High School Student Stanford Summer Internship

The Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center's Stanford Summer Internship is designed to educate high school students considering careers in science and medicine in cardiothoracic surgical anatomy and physiology as well as surgical techniques that will be utilized in pre-medical and medical training.

Curriculum

The Summer Internship is an intensive course for high school students that will provide knowledge of and exposure to basic and advanced cardiothoracic surgery and technical skills (e.g., knot tying, dissection, suturing, coronary artery bypass graft, and cardiac valve replacement). Lectures and laboratory sessions are conducted and supervised by Stanford University faculty, surgical residents and staff. Throughout this course, the emphasis is placed on interactive learning to achieve the following goals:

  1. Understand principles of cardiac and thoracic diseases and surgery
  2. Provide hands-on practice of fundamental surgical skills
  3. Practice key cardiothoracic surgical techniques

Curriculum details

Minimum Age Requirement

Applicants must be at least 16 years of age on the first day of the program. The only exception we make for students below 16 years of age is if they are a junior in high school.

Updated Information for 2023

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sessions in 2020, 2021, and 2022 were conducted online in a virtual format, and students who participated were from various geographic locations.

In Summer 2023 we were hoping to have in-person sessions at Stanford University with lectures in the Medical School classrooms and skills sessions in our Cardiothoracic Surgery Skills Laboratory. Because of concerns regarding student health and safety and the on-going COVID pandemic, we will not sponsor campus housing and will adhere to the health policies of Stanford University. Students who reside in the surrounding area will be given preference in the application process. Students outside the immediate area should indicate that, if accepted, they will arrange for nearby housing along with adult supervision during the Internship. 

Lectures in the classroom are from 9am to 12pm (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday. Skills training exercises in the laboratory will be from 1 pm to 4 pm. There is additional time for tutorials and office hours. Interns are expected to attend all sessions.

How to Apply

Application window: January 9, 2023, to  March 6, 2023 at noon PST (absolutely no extensions, apply early in case you encounter technical difficulties)

Application requirements to be completed online:

1) General information online application

2) Resume/CV (pdf format, uploaded within the online application)

3) Official copy of transcript from your most recent high school (pdf format, uploaded within the online application)

4) Official results of PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores (if available, not required) (pdf format, uploaded within the online application)

5) Short Essay (pdf format, uploaded within the online application): We strongly encourage you to share unique 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 500 words.

6) A minimum of two letters of recommendation (pdf format).
(There are no restrictions as to who can provide a recommendation letter as long as the referee can speak to why the applicant is appropriate for the program.)

7) Application fee of $95 (non-refundable).

For questions about the summer internship, application process, letters of recommendation, or application fee payment, please contact Lucy Neves.

For technical questions about the functioning of the online application or letter of recommendation forms, please contact Danielle deLeon.

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Cost

Application fee: $95 USD (non-refundable)

For Summer 2023, the programs will be held in-person on the Stanford University campus. The program fee is $5,500 USD, which includes daily snacks, lunches, and all necessary educational supplies.

Because of concerns noted above, we will not sponsor campus housing. Students who reside in the surrounding area will be given preference in the application process. Students outside the immediate area should indicate that, if accepted, they will arrange for nearby housing along with adult supervision during the Internship. 

Teaching Facilities

At Stanford University, students attend lectures from 9 am to 12 noon (PST), Monday through Friday. The scope of the lectures ranges from basic cardiothoracic anatomy and physiology to clinical cardiothoracic surgery, including valve surgery, coronary bypass surgery, thoracic aortic surgery, congenital heart surgery, heart transplantation, and lung surgery.

Skills sessions are conducted from 1 pm to 4 pm (PST). We will provide you with instruments, supplies, simulation models, and porcine hearts to be used during the laboratory sessions. The skills sessions are interactive with skills demonstration by the instructor concurrent with feedback to the students regarding their performance.

Scholarship/Financial Aid

We offer scholarships/financial aid for students who show academic excellence but also demonstrate financial need. To be considered for a scholarship/financial aid, 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 requests 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. All documents can be uploaded in pdf format within the online application in the How to Apply section above. Scholarship funds are 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. We strive to make this program more readily accessible to all individuals, including those with less opportunity, through a robust scholarship/financial aid program. Donations above and beyond the program fee are also greatly appreciated, but not required.

Donations can be made online through the Stanford Medicine - Make a Gift website. Under "Your Gift - Direct your gift," in the drop down menu, choose "Other Stanford Designation." Then, in the "Other" field type "Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center." Then continue to fill out the form as instructed. Please do not send application fee or program fee through this webpage.

FAQs

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Important Dates

Application window: January 9, 2023, to  March 6, 2023 at noon PST (absolutely no extensions, apply early in case you encounter technical difficulties)


Notification of application acceptance status will be sent starting: April 3, 2023

Upon acceptance, deadline for tuition payment is June 9, 2023


Summer Internship begin/end dates:

Program 1 begins: June 26, 2023

Last day of Program 1: July 7, 2023


Program 2 begins: July 17, 2023

Last day of Program 2:  July 28, 2023