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?

The deadline for applications is generally in mid-December before that year's program. The admissions committee meets in late December to determine who will be selected for an interview. Interview requests go out in December and January and interviews generally take place in January and February. Acceptance letters go out February - April with all paperwork due back to us within two weeks of acceptance. Students on the waitlist will then have the opportunity to get into the program based on the number of spots accepted. Our 2021 application deadline has already passed. Applications for 2022 will open on June 1, 2021 and the deadline is December 17, 2021.

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. For 2021, the program will run June 1st - July 31st. Our 2022 program will run May 30th - 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?

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made alterations to our program and weekly schedule in order to maintain smaller group sizes and social distancing. Students are split into 4 groups and will attend our program 1.5 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. Professional development day: this is a half-day that takes place every Wednesday. Students will either be assigned the morning session (8-12) or afternoon session (12 - 4). In addition, various other dates are scheduled and mandatory to participate in the program. These mandatory dates will be provided to you with your acceptance letter. Any dates added after this time will not be mandatory, but it is highly recommended that you attend.

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 these dates, you need not apply. Typically these dates include: the last Wednesday in June (Pathway to Success Day + Pig Heart Dissection), the last Wednesday in July (Symposium Rehearsal), the last Saturday in July (Scientific Symposium). There are also typically 2 mock interview sessions in mid-June and mid-July and students must attend at least one.

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 or early August 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 majority of the total program cost is picked up by the foundation each year (through donations and fundraising events). However, students and their families are expected to cover a portion of the total program cost. For 2021, the cost of the program will be approximately $1600. Exact pricing will be sent out with all acceptance letters. This fee is 75% refundable up to 1 month before program start. It is 50% refundable up to 2 weeks before program start. It is nonrefundable within 2 weeks of program start

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.

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