High School and Pre-medical Student Stanford Summer Internship

The Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center Stanford Summer Internship is designed to educate high school and pre-medical students considering careers in science, medicine, and public health in basic and advanced cardiovascular anatomy and physiology as well as medical and surgical techniques that will be utilized in pre-medical and medical school. This program is open to all students worldwide.

Curriculum

This summer internship is an elective course for high school and pre-med students that will provide exposure to the steps towards mastering basic and advance cardiothoracic surgery (e.g., knot tying, dissection, suturing, coronary artery bypass graft, and aortic valve replacements). Throughout this course, a strong emphasis will be placed on interactive, hands-on learning to achieve the following goals:                                                         

  1. Providing ample hands-on practice of fundamental cardiothoracic surgery skills

  2. Introduce and practice key cardiothoracic surgical procedures

Curriculum details

Minimum Age Requirement

Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. There is no grade requirement and no exceptions to this rule.

How to Apply

Follow one of the two links below to access the 2017 CSSSI online application:

    Early Application

    Regular Application

Application requirements (all to be completed and submitted through the online application):

  1. Application General Information form

  2. Resume/CV

  3. Official copy of transcript from most recent high school or university

  4. Official results of PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores (Not required but highly recommended)

  5. A minimum of three letters of recommendation: There is a designated place in the application allowing you to request recommendation letters through email. The recommendation letter will appear on the online application once submitted by the reference person.

  6. Short Essay #1: The Admission committee strongly encourages you to share unique, personally important, and/or challenging factors in your background, such as the quality of your early educational environment, socioeconomic status, or life or work experiences. Please discuss how such factors have influenced your goals and preparation for a career in medicine. Please limit to no more than 1,000 words.

  7. Short Essay #2: Describe your reasons for pursuing a spot in the Cardiothoracic Summer Internship in relation to your long-term career goal. Please limit to no more than 1,000 words.

  8. Application fee of $195 (collected through the online application via debit or credit card only)

NOTE REGARDING MEDICAL INSURANCE: Accepted students are required to be covered by their parent’s medical insurance, which will be used if medical care is required. A copy of the student’s current medical plan coverage card must be on file prior to the start of the Summer Internship Program. Parents will be contacted if medical attention is required. This information will be requested only of students who are accepted into the program --- please DO NOT send this in with the initial application.

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Cost

The Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center is a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide pre-med and medical school level education and training to those high school and pre-medical students passionate about the field of cardiothoracic surgery as a potential career. We do require a non-refundable application fee of $195 USD, and, if accepted, there will be a program fee of $5,500 USD. (Lunch will be provided daily)

Housing

Housing is available through Stanford Summer Conferences. An abbreviated, on-campus collegiate experience is available to students who require housing as an intern. The cost for Stanford campus housing is $2,595 USD, which includes room, three meals per day per student in the dining hall, and 24/7 Residential Advisor supervision for students under the age of eighteen. Housing necessities such as towels and bedding are available and provided to the students. Weekday entertainment and weekend trips to nearby attractions will be available to all students. To request on-campus housing, please select "Yes" on the general application. For more information, please contact Mikaela Louie at m2louie@stanford.edu.

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Teaching Facilities

All lectures and labs take place at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge—which, by design, bring together cutting-edge medicine, modern education, and advanced technology—and the Falk Cardiovascular Research Bldg. Both are located at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Scholarship/Financial Aid

We offer scholarships for students who show academic excellence but also demonstrate financial need. To be considered for a scholarship, the student must be a U.S. citizen and meet one or more of the economic need indicators listed below:

  • Student's annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the Federal Government.

  • Student is enrolled in a federal, state or local program that aids students from low-income families.

  • Student's family receives public assistance.

  • Student lives in federally subsidized public housing, a foster home or is homeless.

  • Other request from high school principal, high school counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader that explains a student’s financial need.

Scholarship/Financial aid requests must be submitted in a written letter along with the application and must include parents' previous two years federal and state tax returns for review. Scholarship funds are very limited, and we want as many students to have access to our program as possible. Please do not apply for scholarships unless you are truly in financial need.

Donations

Please consider partnering with us to further enhance this summer program. First and foremost, we strive to make this program more readily accessible to all individuals, including those with less opportunity, through a robust scholarship and assistance program. We also wish to expand the scope and impact of the program by adding several new educational modules. Donations above and beyond the program fee are also greatly appreciated, but not required. Please do not send application fee or program fee through this webpage.

Donations can be made online through our secure donation webpage.

FAQs

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Important Dates

First day to apply for 2017 summer internship: 
September 26, 2016


Early decision application deadline: 
December 12, 2016


Early decision notification of acceptance status: 
January 27, 2017


Regulation application deadline: 
February 20, 2017


Notification of 2017 acceptance status:  
March 24, 2017


2017 Summer internship begin/end dates:

Program 1 begins:  June 26, 2017

Housing Check-in:  June 25, 2017

Last day of Program 1:  July 7, 2017

Housing Check-out:  July 8, 2017


Program 2 begins:  July 10, 2017

Housing Check-in:  July 9, 2017

Last day of Program 2:  July 21, 2017

Housing Check-out:  July 22, 2017


Program 3 begins:  July 24, 2017

Housing Check-in:  July 23, 2017

Last day of Program 3August 4, 2017

Housing Check-out:  August 5, 2017