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AIMS Summer Workshops

The Adventures in Medicine and Science (AIMS) summer workshop at Saint Louis University is for high school students considering a career in medicine and health-related fields. Our summer workshop provides an in-depth look into various career paths in medicine, health care and health education. These areas include general medicine, surgery, nursing, sports medicine, rehabilitation sciences and medical education. 

A group of about 60 AIMS summer workshop participants standing on the stairs posed for a group photo

Check out our AIMS page on Facebook to see pictures from previous workshops.

Available Workshops

Medical and Surgical Procedures Workshop Registration

2023 AIMS Medical and Surgical Procedures Workshop June 19-23, 2023

Registration is Now Open 

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Overview: The AIMS Medical and Surgical Procedures Workshop provides an overview of anatomy and an introduction to careers in the health care field. Physicians and professionals from various medical specialties provide programs in their areas of expertise using auditorium presentations, hands-on laboratory experiences and group interactions. Students also view several surgical demonstrations on-site by expert faculty and surgeons from SLU and other local hospitals and universities. This workshop is available for all students in the age group of high school freshmen to incoming college freshmen (ages 15-19) interested in science and medicine.

Where: This workshop will take place on the Saint Louis University campus in Young Hall, located at 3839 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63108.

Cost Information: The cost of this workshop is $700. If you are a SLU employee registering your child, the cost is $630. Please note that you will be asked to submit proof of employment when registering. This amount includes the cost of lab specimens, lab material, and an AIMS workshop T-shirt. This workshop cost does not include any transportation, lodging, or meals while attending the workshop. Breakfast and lunch must be arranged and organized for the attendee; these meals will not be provided. There will also be no before/after care or supervision available, and this is not an overnight camp. If you are coming from out of the St. Louis region, a parent or guardian will be required to be in town during the five days of the course for attendee supervision during non-workshop hours.

How to Pay: We accept credit card and check. Checks can be mailed to AIMS at 3839 Lindell  Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63108. Payment is due after registration is submitted to secure your spot.

June 19-23, 2023 Workshop Schedule (Tentative)

Please note that this is a tentative summer workshop schedule based on prior years of the program. It is subject to change.  

Monday, June 19

  • 7:45-8 a.m. -Sign in for students whose last name begins with A – L
  • 8: 8:15 a.m. - Sign in for students whose last name begins with M - Z
  • 8:15-8:30 a.m. - Welcome and Introduction of Staff (Auditorium )
  • 8:30-9:45 a.m. - Discussion and Hands-on Simulation (Auditorium): “Intro to Surgical Services - Prep and Dress for Surgery”
  • 9:45-11:30 a.m. - Surgical Demonstration (Auditorium): “ACL Repair”
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Lunch
  • 12:15-1:30 p.m. - Surgical Demonstration (Auditorium): “Ulnar Collateral Ligament Repair / Tommy John Surgery”
  • 1:30-2:15 p.m. - Discussion/Demonstration (ZLC): “Anatomy of the Human Brain”
  • 2:15-3:15 p.m. - Discussion (Auditorium): “Role of the Anesthesiologist”

Tuesday, June 20

  • 8:30-10 a.m. -Demonstration/Hands-on Activity (Lab B): “Review of Major Organs and Systems” (Full Cadaver Demonstration)
  • 10-11 a.m. - Discussion (Auditorium): Psychology and Issues of Mental Health” 
  • 11-11:45 a.m. - Lunch
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. - Discussion (Auditorium): “Infectious Disease” 
  • 12:45-2 p.m. - Discussion (ZLC): “Anatomy of the Human Eye/Pig Eye Dissection”
  • 2-3 p.m. - Discussion (Auditorium): “Anatomy of the Human Cardio-Pulmonary System”
  • 3-4 p.m. - Discussion/Surgical Demonstration (Auditorium): “Interventional Cardiology - Angioplasty”

Wednesday, June 21

  • 8-9 a.m. - Discussion/Surgical Demonstration (Auditorium): “Retinal Surgery”  
  • 9-10 a.m. - Discussion (Auditorium): “Pediatric Cardiology”  
  • 10-11 a.m. - Discussion (Auditorium): “Pharmacology in Modern Medicine”                
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Discussion/Hands-on Activity (ZLC): “Suturing Lab”
  • 12:30-1:15 p.m. - Lunch
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m. - Discussion and Demonstration (Auditorium): “Post-Op Rehab of ACL Repair”          
  • 2:15-3 p.m. - Discussion (Auditorium): “Modern Imaging Technologies and Their Role in Modern Medicine”

Thursday, June 22

  • 8-9 a.m. - Discussion (Auditorium): “Breast Cancer”
  •  9-10 a.m. - Discussion (Auditorium): “Emergency Medicine”
  • 10-11 a.m. - Discussion (Auditorium): “Pediatric Kidney Disease and Transplant
  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m. - Discussion (Auditorium): "SLU Admissions Q&A "
  • 12-1 p.m. - Lunch 
  • 1-2 p.m. - Discussion (Auditorium): “The Role of the Nurse Practitioner in Medicine”
  • 2-3:30 p.m. - Surgical Demonstration (Auditorium): “Abdominal Surgery:  Repair of Aortic Aneurysm”  

Friday, June 23

  • 8-9 a.m. - Discussion (Auditorium): “Getting Into Medical School”  Presented by SLU Medical Students 
  •  9-10 a.m. - Hands-on Activity (ZLC): “Dissection of the Pig Heart” 
  • 10-11 a.m. - Discussion (Auditorium): “Recognizing & Treating Concussion”                                  
  • 11 a.m. -12 p.m. - Hands-on Activity (ZLC): "Sheep Brain Dissection” 
  • 12-12:45 p.m. - Lunch                                      
  • 12:45-2 p.m. - Surgical Demonstration (Auditorium): “Rotator Cuff Surgery” 
     Parents are encouraged, but not required, to attend this demonstration.
  • 2-2:30 p.m. - Issue of Certificates of Completion/Dessert Mixer 
    Students will be handed their certificates, and we will serve mixed desserts. This is very informal, but parents are welcome to attend.  

Parent Testimonials

"AIMS wasn't just a ‘camp,’ it's a building block for the kids' future! Thank you for doing this and for all your assistance."

— Shawn K.

"We have so appreciated the experiences AIMS has provided. Everyone and everything about AIMS has been just terrific in all aspects of the experience."

— William S.

Student Testimonials

"It was a great experience! I believe all high school students should take this workshop, even if they are not going to medical school. This workshop teaches medical procedures, anatomy, and information that everyone should learn."

"I liked how we were still able to see demonstrations and procedures on the body despite being online. These were all very cool and gave the best look into how surgery would work professionally. I also really like the small group talks with the med students."

"I loved getting to interact with doctors! Asking questions really helped me understand what I need to do in the upcoming years to help me."