Membership FAQ

I’m not sure if I’m interested in a career in medicine, is S.C.A.R.F. still right for me?


Yes! Our Mentorship & Career Guidance Program is right for anyone that wants to improve their professionalism, public speaking, and critical thinking skills. While you will learn a great deal about medicine and cardiology, we have had many students go on to become lawyers, engineers, or other professionals outside of medicine.




When is the application deadline and when will I find out if I was accepted?


Applications for our 2022 program are due by December 17, 2021. At that time, all applications and supplemental materials (including two letters of recommendation and a transcript) must be submitted. Interviews typically occur in January and early February. Acceptance letters go out in February and March on a rolling basis and typically by mid-April our group of interns is finalized.




When does the mentorship program take place?


Generally, the program runs from the first week of June through the last weekend in July or the first weekend in August. Our 2022 program will run June 1st - July 30th.




Where is SCARF located?


We are based in Sycamore, IL, and Elgin, IL and our students will be required to be at both offices throughout the program. Sycamore office – 2550 Hauser Ross Dr, Ste 350, Sycamore, IL 60178 Elgin office – 500 N McLean Blvd, Elgin, IL 60123




What is the weekly schedule like?


Students are split into 4 groups and will attend our program 2 full days per week. Clinic day: this is a full day (9 - 5:30) and will take place in our Sycamore office on Mon, Tues, Thurs or our Elgin office on Fridays. Groups will rotate which day of the week they have clinic. Wednesdays: all 4 groups will be with us in our Elgin location from 8:30am - 4:30pm. The day is broken up into 2 sessions - research time and didactics/professional development. Our groups of 4 will be split into groups of 2 and will spend half the day doing research and the other half doing professional development. There will be a break for lunch from 12 - 1pm. Additional 2022 MANDATORY dates include: June 1st: Orientation June 29th: Pathway to Success/Pig Heart Dissection July 13th: Mock Interview Day July 27th: Rehearsal Day July 30th: Scientific Symposium




What is the daily schedule like?


Each day will be different but can include any number of the following:

  • Rounding with Dr. Nguyen and/or APNs in their clinics, Elite Cardiology Solutions
  • Rounding with Dr. Rubina Nguyen at Suburban Dental Medicine
  • Student-led mini-topic discussions on healthcare, current events, and/or ethics
  • Guest lectures by a variety of speakers: lawyers, financial advisers, college professors, motivational speakers, health care providers, etc.
  • In-services with medical device companies or pharmaceutical representatives
  • Small group research working on Scientific Symposium research presentations




What if I’m in summer school, can I still participate?


The schedule for S.C.A.R.F. is outlined above and students are not permitted to miss more than 2 of their scheduled days. If your summer school schedule will not fit within these parameters, then, unfortunately, S.C.A.R.F. will not be for you this summer.




Are there any other important dates to be aware of?


There are several mandatory dates throughout the summer that ALL students are expected to attend. If you know right now that you will be unable to attend any of these dates, you need not apply. Our 2022 MANDATORY dates include: June 1: Orientation (the only exception is if you are still in school) June 29th: Curriculum of 2Life/Pig Heart Dissection July 13th: Mock Interview Day July 27th: Rehearsal Day July 30th: Scientific Symposium




Can I still go on vacation over the summer?


Yes! You are provided with your exact schedule and all required dates when acceptance letters go out, which gives you and your family/friends plenty of time to plan ahead for any trips. In addition, the program ends in late July, leaving plenty of time before the school year begins to plan a vacation.




Can I pick which group I’m in?


No, groups are carefully arranged by the S.C.A.R.F. team to ensure that we have an even distribution of new and returning students, students of all ages, etc. We make every effort to group students based on age and location so that carpooling is an option for those that do not/cannot drive.




My sister/brother/cousin is also applying, will we be in the same group?


Most likely you will not be placed in the same group as other family members. In the past, this has led to disruption within the groups. Therefore, we try to keep siblings apart so that they are each able to focus and grow as individuals.




What do I need to wear to participate in S.C.A.R.F.?


During assigned clinic days, students will be provided scrubs that must be worn. These can be worn with comfortable, neat athletic shoes or other close-toed shoes of your choosing. Scrubs will be provided on the first day of the program. The attire for professional development days is business professional. For gentlemen, this means a shirt and tie (mandatory). For ladies, you have the options of pants/skirt with a nice blouse or a nice dress (no sundresses allowed). Skirts and dresses are not permitted to be above the knee. Masks will also be provided and must be worn during all patient encounters and in situations where social distancing may not be maintained.




What is the Scientific Symposium?


This is the culmination of our internship program and is mandatory for participation each summer. You will present the research you have been working on throughout the summer. Each small group will present with a large poster and a team of judges will evaluate the information along with your knowledge and speaking skills.




What other events take place throughout the summer/year?


S.C.A.R.F. hosts many fundraising and team-building events both throughout the summer program and throughout the school year. The mandatory summer events will be listed within your acceptance packet, providing you ample time to plan accordingly. Events added after the acceptance packets have been sent out in addition to extra events held throughout the school year are optional. We ask that you make every effort to attend these extra events. Your presence and support of S.C.A.R.F. outside of the summer internship is noted and taken into account when letters of recommendation are written.




How much does this program cost?


The cost to host one student for the summer is typically around $8,000. However, the foundation covers the majority of this cost through donations and fundraising events. Students and their families are expected to cover a portion of the total program cost, which for 2022 will be approximately $1,800. Additional lab fees may be required depending on the need for COVID-19 testing throughout the summer. Exact pricing will be outlined during the interview and/or with acceptance letters.




I don’t have CPR certification. What do I do?


CPR certification is mandatory and training will be provided by S.C.A.R.F. for those students that are not already certified. This cost is covered by S.C.A.R.F. and your certification will last 2 years.




What else will be required once I am accepted?


Students will be welcomed into real-life medical practices. Therefore, we (and our patients) expect that they are healthy, immunized, and have a clean record. Students will be required to show up-to-date vaccinations (including mandatory influenza vaccination), a 2-step TB test, background check, and drug screen. It is recommended that students obtain flu vaccine ASAP after they are accepted into the program if they have not already been vaccinated this year. Many places run out of the influenza vaccine by April and without this immunization, you will not be allowed to round anywhere outside of Elite Cardiology Solutions.