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Lang Youth meets every Saturday during the academic year (October through May) and five days per week in July at the Hospital's Columbia campus. This provides Lang Youth Scholars with nearly 300 hours of structured programming activities over the course of each year. Lang Youth is divided into two phases. Phase I is for 7th through 9th grade Scholars. Phase II is for 10th through 12th grade Scholars.

Phase I (7th-9th): Mini-Medical School

Phase I begins with a White Coat Induction Ceremony where Scholars receive their official Lang Youth gold pin. During Phase I, Lang Youth Scholars build a solid foundation in the sciences through interactive and hands-on learning experiences.

Students from the Lang Youth Medical Program work in the lab

Phase I curriculum is modeled after a "miniature medical school," which focuses on the human body systems, diseases and prevention, as well as the case study method.

Additionally, Scholars develop an understanding of doctor-patient experiences through a narrative medicine perspective.

Students from the Lang Youth Medical Program work in the lab

Lang Youth Scholars develop their leadership skills through a series of workshops and activities (e.g., Outward Bound Urban Exploration). They begin to serve as liaisons between the Hospital and the community through outreach and service opportunities. Scholars have volunteered for various community programs such as Word Up Bookshop, Charna's Kids' Club, and other outreach organizations.

Phase II (10th-12th): Public Health & College Preparation

Rising 10th Grade Scholars advance to Phase II where scholars apply their knowledge of health and science through a community and public health curriculum. In addition, Phase II curriculum focuses on internships, mentoring, and college preparation.

Student from the Lang Youth Medical Program works in the lab

This Phase is designed to prepare the Scholars for acceptance into a four-year institution upon completion of the program. Phase II Scholars receive intensive standardized test preparation and college advisement. Scholars attend college campus tours and receive assistance with scholarship research and college applications to ensure their success.

In the 10th Grade Urban Community Health curriculum, Scholars apply the skills developed in Phase I to an exploration of local health issues in the Washington Heights/Inwood community. In the 11th Grade, Lang Youth Scholars transition from a micro to a macro view of healthcare as they study Global Health. In their culminating project, Scholars present their strategies and solutions to the health issues studied throughout the year. In 12th grade, Scholars focus primarily on college preparation and continue to develop their character and professional skills.

Summer 1: Rising Eighth Grade


Scholars spend their first summer in Lang Youth exploring poetry, analyzing memoirs, and learning to tell their own stories through writing. They engage in brainstorming, creating outlines, free writing, and peer editing to sharpen their writing skills.

Students from the Lang Youth Medical Program pose with Dr. Robert Kelly, President of New York Presbyterian

Each Scholar creates his or her own memoir piece, which is later compiled into a team magazine. The Scholars spend time playing outdoor games, participate in other fun activities, and take educational field trips.


Scholars participate in a curriculum that blends the liberal arts with science, combining reading and writing with the science of environmental medicine. Scholars explore various environmental issues that seriously impact one's health.

Summer 2: Rising Ninth Grade


Scholars are introduced to Analytical Writing and Anthologies as they prepare to enter high school in the fall. Through this curriculum, Scholars are shown proper structuring of essay writing while also exploring different written pieces.


This is the first summer that Scholars shadow health practitioners and administrators at NYP. This helps Scholars gain exposure to the many specialties available in the field of health care. Scholars take group tours of the hospital and participate in clinical rotations in various departments such as maternity, surgery, and radiology, among others.

Summers 3, 4, 5: All High School Students


During Summer Program, rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade Lang Youth Scholars participate in the High School Internship Program during the month of July.

Students from the Lang Youth Medical Program pose at the entrance to the emergency department at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell

This Program is designed to provide Scholars an opportunity to gain hands on experience in a professional workplace with medical and non-medical healthcare professions. Internships allow Scholars to develop professional skills while working on a project that meets the individual needs of their internship. Scholars have interned with the NewYork-Presbyterian programs/departments listed below.

Washington Heights Family Health Center
Allen Hospital
Angel on a Leash
Broadway Practice
Community Ambassadors Internship
Contact Center
Core Laboratory
Gamma Knife - Radiation Oncology
Haven Pediatrics
Medical Technology
Pediatrics Department
Physicians Assistant - Oncology in Patient
Recreation Therapy
Reach Out and Read
The Rogosin Institute
Transfusion Medicine Laboratory
West Side Veterinary Center

Monday through Thursday, Scholars report to their internship sites, and on Fridays they participate in personal, professional, and college preparation workshops.

College Campus Tours

All Lang Youth Scholars visit colleges during their six-year commitment to the program. These include institutions in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston.

Students from the Lang Youth Medical Program work in the lab

The trips allow students to learn about different types of colleges, meet representatives, and go on campus tours.

Colleges and universities visited in the past are listed below.

New York
City College, CUNY
Columbia University
Cornell University
Fordham University
New York University SUNY at Stony Brook
Boston College
Boston University
Harvard College
Northeastern University
Tufts University
Temple University
University of Pennsylvania


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