Science, Technology and Medicine Summer Program

Stanford Anesthesia Summer Institute

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Encouraging compassionate careers in health care and technology

A Rigorous 2-week Program in Health Technology

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 (Summer 2019 dates to be announced) 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. 

Led by Stanford Faculty & Staff

This summer program will provide clinical observation opportunities, hands-on experience with anesthesia skills, and mentorship from Stanford medical students and faculty to foster career development in the health professions.

Interact with attending physicians, residents, medical students and medical school admissions officers from Stanford University.

Choose from a range of internship tracks and mentored capstone projects: Clinical, Medical Education, or Research.


1. Certify

Earn your BLS certificate this summer

Our basic life support (BLS) course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an AED. Earn your certificate in BLS through the Stanford STM Program!

2. Observe

Observe health care technology at work

 Get advice about navigating the application process for medical school from current medical students and resident physicians. Our Stanford STM Summer Program students also benefit from observership opportunities within the department of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Stanford University.

*Individual student opportunities will vary depending on clinical opportunities and timing.

3. Create

Create a health care capstone project

Our Stanford faculty and staff will provide students with mentored opportunities to pursue capstone projects in a variety of tracks that include clinical certificates, medical education or scientific research. All tracks are fun and exciting ways to enhance your summer experience.


Outstanding Capstone Projects from our 2017 Class

2017 Program Graduates with Distinction

The following students completed capstone projects from our program. Based on their overall work in our program, our Stanford faculty selected these individuals for special recognition with distinction.

  • Patricia Margaret Victoria, Philippines
  • Iaisha Sadat, California
  • Michelle Li, Canada
  • QiHan Zhao, New York
  • Anika Padala, California
  • Ujwal Srivastava, California
  • Juhee Vyas, Georgia
  • Rachel Zhang, Indiana

Capstone projects are an opportunity for students in the Science, Technology and Medicine program to work with Stanford faculty in the School of Medicine on a scholarly project. The opportunity allows them to utilize critical thinking, research skills and creative problem solving to inspire their interest in a career in science or medicine.

The capstone videos above were produced by our students during their two-week summer program experience at Stanford. Working under the mentorship of our program faculty, Dr. Larry Chu, students researched medical topics and produced these videos to share their knowledge on a variety of medical topics with the greater public.

The Science, Technology and Medicine program offers the capstone project as an optional opportunity. *An additional research and lab fee may be required for capstone projects.


The Stanford Science, Technology and Medicine summer program proud to share some of the outstanding accomplishments of students who have graduated from our program. Please read below to learn more about these diverse individuals and their achievements since graduating from our program.

Iaisha Sadat wins National Ashoka Youth Challenge

Iaisha Sadat, a 20 year old Santa Clara University student and 2017 graduate of the Stanford Science, Technology and Medicine summer program was recently selected as one of only 25 students from around the United States to participate in the Ashoka Youth Challenge at this year's Stanford University Medicine X conference.

Competing against teams from around the world, Iaisha and her team worked over the course of three days to develop a proposal to address health disparaties by proposing a system that would help patients access culturally appropriate health care using a technology platform that would help match patients to the right providers.

Ms. Sadat and her team were honored on the main stage of Medicine X and gave a short presentation over the global Medicine X livestream which each year is the most-discussed health care conference in the world on social media.


Highlights from our program


Learn more about our program and meet our students and staff





Gain Hands-on Experience

  • 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.

Visit World-Renowned Stanford Facilities

  • 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.
  • Opportunity to observe clinical Anesthesia, Perioperative, and Pain medicine in a high-functioning hospital.
  • Open to junior and senior high-school and undergraduate college students (must be 16 years old at start of program). Students entering their junior year in Fall 2019 are eligible.
  • 50 applicants will be accepted, 25 each for AM & PM sessions for each session.
  • Application required ($100 application fee, see "How to Apply")
  • Tuition $4000
  • Scholarships available to students who demonstrate financial need. Email to request application fee waiver available for OHSU referrals.
  • Health clearance, parental consent, and legal forms required for hospital observation experience. Students must be at least 18 years old for hospital clinical observation experiences.

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