About the Program

S.C.A.R.F.'s Mentorship and Career Guidance Program

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How The Program Started

In the summer of 2012 S.C.A.R.F. delivered its first official Mentorship and Career Guidance program. However, S.C.A.R.F. and its mentoring program started around 10 years ago with just a few students shadowing Dr. Nguyen. Students gained much needed guidance and the requests from new students kept coming in. In 2013, S.C.A.R.F. decided to formalize the program. Since then, this program has been expanding by leaps and bounds.

About S.C.A.R.F.’s Mentorship Program

S.C.A.R.F.’s Career Guidance and Mentorship Program partners with students in high schools and colleges, giving them the unique opportunity to learn, practice, and prepare for their future...while helping their community at the same time. Keeping up with S.C.A.R.F.’s mission to raise awareness and decrease the incidence of sudden cardiac-arrest/death, our interns, upon successful completion of the requirements of the program become lifelong Ambassadors of S.C.A.R.F. By partnering with students, S.C.A.R.F. is laying the foundation to positively impact these students and our community in the coming year.

The Basics

Every year many students apply to be a part of S.C.A.R.F.’s Mentorship and Career Guidance Program. The deadline for application is December 15th, for the upcoming summer. Selected students are invited for an interview. Those students that best demonstrate their commitment, dedication, a strong desire to learn, passion to save lives and positively impact their community are invited to join S.C.A.R.F.’s Mentorship and Career Guidance Program for the upcoming summer.

During the program students take part in a variety of activities including listening to lectures, observing doctors and nurse practitioners do patient consultations, working on their projects, organizing and taking part in community awareness events, etc. While the program provides hands on guidance and coaching to those who are looking to follow a career in a medicine, it’s not limited to just those students who are interested in healthcare. Our program is uniquely designed to benefit any student who wants to learn about health, professionalism, and wants to make a difference in their community while developing lifelong friendships. The sobering truth about heart disease is that it’s becoming increasingly prevalent and starting at an early age. Our students learn how to help themselves and their families first.

Over the course of the summer, students build a foundation for a lifetime of analytical learning, critical thinking, teamwork, and higher education. One of the ways this is achieved is by pursuing a project, that is tailored to each student’s individual interest and goals. Students work on these projects as a group and individually. At the end of the program, S.C.A.R.F. hosts its Annual Scientific Symposium where students present their research projects and the knowledge that they have acquired over the summer.

What Makes S.C.A.R.F.'s Program Stand out?

Students are given the rare opportunity to directly observe and learn from Dr. Paul Nguyen and his team of affiliated doctors, surgeons, NP’s as they diagnose and treats patients. By giving students the opportunity to participate in this program, they get a comprehensive view and understanding into the diagnosis and symptoms of sudden cardiac-arrest and other life threatening cardiovascular threats.

What makes S.C.A.R.F.’s program special, is the individually tailored program we deliver to each and every student based on their interested, hobbies, as well as their short and long term career goals. Whether it’s coaching students on their interviews and applications for college/professional schools, or helping students decide which career path they should choose, at S.C.A.R.F., we believe that each student has unique strengths. We help our students identify and use their strengths to help them overcome challenges. When summer ends, and students return to their normal studies, the partnership between them and S.C.A.R.F. continues. Every summer the S.C.A.R.F. family grows. Each student from the previous summer becomes a S.C.A.R.F. Ambassador, striving to spread awareness of sudden cardiac-death within their own communities and forging new ones based on that awareness. This growing community thrives on interconnectivity and support that the students not only receive from us but themselves give to their peers.

Our Promise To You

The S.C.A.R.F. mentorship program is dedicated to remaining simple and focused in an increasingly complicated world. We promise to provide you…tomorrow's professionals and citizens of the world…with the necessary tools, knowledge, and inspiration to continue to strive towards and achieve every future endeavor you may dream about.

Hear What S.C.A.R.F.'s Students Have to Say

"The experience you receive from being a part of S.C.A.R.F.'s mentoring program is absolutely priceless"

Alina Zabolotico, 22
3rd Year - Algonquin, IL


"The thing about the program is that you can make it what you want. Dr. Nguyen provides not only career guidance, but life guidance as well. The priceless exposure I've recieved from being apart of this program has provided me with early exposure to patient doctor relationships and has shown me the kind of doctor I want to strive to be."

Tarun Yandamuri, 21
3rd Year - Lake In The Hills, IL


"Life is electric. The heart is like the light bulb and the only way to keep it on is to use it well and exercise"

Sophia Nguyen, 12
1st Year - Barrington, IL


"The program is such a great way to get yourself out there. It really guides you on what you want to do and you learn so much along the way. In the future, having experience and background is key"

Samatha Marlow, 17
2nd Year - Barrington, IL


Apply for Summer 2018

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S.C.A.R.F. is now accepting applications for next summer's Mentoring & Career Guidance program.

Deadline to Apply is Dec. 15, 2017
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