High School & Pre-Medical Student Stanford Summer Internship

Curriculum & Outcomes

This course schedule will serve as the framework for each of the three programs. Changes will be made to adapt to student needs, instructors, and/or available resources. The application deadline is the same for all three programs.
Daily attendance for the full term is non-negotiable
(barring any unforeseen emergencies).

Week 1

- Orientation and Safety Course

- Knot Tying

This week is focused on knot tying. The student is expected to master the two-handed knot and to be introduced to the one-handed knot.

- Instrument Handling Basics

The student is introduced to different ways to hold a needle driver, including "palming" the instruments.

- Introduction to Porcine Heart Dissection

Using the porcine heart, the student is taught how to make an incision, how to hold the scissors and forceps, and how to suture in a vertical fashion and horizontal fashion.

- Aortic Dissection and Thoracic Aortic Vessel Ligation

- Basic Running Suturing

- Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (Distal)

Lecture Topics

- Introduction to Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology

- History of Cardiac Surgery

- Heart and Lung Transplant

- Aortic Valve Sparing Surgery

- Coronary Artery Disease

Week 2

- Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (Proximal and Distal)

- Heart Dissection and Ligation Suturing Practice

- Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

- Aortic Valve Suturing

Students are introduced to more advanced surgical skills and will build on their basic techniques.

- Aseptic Surgery Course

Gowning and gloving

- Aortic Valve Replacement

Mechanical or Biological Valve Implantation

Lecture Topics

- General Surgery and Emergency Surgery

- Echocardiography

- Minimally Invasive Surgery

- History of Congenital Disease and Surgery

- Mitral Valve Surgery