Emergency Medicine Summer Program | EXPLO at Wheaton
Explo - Learning Through Exploration

Your Career – Their Advice. The Best in the Field Come to EXPLO.

Since 1976 EXPLO has
reached 80,000 students from
50 states and 93 countries
around the world.

We Don’t Put Classroom Walls Around Learning

Every day at EXPLO is intentionally designed so that learning doesn’t end when classes do. Each activity, every encounter is an open-ended opportunity for discovery and growth.

Partners + Advisors

When you come to EXPLO, we connect you with some of the most brilliant minds in the field. These remarkable individuals lend depth and perspective to your work; answer your questions about careers; and help shape your experience throughout the program.


From the moment your feet hit the floor in the morning until your head hits the pillow at lights out, every day at EXPLO is jam-packed with courses, entertainment, trips, and fun!

Teaching +

Our year-round staff works for 10 months every off-season to develop curriculum and programming that will knock your socks off. (Unless you’re in the science lab, where closed-toe shoes are required.)

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    Trip Highlight: STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation

    Experience what it’s like to be a real-life surgeon in an operating room through a state-of-the-art simulation at the STRATUS Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Get a hands-on feel for ultrasound technology and arthroscopic techniques with mannequins that can talk and cry and sweat and blink.

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    Program Highlight: Numa

    The “Numa,” an EXPLO-choreographed dance, makes a daily (at least) appearance out on the quad. Students voluntarily stop their wall ball games, quiet reading, and ninja hula-hooping at a chance to dance with the entire program to this catchy quirky tune.

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    Course Highlight: CPR Certification

    Spend the day in the classroom with Red Cross guest speakers who will walk you through CPR and defibrillator use. By the end of the day, you will be CPR certified and one step closer to emergency response team members.

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    Course Highlight: Assessing a Patient

    Learn the four techniques of assessing a patient, and in response, how to develop the same adaptable problem-solving skills as trained professionals in the medical field to respond to these assessments.

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    Video: Experience Emergency Medicine at Wheaton

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    Dining: Something Green

    Dive into our thoughtful menu that reflects the eating interests and needs of our second graders and seventh graders alike. Accommodating to dietary restrictions and allergies, all we ask is you make sure something green is on your plate — and no, “jello” doesn’t count

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    Trip Highlight: Boston MedFlight

    Travel to Boston Medflight, a helicopter rescue center, to check out the inner workings of an emergency evacuation vehicles. Explore the inside of a helicopter, examine medical equipment inside a fast-speed ambulance, and tour the facility with the professional MedFlight team.

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    Sneaker Activity: Wall Ball

    Participate in one of the most popular activities at EXPLO. Rules are rules though: You must learn to bring camaraderie, good sportsmanship, and effort every time you step up to the game

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    Course Highlight: Hands-On Equipment

    Getting a handle of the basics is important in any subject — especially when it comes to dealing with emergency situations. Train with stethoscopes, ultrasounds, and pressure gauges so that when you are out on the field, you can get right into the action.

EXPLO Reinvented the Learning Experience.
We Continue to Do So — Every Day

From the halls of MIT to the minds of curious young people from across the U.S. and around the world, learning through exploration combines an array of experiences — from hands-on courses and workshops to outdoor activities and weekend trips — that transform the way students engage with the world. More than 40 years later, EXPLO continues to reinvent the learning experience. Educators, nonprofits, and corporate leaders alike now seek EXPLO’s knowledge and expertise in engaged learning, critical making, and design thinking to drive their organizations forward.

EXPLO is short for Exploration. Each
summer, 90% of students choose
to attend our Exploration Programs.
How to Choose Your Program

I cannot recall a time I have had as much fun. Each class alone was worth about a week of science at school. We went on field trips to places I had never even dreamed of going. What made it the best was all the learning. The ability to ask question after question and to have then all answered is so wonderful, and it’s all at your fingertips.

Say Hello!

For many families, attending an info meeting in your local area or on one of our campuses is a great way to get a feel for what a summer at EXPLO has to offer. Meet our Executive Director, Head of Programs, or Director of Admission, ask questions, and get a first-hand feel for our programs.

A Life of Daring and Courage Starts at EXPLO