High school students invited to apply for 2016 UC Irvine Summer Surgery Program

Unique opportunity for exposure to surgical practices and hands-on training

February 25, 2016

The UC Irvine Health Department of Urology is hosting its annual summer surgery program for high school students at UC Irvine Medical Center. This unique two-week program offers students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of surgery and medicine.

“Summer Surgeons, or the talented students who qualify for our program, are our future leaders,” said Dr. Jaime Landman, chairman of the department of urology. “This program exposes them to the fascinating world of modern medicine, and the career possibilities that will ignite their passion.”

Now in its fifth year, the popular program has attracted students from as far away as Canada and Hong Kong. Each session is two weeks, and space is limited to 24 students per session. Room and board is available for out-of-town and international students.

Applications will be accepted beginning March 1. Session dates are:

  • Session I:  July 11 – July 22
  • Session II: July 25 – Aug. 5

Applicants must be at least 16 years old, have a minimum GPA of 3.5, be currently enrolled in high school, or a 2016 senior graduate. Summer Surgeons who qualify for the program will have the opportunity to:

  • Observe live surgical cases
  • Gain hands-on experience with our state-of-the-art da Vinci robot
  • Learn actual surgical skills in open, laparoscopic and robotic surgery through surgical skills workshops
  • Become proficient and certified in Basic Life Support Training and CPR
  • Work in the UC Irvine Medical Education Simulation Center that includes a full-scale operating room, emergency room trauma bay, obstetrics suite and critical care unit
  • Perform in-depth dissection with an emphasis on the types of surgical cases the students will see in the operating room
  • Interact with and learn from a highly motivated team of surgical faculty, medical students and undergraduate students at all levels of training

Given the breadth of exposure to surgical training and the hands-on nature of the instruction, tuition is $3,950 per student or $5,250 with room and board. A 10 percent discount is available for applicants related to any UC Irvine employee. Apply to the Summer Surgery Program.

Parents and students interested in learning more about the program may visit UC Irvine Health Department of Urology Summer Surgery Program, or contact program director Kate Bergin at 714-456-6047 or at kbergin@uci.edu.

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