Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center  

High School and Pre-medical Student Stanford Summer Internship


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High school and pre-med students learning how to implant a mechanical heart valve under the direction of Dr. Steve Singh (left)

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Stanford Summer Internship Overview

The Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center Stanford Summer Internship is designed to educate high school and pre-medical students considering careers in science, medicine, and public health in basic and advanced cardiovascular anatomy and physiology as well as medical and surgical techniques that will be utilized in pre-medical and medical school. This program is open to all students worldwide.

Curriculum and Outcomes

Teaching Facilities

All lectures and labs take place in the Project Classrooms at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge--which bring together cutting-edge medicine, modern education, and advanced technology, by design--and the Falk Cardiovascular Research Bldg. Both are located at the Stanford University School of Medicine.


The Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center is a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide premed- and medical school-level education and training to those high school and pre-medical students passionate about the field of cardiothoracic surgery as a potential career. We do require a non-refundable application fee of $195, and, if accepted, there will be a program fee of $6,450. (Light breakfast and lunch are provided. Donations above and beyond the program fee are also greatly appreciated, but not required. Donations can be made online through our secure donation webpage. Please do not send application fee or program fee through this webpage.)

Scholarship/Financial Aid

We also offer scholarships for students who show academic excellence but also demonstrate financial need. To apply for a scholarship, the student must meet one or more of the economic need indicators listed below:

Scholarship/Financial aid requests must be submitted along with the application and must include parents' previous two year's federal and state tax returns for review. Please do not apply for scholarships unless you are truly in financial need. Scholarship funds are very limited, and we want as many students to have access to our program as possible.


Housing is available through Stanford Student Housing. For more information, please contact Grace Ahsan at The cost for Stanford campus housing is $3,000, which includes room, three meals per day per student in the dining hall, and 24/7 supervision for students under the age of eighteen.

Transportation and safety information

Important Dates

Due to overwhelming demand, this program has added a second session to accommodate additional students. Please note that the curriculum for Program 1 and Program 2 are identical, and the application deadline is the same for both programs.

First day to apply for 2015 Stanford summer internship:
September 8, 2014
Early decision application deadline:
December 12, 2014
Early decision notification of acceptance status:
January 16, 2015
Regulation application deadline:
February 13, 2015
Notification of 2015 acceptance status:
March 20, 2015
2015 Summer internship begin/end dates:  
  Program 1 begins:
June 22, 2015
  Last day of Program 1:
July 17, 2015
  Program 2 begins:
July 20, 2015
  Last day of Program 2:
August 14, 2015

Our program is in high demand and has very limited space. Therefore, daily attendance for the full term is non-negotiable (barring any unforeseen emergencies).

How to Apply

NOTE: The minimum age requirement for this internship is sixteen.

Please mail the following items to Grace Ahsan via the contact information listed below.

  1. Application form: 2015 Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills Summer Internship Application Form [881k pdf] - Please print or handwrite clearly in black ink, and please do NOT staple or/and attach any part of your application.
  2. Resume
  3. Official copy of transcript from attending high school or college
  4. Official results of PSAT or SAT score (not required for those students who have not yet taken them)
  5. A minimum of three letters of recommendation. These letters must reach the Admissions Committee Office as soon as possible, and a file is not complete until at least three letters are received. Letters of recommendation must be sent directly from the person making the recommendation to Grace Ahsan via email, fax, or regular postal mail and can arrive separately from the rest of the application.
  6. The Admission committee strongly encourages you to share unique, personally important, 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 no more than 1,000 words.
  7. Describe your reasons for pursuing a spot in the Cardiothoracic Summer Internship in relation to your long-term career goal. Please limit to no more than 1,000 words.
  8. Application fee of $195 (please make the check out to: "Stanford University, Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center")

NOTE REGARDING MEDICAL INSURANCE: Accepted students are required to be covered by their parent’s medical insurance, which will be used if medical care is required. A copy of the student’s current medical plan coverage card must be on file prior to the start of the Summer Internship Program. Parents will be contacted if medical attention is required. This information will be requested only of students who are accepted into the program --- please DO NOT send this in with the initial application.

Grace Ahsan
Program Manager
Stanford University School of Medicine
Falk Cardiovascular Research Bldg.
Dept. of Cardiothoracic Surgery
300 Pasteur Drive CV-015
Stanford, CA 94305-5407
Phone: (650) 725-3836
Fax: (650) 498-8614

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