Stanford Anesthesia Summer Institute (SASI) Presents

Science, Technology and Medicine Summer Program

Inspiring compassionate careers in science, technology and medicine

An inspirational summer enrichment program

Explore careers in science, technology and medicine

Are you a high school or college student with a passion for health care and curiosity about the field of anesthesia, health care technology, science-related careers or medical education?

Our two-week summer program is designed for high school and pre-medical undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in medicine, STEM, medical research and development, or health care design, with a specific focus on medicine, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine. 

The program provides a broad overview of health care, classes around the intersection of science, technology and medicine, hands-on experience with anesthesia skills, and mentorship from Stanford medical students and faculty to foster career development in the health professions. The program also focuses on compassion in health care, with numerous ePatient faculty and a capstone project focused on co-creation with patients.

You will have the opportunity to interact with attending physicians, residents, medical students and medical school admissions officers from Stanford University. Whether you are just beginning to explore the idea of a career in science, technology and medicine or have already begun the journey–I'm confident our program will provide a solid foundation toward your pathway to success.

Larry Chu, MD
Program Director
Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine

"The program offers many opportunities to connect with professionals and ePatients with exposure and expertise not only in anesthesiology, but in global health, biotechnology, and other areas. Students can find mentors that can invaluably inform their career choices, offer unique opportunities and insight in the medical industry, and career building advice beyond high school and undergraduate studies."

~Rafael Ricon, 2018 Graduate with Distinction

Important Dates

  • Early Decision Application Deadline: January 31, 2019
  • Early Decision Notification of Acceptance Status: February 25, 2019
  • Early Decision Tuition and Forms Due: April 15, 2019
  • Standard Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
  • Standard Notification of Acceptance Status: March 30, 2019
  • Standard Decision Tuition and Forms Due: April 29, 2019
  • Session 1: June 17 - June 28, 2019
  • Session 2: July 29 - August 9, 2019

A curriculum grounded in the anesthesia sciences

A rigorous two-week program led by Stanford faculty

Our two-week curriculum begins with a broad overview of health care, framed within the perspective of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine. In the first week our students receive an introduction to the principles of the health care system, patient-centered care, and physiology of major organ systems. Concepts of technology, particularly digital health and emerging technologies and their potential application to meet gaps in the health care system are also introduced.

Students also begin working on capstone projects with teams, in co-production with Medicine X ePatient mentors. In the second week, our students apply their foundational learnings to clinical medical practice through BLS certification training, and immersive learning sessions in obstetric anesthesia, regional anesthesia, simulation and crisis management in medicine. The program concludes with a formal presentation of capstone projects to a panel of esteemed scholars.

An immersive Stanford learning experience

Unique hands-on experiences at the Stanford School of Medicine

Students in our 2018 program practicing intubation in a medicine lab.


  • Perform intubations and IV placements in a state-of the-art simulation lab.
  • Master airway anatomy using high-fidelity simulators and virtual reality.
  • Observe anesthesiologists providing patient care in a clinical setting.
  • Collaborate in a team environment to address a simulated airway emergency.

Our students participate in classroom teaching on our Stanford campus.


  • Simulation sessions held at Stanford's Center for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning & Veterans Health Administration Simulation Center.
  • Daily educational sessions - didactics led by Anesthesia experts, problem-based-learning exercises, medical career workshops, design charettes, medical education media creation, and more.
  • Tour Stanford facilities housing the latest innovations in health care, including 3D bioprinters and robotic surgical systems.

Instagrammable moments

Highlights from our past summer sessions worthy of social media

Diverse faculty expertise

Leading experts in science, technology, patient partnership and clinical medicine

Personal stories of growth and success

Students and parents from our program share their personal stories of impact


Anesthesiology and patient leaders

Summer student Brandon Deras-Guerra talks about how the summer program opened his eyes to a career in anesthesiology and the power of the patient voice in medicine.


Gaining empathy, respect and trust

Summer student Ziyan Peng talks about the faculty she met in our summer program, including expert patient faculty, who gave her a deeper understanding of empathy, respect and trust.

Our program at a glance

Program Details

  • Tuition: $4200
  • Scholarships are available to students who demonstrate financial need
  • High achieving students may receive a letter of completion at the discretion of Program Director, Dr. Larry Chu
  • The program does not offer on-campus housing
  • Session 1: June 17 - June 28, 2019
  • Session 2: July 29 - August 9, 2019

Program Eligibility

  • You are a current sophomore, junior or senior in high school or an undergraduate in college (you must be 16 years old at the start of the program)
  • You have demonstrated an interest in science, health care or medicine and are looking for an opportunity to learn more skills and increase your knowledge

  • Application is required ($100 application fee. The application fee may be waived for students who demonstrate financial need.)

How to Apply

  •  Submit an online application form with the following:
    - 2 Short Essay Questions
    - Resume
    - Official copies of transcripts from the last two years of school
    - Application Fee of $100, payable online with credit card
  • Recommendations from 2 teachers or mentors as part of your online application (at least 1 from a science teacher)
  • Early Decision Form : Due January 31, 2019
  • Standard Decision Form : Due March 1, 2019


Frequently asked questions

Get in Touch

Our program faculty and staff are available for questions

Larry Chu, MD

Program Director

Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine

Kathie Paul Wilkerson

Program Development

Program Development, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine

Submit an online request

If you have any questions about the Summer Program, the best way to reach out is to submit an online request.

Contact information

Stanford Anesthesia Informatics and Media (AIM) Lab

2370 Watson Court, Suite 235, MC 5352

Palo Alto, California 94303