pose at the entrance to the emergency department at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell

During Summer Program, rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade Lang Youth Scholars participate in the High School Internship Program during the month of July.

This Program is designed to provide Scholars an opportunity to gain hands on experience in a professional workplace with medical and non-medical healthcare professions. Internships allow Scholars to develop professional skills while working on a project that meets the individual needs of their internship. Scholars have interned with the NewYork-Presbyterian programs/departments listed below.

  • Washington Heights Family Health Center
  • Allen Hospital
  • Angel on a Leash
  • BRAINYAC
  • Broadway Practice
  • Charna
  • Community Ambassadors Internship
  • Contact Center
  • Core Laboratory
  • Gamma Knife - Radiation Oncology
  • Haven Pediatrics
  • Medical Technology
  • PEACE
  • Pediatrics Department
  • Physicians Assistant - Oncology in Patient
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Reach Out and Read
  • The Rogosin Institute
  • Transfusion Medicine Laboratory
  • West Side Veterinary Center

Monday through Thursday, Scholars report to their internship sites, and on Fridays they participate in personal, professional, and college preparation workshops.

College Campus Tours

Students from the Lang Youth Medical Program work in the lab

All Lang Youth Scholars visit colleges during their six-year commitment to the program. These include institutions in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston.

The trips allow students to learn about different types of colleges, meet representatives, and go on campus tours.

Colleges and universities visited in the past are listed below.

New York

  • City College, CUNY
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Fordham University
  • New York University SUNY at Stony Brook

Boston

  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Harvard College
  • Northeastern University
  • Tufts University

Philadelphia

  • Temple University
  • University of Pennsylvania

Contact

LANG YOUTH MEDICAL PROGRAM
NYP/Columbia

Mailing Address
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Lang Youth Medical Program
640 West 170th Street, Apt. 1B
New York, NY 10032
212-305-0806