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Journey Into the Heart of Medicine

Making the Rounds: An Insider’s Guide to Becoming a Doctor

Always wanted to be a doctor or pursue pre-med? Wake Forest’s online course is designed for high school students. You’ll get an inside look at how physicians manage patient care from ambulance to ER to aftercare. Teaching the course are Wake Forest School of Medicine professors Dr. Lindsay Strowd and Dr. Roy Strowd. Through immersive simulations, videos and course assignments, you’ll study the anatomy of the heart, what triggers a heart attack and how a treatment team works.

New this summer. Enjoy all the features of our online medicine course PLUS live Zoom sessions on weekdays. These structured events will include guest speakers, group mentors, and interactive events with classmates. Choose the + Live option when you apply.

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Making the Rounds: An Insider’s Guide to Becoming a Doctor

Program Dates

Multiple 2- and 4-week sessions.


For students completing grades 9-12, ages 13+.


$1195 or $1595 for + Live

Topics Covered:

Anatomy of the Heart

In this course, we will drill down into the workings of this vital organ.

Social Factors that Contribute to Heart Disease

You'll learn about social and lifestyle factors that contribute to heart attacks such as diet, exercise and risk behaviors such as smoking.

Treating the Patient

You’ll be introduced to the medical professionals, technologies and medicines used to treat and heal patients.

The Inside Story

You’ll see how a working hospital operates from the point of view of paramedics, ER physicians, anesthesiologists, nurses, physical therapists and surgeons.

What it Takes to Be In Medicine

You’ll understand the educational and training requirements that go into careers in medicine.

Your Journey to the Heart of Medicine

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Our course will take you through these steps…

  1. The patient is home and is experiencing chest pains.
  2. The ambulance arrives, with EMS support crew.
  3. EMS takes vital signs as they race the patient to the ER.
  4. Arrival at the ER for evaluation and testing — what that entails.
  5. Off to the OR for treatment…whether surgery, a stent or some other life-saving intervention.
  6. From inpatient recovery to rehab to follow-up care.

How You Will Benefit:

  • Get an insider’s tour of a working hospital.
  • Learn how all departments work together — from patient intake to testing, treatment and post-hospital follow-up care.
  • Gain insights into the many types of academic, scientific and practical training required of different healthcare professions.
  • Understand whether or not a future in medicine is a fit for you.
  • Demonstrate what you’ve learned in a final Capstone project.
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion from Wake Forest University.

Student in lab

Apply Now for the Next Available Course

Making the Rounds: an Insider’s Guide to Becoming a Doctor

December 20 - January 3

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1195

Application Deadline: December 13, 2020

Making the Rounds: an Insider’s Guide to Becoming a Doctor

June 1 - June 29

Length: 4 weeks

Cost: $1195

Application Deadline: May 23, 2021

Making the Rounds: an Insider’s Guide to Becoming a Doctor

June 13 - June 27

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1195

Application Deadline: June 6, 2021

3 Learning Advantages Designed for You

  1. Final Capstone Project

    All online immersion courses culminate in a special Capstone project that allows you to:

    • Demonstrate what you've learned in a presentation
    • Choose one of three topics showing what you've learned about healthcare from the patient journey
    • Use any media you prefer— text, video, photography, PowerPoint
  2. Mentoring

    You’ll receive personal guidance from a Wake Forest mentor who can support you and answer questions as you deepen your learning experience. You can expect:

    • Encouragement and direction on all assignments
    • Inspiration, motivation and confidence to help you succeed
    • Brainstorming and ideation help as you prepare for your final Capstone project
  3. Flexible Learning

    • 100% online, works with your schedule
    • 30 hours of total asynchronous instruction and course work, including engaging multimedia, simulations, and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support
    • Online sessions with your Wake Forest Course Mentors
    • Meet fellow students online

Meet Your Online Immersion Faculty Members

Dr. Lindsay Strowd

Dr. Lindsay Strowd, Assistant Professor, Dermatology, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Dr. Lindsay Strowd got her MD from Wake Forest School of Medicine and did her residency in dermatology at The North Carolina Baptist Hospital. She is board certified and works as part of the team at the Wake Forest Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her research has been published in leading scientific journals.

Dr. Roy Strowd

Dr. Roy Strowd, Assistant Professor, Neurology, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Dr. Roy Strowd got his MD from Wake Forest School of Medicine and completed his residency in Neurology at North Carolina Baptist Hospital. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has done extensive research on topics such as: Glioblastoma, Brain and Peripheral Nervous System Tumors, Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy, and his work can be seen in a host of leading medical journals.

How to Apply:

It’s easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are required. Our application will ask you to provide the following:

  1. Basic contact information for you and your parent or guardian.
  2. Why you wish to take this course.
  3. You can tell your story through writing, video, photos — any media you prefer.

Begin the guided process. It should take only a few minutes of your time to answer the questions.

Begin the guided process

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Frequently Asked Questions

How will you be graded? What are assignments like? How much time do you get to turn around a project? When do you find out if you’re accepted?

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Want to study on campus?

Wake Forest University offers a variety of Summer Immersion Courses on campus that allow high school students to explore their interests and experience being taught by our professors.

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