High School Student Stanford Summer Internship


This course schedule serves as a framework for Programs 1 and 2.
Changes will be made to adapt to student needs, instructors, and/or available resources.
Daily attendance for the full term is required.
Because of the pandemic, each 2020 program was 2 weeks in length and conducted online via Zoom.
For the 2021 programs, it is anticipated at this time that the lectures and skills stations will be conducted online.

Weeks 1 and 2

Curriculum & Outcomes


Lecture Topics: Cardiac Surgery

Biology and Physiology


Electrocardiogram and Stress Testing

Echocardiography and Cardiac Imaging

Cardiopulmonary Bypass

Coronary Artery Disease

Cardiac Valve Disease

Aortic Disease and Surgery

Heart Transplant

Congenital/Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Lecture Topics: Thoracic Surgery

Biology and Physiology


Lung Cancer and Surgery

Esophageal Cancer and Surgery

Technical Skills Sessions

Knot Tying

The student will learn and be proficient with the skill of tying the two-handed knot and the one-handed knot.

Handling of Surgical Instruments

The student will learn how to handle and use surgical instruments, including needle holders, forceps, scissors, and scalpel (#10, #11, #15 blades). Surgical instruments, sutures, and other supplies will be provided.

Incisions and Suturing

The student will learn how to suture surgical incisions using simulated skin model; simple, continuous, mattress and subcuticular sutures. The student will also learn skills used in coronary artery bypass, cardiac valve, and aortic surgery using custom simulators.

Introduction to Porcine Heart Dissection

Dissection of the porcine heart will be demonstrated.