May 26, 2012

Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) Medical Bootcamp Summer Session I came to a successful close on Saturday, May 26th.

After a long and intense week of challenging medical school courses, bootcamp students took what Medical Bootcamp is being dubbed as “the Medical School Experience” back to their college campuses and their futures as medical doctors.  One student noted that although she took one of the bootcamp courses before in her school, that the course instructor made it “thought-provoking and interesting.”

Medical Bootcamp’s students comprised of a diverse group that represented various areas from the East Coast  in their 3rd or 4th year undergraduate studies who traveled to AMPHS headquarters in Sunset Park, Brooklyn to take the week-long Medical Bootcamp course curriculum and experience the New York City life.  The students are enrolled in pre-health sciences or pre-med programs at institutions such as State University of New York at StonyBrook and Johns Hopkins University.

The week for Medical Bootcamp students was a rigorous one.  The program started on Sunday, May 20th, and the curriculum resembled that of medical school.  Each day consisted of at 2-4 medical school-level courses with each course ranging between 2-5 hours.  The program curriculum included courses such as Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, Ethics of Medical Practice, Pharmacology, Internal Medicine, Principles of Design, Analysis & Evaluation in Medical Research, Histology, Infectious Diseases, Cardiology & EKG, and Clinical Skills.  Each course was taught by trained instructors and experienced professionals in each of those respective areas.

“I believe this program is a wonderful way not only to get medical experience and clinical exposure but also to develop and hone in the skills necessary of a physician”, one student claimed prior to entering the program.  The other students in the class shared those sentiments as well.

One hundred percent (100%) of proceeds from Medical Bootcamp will go toward AMPHS Community Health Project and providing much needed healthcare services in underprivileged communities of Brooklyn.

Feedback on AMPHS Medical Bootcamp – Summer Session I

I went to the 2012 Summer Session I Medical Bootcamp. The bootcamp fee I paid went fully into AMPHS programs, so I guess that makes me a “donor.” The bootcamp was everything I wanted and more: many class subjects, hands-on learning, passionate teachers in different stages of their careers (MCAT tutor, law school professor, medical auditor, etc.), and a friendly staff who made me feel right at home. For example, when the program ended and I told the volunteers I had one day to explore New York before I went home, everyone took the time to help me figure out all of the great places I had to go to before I left. Even though my NY experience is a very small concern, that warmth was telling of the volunteers’ instinct to help others any way they can. I saw the volunteers in their offices so often that I forgot that they have paying jobs outside of AMPHS. These committed people pour all of their free time into this great nonprofit, and I believe in their ability to improve community health. I’ll miss being there a lot!

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I attended the AMPHS Medical Bootcamp this summer and it was a great experience. The program really spoke to the depth and value of key aspects of medical school. It included courses that provided a plethora of knowledge that gave me a taste of the difficulty in learning and studying at the medical school level. The bootcamp definitely gave me a lot to think about in terms of commitment, general knowledge, ability to interpret quickly and others that I will need to develop to ensure my passion in becoming a doctor.

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About AMPHS: The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) is a humanitarian 501(c)3 non-profit organization operated exclusively by volunteers dedicated to providing healthcare services to underprivileged communities of Brooklyn and New York City.  From strengthening our foundation through the public trust, we work to integrate healthcare systems, education, awareness, and disease prevention such that all people can appreciate healthcare not as a privilege, but as a basic human right.

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About Medical Bootcamp:  The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) offers a unique, week-long intensive program for prospective medical school students designed to equip them for entry into medical school and offer hands-on experience not provided in a typical educational setting.  AMPHS’ Medical Bootcamp integrates real medical school coursework from first year and third year medical school curricula with advanced American Heart Association certification courses to simulate a well-rounded clinical experience, and will thus equip students for entry into medical school and the medical field.  Students are taught by physicians and medical school faculty from renowned medical and educational institutions. 

At the completion of the program, students will have an opportunity to practice their newly-learned skills by participating in one of AMPHS monthly community health screenings.  Students will not only gain practical experience as a medical student and professional, but will receive five (5) certifications and be one step ahead of other students applying to medical school.  These certifications will allow students to become community health workers and first responders, and gain an appreciation for the discipline of emergency medicine.  These courses and certifications would also serve as preparation, if not direct entry, into jobs or careers in allied health professions.  These certifications include:

  • American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers
  • AHA First Aid
  • AHA Pharmacology
  • AMPHS Clinical Medicine