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Igniting an Early Passion for Medicine

The Adventures in Medicine and Science (AIMS) program at Saint Louis University cultivates an early interest in medicine — offering interactive exposure to practical anatomy, auditorium presentations, hands-on dissection, summer workshops, and distance learning to high school students across the world.

Michael Williams, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., associate professor of surgery and general surgery residency program director, ignited his own passion for medicine after attending SLU's AIMS program while he was in high school. His participation opened his eyes to the field and set him toward his current career in general and vascular surgery. 

Michael Williams Jr., M.D. assisting a student during an AIMS session
Michael Williams Jr., M.D. assisting a student during an AIMS session

What makes a program like AIMS important to high school students?

"The awesome part about the AIMS program is its universal appeal to students of different backgrounds and locations across the country. It gives students an amazing opportunity that comes from being a part of Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine, and the awesome accessibility of experts in so many different fields of medicine." 

What are the benefits of the program for a young person thinking of attending?

"The AIMS program opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Many kids throughout the world have no idea what medicine truly is, what is out there and where to start. AIMS allows students to see the unlimited possibilities a career in healthcare can offer them."

What involvement do you currently have with the AIMS program today?

"I return to AIMS every year and give back through its auditorium programs and summer camps. It is important to pay it forward because I wouldn’t be a doctor without the program playing the role in my life that it did. I want to inspire the next generation of physicians to find their own passions and achieve their highest career aspirations."