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High School and College Programs

Three images, side by side, including an Brain MRI (left), Functional MR (center), and Brain Perfusion MRI (right).

Summer Program in Vascular Neurology Heading link

The Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation of the University of Illinois at Chicago offers a unique 7-day summer program in Vascular Neurology.

Open to high school students entering grades 10-12 and recent graduates, the program designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine and are passionate about neurosciences. During this program, students learn the basics of stroke prevention, approaches to acute neurovascular emergencies, and the interpretation of advanced brain imaging studies.  In the morning, students join the stroke service team in assessing patients admitted to the stroke inpatient service or those who present to our Emergency Room with signs and symptoms of acute cerebral ischemia. In the afternoon, students are invited to see patients in our outpatient clinic. The ultimate goal of this program is to offer students a glimpse of what real medicine looks like.

Students are not required to have a particular background in neurosciences, though the ideal candidate should be responsible, self-motivated, and dedicated.

Testimonials Heading link


My experience rotating was very educational and enjoyable. It gave me an understanding of what stroke is, the various causes, and how to treat it. In addition I gained a deeper understanding what a career in medicine would look like, and learned about the different areas of hospital care such as inpatient, outpatient and the Emergency Department.

Carla  |  Latin School of Chicago

Being a part of this research was a very influential and important experience for me. I was able to understand many different concepts that I was unfamiliar with before, leading to my interest in the medical field. It was an incredible experience that greatly impacted my take on what medicine is.

Morgan  |  Saint Ignatius College Prep

It was a very motivating and invigorating experience. I hope I can repeat it soon.

Daniel  |  BASIS Charter School