Thursday, April 21, 2016

Now Accepting Applications: High School Summer Surgery Program

The Department of Urology is once again hosting its Summer Surgery Program for high school students. This program allows students to gain hands-on experience in the fields of surgery and medicine. We aim to ignite a passion in our future leaders by providing unmatched exposure to surgical care delivery right here at our world-class institution. This summer, the UC Irvine Department of Urology is offering two, two-week sessions for mature high school students at least 16 years old who have excelled academically. Space is limited to 24 students per session.

Session dates:
Session I: July 11 to July 22, 2016
Session II: July 25 to Aug. 5, 2016 (room and board available for out-of-town/international students)

Applications will be accepted beginning March 1, 2016.
Spots fill quickly, so don't wait to apply!

If your son or daughter is interested in the program, please visit our website for more information: UC Irvine Health, Summer Surgery Program
You may also contact Program Director Kate Bergin at 714-456-6047 or

“Summer Surgeons,” or the talented high school students who qualify for our 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, a four-story center that includes a full-scale operating room, emergency room trauma bay, obstetrics suite and critical care unit 
  • Perform in-depth fetal pig dissection with an emphasis on the types of surgical cases the students will see in the operating room 
  • Interact and learn with a highly motivated team of surgical faculty, medical students and undergraduate students at all levels of training. 
Given the intimacy of the program and 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.

To apply for UC Irvine’s Summer Surgery Program, students must be at least 16 years old, have a minimum GPA of 3.5, and be currently enrolled in high school (2016 senior graduates welcome).

Click here to apply to the Summer Surgery Program