Medical Education

Congrats to our clinical trainees

AMPHS had a successful second training session for our Clinical Practice Training Program (CPTP) this summer. Ten students completed the intensive, six-week series, in which they learned important skills and obtained certifications in First Aid, EKG, Pharmacology, and CPR (some are holding their CPR manikins, below).


One student told us that the knowledge he gained from this program helped him understand what was going around him during a volunteer stint at a hospital, and his experience with AMPHS allowed him to understand things on a whole new level and take back even more from volunteering than ever before.

Two more CPTP sessions will be held in the fall, starting September 13th, and we are currently busy undergoing the selection process.


Pre-health students get a headstart

The first session of AMPHS’ Clinical Practice Training Program (CPTP) is now underway! The 6-week course aims to provide participants with a strong overview of the material, concepts, principles, behaviors, and critical thinking needed to succeed in clinical practice.


Through lectures, class discussions, community-based fieldwork, and hands-on clinical practice sessions, students will be able to develop a deeper appreciation for the rigor and intensity of studying the medical sciences.



In addition to equipping students with skills to prepare for future clinical work, the coursework is developed to inherently integrate public health and clinical research principles into the clinical sciences for students to better understand both theory and practice in healthcare.


There is still space available for our fall session, and the deadline for applications is July 25th. For information on how to sign up, or to read more about the program, please visit our CPTP site.


AMPHS screens record number of people in May

Death and taxes, they say. But let’s also throw in “health concerns.” Everyone has taken medication or seen a doctor or nurse.

Now, imagine you don’t speak English. (How do you tell the nurse how it hurts?) You can’t afford Obamacare. (That pain in your side will get better on its own, right?) You’re afraid of being deported if you go to the emergency room. (But you can’t catch your breath.)

That’s what AMPHS is here for. We are a safe place for people who need help. We don’t charge for our services. We don’t ask for a social security number. And we speak Spanish and Chinese.


The monthly screenings in our Sunset Park offices are among our mostly heavily attended sessions, and the one on May 10 was, in fact, a record-breaker! We saw 22 people over four hours. Consider that a screening consists of time with a clinician as well as a health lifestyle counseling session (and possibly time with one of our social workers), averaging 45 minutes to 1 hour in total; now that’s a pretty impressive number! We were so excited to provide comfort and information to so many needy people.

In addition to our usual screenings, such as blood pressure checks, eye exams and HIV tests, we honored Women’s Health Day by partnering with Project Renewal to provide free mammograms.

“It is amazing how many people are in such dire need of services like this,” says Mon Yuck Yu, Executive VP and Chief of Staff. “It was one of our largest turnouts yet. People are beginning to realize the importance of prevention, but first, they must overcome the hurdles of accessibility.”

AMPHS CEO and clinician Hewett Chiu says, “There was one community member who was suffering from severe back pain and hypertension; after our evaluation of her, we realized that much of her problems stemmed from her weight. We created a plan for her to change her lifestyle behaviors, including her diet. We convinced her that it was important for her to make living healthy a family project; it was something that she needed to do for her children and family. She has been returning to our clinic for continuous follow-up and has seen significant improvements since she first visited our site.”

AMPHS offers free 45-minute in-house screenings the third Saturday of every month. We will also be offering mammograms once again at our site on June 15th between 2pm and 4:30pm in partnership with Project Renewal. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment for a future date (upcoming dates: June 21st and July 19th), please call (212) 256-9036. No insurance or documentation is required. All services are free and confidential.

Thanks to all of our volunteers for making this happen, and also to our partners Project Renewal and Latino Commission on AIDS.

Going Pre-Health? Gear up on your clinical skills!

Throughout the years, AMPHS has worked closely with undergraduate and post-bacc students across the country to provide clinical setting exposure, training opportunities, volunteer and internship opportunities in clinical medicine, public health, health policy, and health law and ethics.

In support of our mission and by popular demand, we are bringing back our annual Spring Clinical Practice Introductory Experience, a weekend intensive program for prospective medical, nursing, public health, and allied-health school students designed to equip them with introductory clinical skills and offer experience of what the field of medicine and public health is all about. 

Clinical Practice Introductory Experience


DSC_0142Pursuing a career in medicine, allied health professions, and public health is highly rewarding and fulfilling; but involves much time, preparation, hard-work, and of course, money. Undergraduate pre-health school curricula generally do not give an accurate picture of the intensity and rigor of medical school education, and doesn’t provide practical, hands-on experience.

The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) offers a popular annual weekend intensive program for prospective medical, nursing, public health, and allied-health school students designed to equip them with introductory clinical skills and offer experience of what the field of medicine and public health is all about.

The Clinical Practice Introductry Experience integrates actual health professions school coursework with American Heart Association (AHA) certification courses to simulate a well-rounded clinical experience, where medical professionals and certified instructors will take you on a journey across the clinical experience of what it is like becoming a medical professional.  You will attend classes in Cardiac Resuscitation, Medical & Trauma Emergencies, Electrophysiology, and even Public Health and Policy. In addition to being able to take these courses, you will receive 4 certifications, including national AHA certifications in HeartSaver First Aid, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, EKG, and an AMPHS Certificate of Completion.  These are the same certifications that states require for healthcare professionals to apply for their licensure.  The objectives of the experience is to:

  • Provide a well-rounded experience for the student to see how basic science, clinical skills, public health, health policy, and research design works hand in hand in the current U.S. healthcare system.  Health professions schools often do not provide training in public health and health policy, and we aim to give students valuable insight into how public health frameworks affect clinical decision-making.
  • Provide students with professional-level certifications that they can use to further their education and careers by boosting their credentials while partaking in a valuable educational experience over Spring Break.
  • Provide students with the foundations for critical thinking and analyses in a clinical setting, and understand how various fields such as public health, policy, and research interact to deliver healthcare for patients.

In keeping with the unique small-group nature of the program, we only limit 4-6 students into each session.  In the past, students have told us that they have preferred smaller groups to allow one-on-one interaction with our faculty members where instructors really get to know them and understand their clinical interests, much unlike large lecture courses in the health professions schools.

Spring 2014 Session

Date: Friday, March 21, 2014 to Sunday, March 23, 2014

Location: Brooklyn Clinical Training Center (5306 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220)


$417.00 (includes course tuition for all class sessions, all applicable registration and academic support fees, course materials, certification examination fees for all exams, and all 4 certifications upon successful completion).

General Registration & Tuition Payment Deadlines

Open Enrollment Deadline: Monday, March 10, 2014 at 6:00pm EST

Waitlist Period: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 to Friday, March 15, 2014


For more information and to register, please email indicating your interest for the Spring 2014 Clinical Practice Introductory Experience (Course Code DME14-001).

For more information, please visit us at:


Please note: We are not a degree-granting institution nor are we associated with any such institutions, including, but not limited to medical schools and graduate or undergraduate universities.  All of our instructors are volunteers with expertise in their fields, and all of our certification courses are taught by American Heart Association certified faculty members.  Since we at AMPHS are all volunteers giving our time and resources to ensure a safer community, all proceeds from this program will be donated to the AMPHS Community Health Project.  This is a collaborative effort in which we provide healthcare access and resources to underprivileged and uninsured families across New York City.

Caring for Seizures: First Aid Tips

seizure first aid

Photo credit : The Epilepsy Foundation

Seizures (colloquially known as ‘fits’) can be caused by a variety of reasons, and can have a wide range of symptoms. Some seizures can cause the person to fall on the floor (generalized tonic-clonic seizures), whereas in others, the individual can have staring spells (absence seizures).

Seizures and epilepsy are not the same thing! A seizure is an abnormal movement or behavior caused due to unusual electrical activity in the brain, whereas epilepsy is the presence of spontaneous, unprovoked seizures. People of any age can have epilepsy – the causes and symptoms of epilepsy are varied, as are the treatment options. 1 in 26 people in the US have epilepsy, so it’s better to educate oneself about seizures and epilepsy. 

How should you react and provide care if you encounter someone experiencing a seizure?

  1. First, keep calm!
  2. Help prevent injury by removing sharp objects around the person, and by putting something soft and flat under the person’s head. Remove eyeglasses and loosen ties.

TIP: Contrary to popular belief, do not place anything in the person’s mouth, as this can cause injury to the jaw, teeth or tongue.

3.  Time the seizure! Call 911 in the following situations: if the seizure continues for more than five minutes, if the person has been injured or is in pain, or if the individual is pregnant.

TIP: Do not hold the person down or try to stop his/her movements. This can cause injury to the person. If the person is thrashing around, there is no need for you to restrain them. Remember to consider your safety as well. 

4.    Turn the person gently to one side to keep airway clear.

5.    Stay with the person and reassure him/her once the seizure is over.

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Stay Prepared during National Preparedness Month!

September is National Preparedness Month! Last year, Hurricane Sandy took 286 lives, destroyed 15,000 homes, and incurred over $68 billion in damages. With hurricane season rolling in, how are you and your family staying prepared? Take this time to review your emergency plans; whether it’s a natural disaster or house fire, having an emergency plan in place ensures that you and your loved ones stay safe and have a place to turn in times of crisis. Here are some tips to get you started:

DSC_01421. Get Trained in CPR/AED and First Aid

Did you know that 47% of sudden cardiac deaths occur outside a hospital, especially in the times of natural disasters? Natural disasters also escalate environmental hazards, such as poisonous gases from leaks, electrical hazards from fallen power lines, proliferation of stray animals from the wild, and fallen debris. These can cause serious injuries if you do not take the proper level of caution and care. Get trained to prepare yourself to care for others who may be victims of heart attacks or injuries from natural disasters. Take an American Heart Association CPR/AED and First Aid class with AMPHS to get trained in the necessary skills to protect you and your family. We offer classes in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

2. Prepare a Shelter-in-Place Emergency Supply Kit

Because public assistance may not be available in all areas following a disaster, emergency supply kits are important to help families ensure self-sufficiency during that period. Not only are kits essential to shelter-in-place at home, they are also helpful for staying in a public shelter or workplace that lacks important necessities. While it is possible to purchase a pre-packaged kit with basic survival items, such as food, water, and first aid supplies, a level of personalization is needed to ensure that your kits are set for any disaster. Here are some recommended items to consider:

Emergency Shelter Kit (Photo Credit: LifeSource)

Emergency Shelter Kit
(Photo Credit: LifeSource)


  • Water: One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation.

  • Food: At least a three-day supply of non-perishable, ready-to-eat food for the entire family.

  • Flashlight and extra batteries.

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio with extra batteries.

  • Phone that does not require electricity and/or cell phones with chargers.

  • First aid kit.

  • Whistle or bell to signal for help.

  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air.

  • Ear plugs, for noisy environments.

  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.

  • Moist towelettes, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.

  • Tools, such as wrench or pliers, to turn off utilities and to fix damaged items.

  • Hand crank can opener for food (if kit contains canned food).

  • Map of the local area.

  • Photocopies of identification documents and ATM/credit cards in waterproof, portable containers.

  • Extra sets of house and car keys.

  • Paper and pencil.

Bedding/Clothing/Eating Needs

  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.

  • Complete change of clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.

  • Kits that contain paper cups, plates, plastic utensils, and paper towels.

  • Poncho for rainy weather, blizzards, hurricanes, and other natural disasters.

General Health Needs

  • List of medications members of household take and their dosages; copies of prescription slips.

  • Prescription medications, glasses, and contact lens solution.

  • Iodine tablets or household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper.

  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items (e.g. toothbrushes, toothpaste, towels, etc.).

Children Needs

  • Infant formula and diapers.

  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities.

  • Pediatrician contact information.

For Elderly or Disabled Family Members

  • Back-up medical equipment and supplies (e.g. medication, scooter battery, hearing aids and batteries, oxygen, facemasks, gloves). If a family member usually uses a motorized wheelchair, try to have a standard wheelchair for emergencies.

  • Style and serial numbers of medical devices (e.g. pacemakers) and usage instructions.

  • Spare cane or walker, for use especially if one gets lost or broken during an emergency.

  • List of family members’ medications and special medical conditions and/or prescription slips, if available.

Financial / Business Needs

  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. Also consider putting these items in bank safe.

  • Cash or traveler’s checks and extra rolls of change (especially quarters).

  • PDA, laptop, or tablet with chargers.

  • Office telephone /fax/email contact list and personnel roster.

  • Back-up hard drive or USB. Also consider backing up documents in cloud-based systems.

Supplies for Your Vehicle

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • Maps and/or GPS system (rely on this only if car charger works).

  • CPR and first aid kit and manual.

  • White distress flag.

  • Tire repair kit, booster/jumper cables, pump and flares, extra tires.

  • Lightsticks and emergency candles.

  • Bottled water and non-perishable foods such as granola bars; water purification tablets.

  • Seasonal supplies: Winter – blanket, hat, mittens, shovel, sand, tire chains, windshield scraper, florescent distress flag; Summer – sunscreen lotion (SPF 15 or greater), shade items (umbrella, wide brimmed hat, etc).

  • Car phone charger.

  • Crank radio (ideally with phone charging and lantern light); solar radios.

  • [Duplicate] emergency contact lists, medication lists, provider contact information.

3. Pack a Go-Bag

Go-Bag  (Photo Credit: Freebies2Deals)

(Photo Credit: Freebies2Deals)

Go-bags are portable packs that contain a collection of things you will need in case you or your family needs to leave in a hurry. Each member of your family should pack a go-bag. Go-bags should be sturdy and easy to carry, and heavy items should be left at home. Go-bags are available for purchase, but just like emergency supply kits, would benefit from some level of customization. Dig out a couple of old backpacks and start with the following items:

  • Copies of your important documents in a waterproof and portable container (insurance cards, photo IDs, proof of address, etc.)

  • Extra set of car and house keys

  • Copies of credit and ATM cards and cash, especially in small denominations. We recommend you keep at least $50-$100 on hand. Keep a roll of quarters at hand as well.

  • Bottled water and non-perishable food such as energy or granola bars

  • Flashlight (LED flashlights preferred since they have longer life spans)

  • Battery-operated AM/FM radio

  • Extra batteries

  • List of the medications each member of your household takes, why they take them, and their dosages.

  • Medication information and other essential personal items. If you store extra medication in your Go Bag, be sure to refill it before it expires.

  • First-aid kit

  • Contact and meeting place information for your household, and a small regional map

  • Child care supplies or other special care items

  • USB drive or hard drive with important back-up documents (or consider cloud storage options like Dropbox, SugarSync, Box, or Google Drive)

4. Develop a 5-Step Family Preparedness Plan

Emergency Evacuation Plan (Photo Credit: Emergency Plan Experts)

Emergency Evacuation Plan
(Photo Credit: Emergency Plan Experts)

Sit down with your family to create a preparedness plan. Make sure that everyone is aware of it and practices it constantly. Here are the five basic steps to a preparedness plan:

1) Do your homework. Research local hazards in your area and resources to keep you prepared.

2) Create a family disaster plan. Decide on the best escape routes from your home, where to meet, and who you can stay with. Consider creating a “Family Emergency Response Team.”

3) Make a preparedness checklist and periodically update it. Items on the checklist should be done on a regular basis, and can include: teaching family members how to use a fire extinguisher, learning basic first aid, and conducting a home hazard hunt.

4) Practice and maintain your plan. Schedule evacuation drills every six months and replace expired items in your emergency supply kit and go-bag(s).

5) Get involved. Become apart of community preparedness teams like CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) or the Medical Reserve Corps.

5.  Stay Notified.

If you are a NYC resident, here are some ways to keep up-to-date with local emergency notifications.

  • NotifyNYCnotifynyc. Notify NYC is New York City’s emergency messaging program and official source for information about emergency events and important City services.  Sign up to receive free emergency information via email and text.

  • New York City Office of Emergency Management (NYC OEM). NYC OEM releases preparedness tips and up-to-date information on disaster relief efforts and evacuation zone maps. ready.govStay updated by regularly visiting their website.

  • Learn to stay prepared and sign up to receive preparedness notifications online.

  • 4FEMA Text Messages. Receive monthly text messages from FEMA on how to stay prepared when emergencies strike.

It’s Heart Health Month! Tips to maintain a healthy heart

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat can you do to get a better heart?

1) Get screened!  You never know what conditions you may have if don’t find out. Many cardiovascular conditions are asymptomatic (you can’t really tell you have them).  Some screenings to consider: Blood Pressure, BMI, Cholesterol, and if you know you have a heart condition, an EKG or Stress EKG screening. Call us at (212) 256-9036 to schedule a screening appointment.

2) Get Trained!  You don’t want to be stuck figuring out what to do when an emergency strikes. Learn how to appropriately respond to heart attacks and other medical emergencies. You can truly save the life of a loved one one day. At a minimum, consider CPR/AED and First Aid trainings. AMPHS offers trainings in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Register today!

3) Know the Signs!  Know what the signs are for heart attacks so when it happens to you, you can take action. This includes pain in the center of the chest spreading up to the jaw, shoulders, down the arms, and even down to your abdomen; shortness of breath; dizziness; profuse sweating; and a feeling of doom.  If you ever have any of these feelings, don’t ignore them!  Take them seriously and call 9-1-1.  If you have an aspirin handy, take one and chew it while waiting for EMS.  If you are on nitroglycerin, take it according to your doctor’s recommendations. This is really serious, and can mean the difference between life and death!

If you follow these three steps, you are on your way to better heart health.

AMPHS to Offer Summer Miniversity Workshops for Volunteers

Hewett TeachingBeginning in June, AMPHS will be offering a series of continuing education Miniversity workshops to interested volunteers in a variety of topics related to nonprofit management, clinical skills, and administration. These Miniversity workshops will be taught by other AMPHS volunteers and are designed to offer staff members a broader look at the public health nonprofit landscape that defines AMPHS. All volunteers are welcome to attend. Here is the current line-up:

SATURDAY, JUNE 22nd  | 3:00PM – 4:00PM

Neurology of Brain Disorders

Instructor: Hewett Chiu

This workshop will cover the neuroscience behind two of the most devastating brain disorders plaguing humans today–Parkinson’s Disorder and Alzheimer’s Disease. Concepts of cellular neuronal exictation and inhibition; recurrent, inhibitory, and feedforward networks; neuropharmacology; neuroanatomy and neurophysiology will be emphasized. By the end of this workshop, participants should have a basic idea of how the brain functions normally on a cellular level and the conditions leading to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

THURSDAY, JUNE 27th | 10:00AM – 12:30PM

Qualitative Research I: Surveys, Interviews, Observations, Mapping

Instructor: Pensri Ho

This introductory workshop is the first in a two-part series on qualitative research methods. Participants will learn techniques and strategies for conducting in-person surveys, brief open-ended interviews, relatively unobtrusive participant-observations, and environmental mapping. The workshop format is a combination of lecture and technique implementation through role-playing and observation scenarios within and outside the classroom.

SATURDAY, JULY 13th  |  11:00AM – 12:00PM

The American Healthcare System: Policy and Reform

Instructor: Hewett Chiu

This workshop will cover the history of the American Healthcare system and discuss the factors affecting healthcare reform today. Participants will explore the different aspects of the Affordable Care Act in the context of past reform efforts and gain an understanding of how these policies and regulations are affecting different populations, and in particular, the undocumented immigrants in Sunset Park.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17th | 10:00AM – 12:30PM

Qualitative Research II: How to Elicit Candid Responses and Building Better Rapport

Instructor: Pensri Ho

This introductory workshop is the second in a two-part series on qualitative research methods. Participants will learn techniques and strategies for conducting follow-up interviews and focus groups. The workshop format is a combination of lecture and technique implementation through role-playing within the classroom.

TUESDAY, JULY 23rd | 10:30AM – 11:30AM

Effective Presentation Design

Instructor: Mon Yuck Yu

This workshop will offer a comprehensive understanding of strategies for effective presentation design. Participants will learn to use Microsoft Powerpoint and other online resources in the design of presentations for business and academic settings.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6th | 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Grantseeking for Nonprofit Organizations

Instructors: Mon Yuck Yu

This introductory workshop will explore the grant research and grant writing process. It will cover how to use grant research databases, how to approach a foundation, and how to create a grant proposal and budget. Participants will have the opportunity to examine samples of past program proposals and budgets.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10th | 1:30PM – 6:30PM

CPR/AED Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers

Instructors: Hewett Chiu, Mon Yuck Yu

This is an American Heart Association course for the Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers certification. It is a detailed, comprehensive, life support course designed to develop and hone CPR skills and techniques of using an automated external defibrillator (AED). Participants will learn how to recognize an emergency; stabilize and maintain stability of an emergency scene; perform a full initial assessment on a patient; perform rescue breathing, CPR, conscious choking, and unconscious choking; and use an AED. Care for adults, children, and infants are taught and emphasized equally.

AMPHS to Host “Health Reform and You” Tabling Event at Brooklyn Public Library – Sunset Park

October 1, 2012

With the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act passing Supreme Court scrutiny late June, many states are scrambling to implement health reform. While health reform has certainly made access to healthcare much more affordable and feasible for many uninsured Americans, there are still groups left out, not knowing what options exist.

Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS), in partnership with the Sunset Park branch of the Brooklyn Public Library will be hosting a tabling event in Brooklyn, New York called “Health Reform & You” to review the basics of health reform for community members, and the alternatives that exist for those who are not covered by the Affordable Care Act, i.e. undocumented immigrants. This event is scheduled to be held on Saturday, October 13 from 10:30AM – 1:00PM and Friday, October 19 from 3:00 – 5:00PM and will be presented in English, Spanish, and Chinese on both days. AMPHS will be distributing literature on the Affordable Care Act and healthcare insurance options, and informing community members about the other services they offer. AMPHS plans to host a workshop on the Affordable Care Act sometime in the near future.

This tabling event is part of the myAMPHS Open Access program, which aims to break down any and all barriers that exist to providing accessible and affordable health care to all, such that anyone and everyone can appreciate healthcare not as a privilege, but as a basic human right.

If you are wondering what you can do, how you can seek medical care, and what options there are, this workshop is perfect for you.  By the end of the session, you will have a clear understanding of the various alternatives available to seek healthcare, and where you can go for assistance and guidance.  AMPHS will have a table with brochures and other information available at the event.

About myAMPHS Open Access: 

To address the lack of access to care for undocumented immigrants, AMPHS has created it’s myAMPHS Open Access Program under its myAMPHS Community Membership Program.  Launching late 2012, Open Access aims to address the barriers of undocumented immigrants to access healthcare by bringing together resources currently in place into one streamlined, comprehensive program.

Through the program, Open Access members will receive access to all preventative care services offered within the organization.  Based on each individual health situation, determinations about further medical care will be made.  Undocumented immigrants may be eligible to receive: Permanent Residence Under Color of Law (PRUCOL) status, New York State Medicaid for Emergency Care, Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) / Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation (COBRA) Act, NYC Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC) assistance, Pre-natal Care Assistance Program & Family Planning Extension Program, and free and low cost clinics.  AMPHS caseworkers will be assigned to each Open Access member, and ongoing relationships and support will be established.

At this time, Open Access is only provided to those who live in Brooklyn, NY.

AMPHS will provide Open Access Members:

  • Public community workshops and seminars on health access, health reform, healthy lifestyles, and AMPHS services
  • Individual consultations with AMPHS caseworkers to develop a customized plan and portfolio of services tailored to the individual
  • Prescription Assistance by means of Big Apple Rx cards and referrals to other assistance centers
  • Regular health screenings and wellness check-ups to ensure continuous healthy medical status, lifestyle, and compliance with medical care directions and medications, etc.

This event is open to the public.  Please bring your family and friends.

To access the flier, please click here: Health Reform & You BPL Workshop__Oct 13 & 19

A Successful Week for AMPHS Medical Bootcamp Summer Session I

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.