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.

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Program Dates

Multiple 1-, 2- and 4-week sessions.


For students ages 13+.



Topics Covered:

Follow a patient's journey

Explore how physicians and medical staff manage a heart attack patient from experiencing chest pains at home, to having their vitals taken by EMS, to hospital admittance.

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

Examine the social and lifestyle factors that contribute to heart attacks, such as diet, exercise, and risk behaviors such as smoking and alcohol abuse.

Treating the Patient

Meet medical professionals, technologies, and medicines used to treat and heal patients. Experience arrival at the ER for evaluation and testing. Explore surgery, inpatient recovery, rehab, and follow-up.

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.

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.

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Apply Now for the Next Available Course

August 4 - August 18

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1,295.00

Application Deadline: Sunday, July 28, 2024

August 11 - August 25

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1,295.00

Application Deadline: Sunday, August 4, 2024

Hear from our students

"I would definitely recommend this program because it's supportive, easy to follow, and informative. It was easy to balance the workload with other commitments, especially with the support of the incredible mentors."

Christina Z., medicine student from WA

"This course answered so many questions I had about different occupations in the medical field! It did a great job of exposing students to medical equipment, different medical conditions, healthcare issues, and the daily responsibilities of different healthcare workers."

Hannah O., medicine student from FL

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 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
    • You’ll learn through engaging video— tune in anytime that works for you
    • 30  hours of total instruction and course work, including engaging multimedia simulations and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support
    • Engage with fellow students around the world any time, any place

Meet Your Online Immersion Faculty Members

Dr. Lindsay Strowd | Medicine Course Instructor | Wake Forest University

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 | Medicine Course Instructor | Wake Forest University

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.

Meet The Mentors

Callie | Wake Forest Medicine Course Mentor


Wake Forest University graduate with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with Honors and Distinction for Leadership in Research and currently a medical student at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. She acquired clinical experience in the medical field through a broad range of shadowing positions, and as an emergency medical technician.

Daniela | Wake Forest Medicine Course Mentor


Wake Forest University undergraduate majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry and Studio Art. She volunteers at the Community Care Clinic as a translator and tutor in math, is a leader in STEM inclusion, and is an AHEC scholar. She's participated in cancer biology research, specifically on ovarian and bladder cancer. Jordan also participated in the URECA research fellowship and became published.

Hannah | Wake Forest Medicine Course Mentor


Wake Forest University undergraduate majoring in Sociology on the Pre-Medicine track. She serves as a student researcher examining the impact of the Opioid Crisis on physicians' ethical decision-making processes.

How to Apply:

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It’s easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are required. Just provide some basic information and tell us why you wish to take this program.

NOTE: please submit all application materials in English.

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

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We offer need-based scholarships in each cohort to students exhibiting high potential who need assistance affording the associated cost. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship but you:

The University reserves the right to modify the course as may become necessary.