High School Summer Programs

Clinical Anatomy

The Division of Clinical Anatomy offers a two-week summer program for high school seniors and pre-med students considering careers in  procedure-based medical fields, such as surgery, dental surgery, EMTs/paramedics, and nursing. It may also be of interest to students who intend to study biomedical engineering, occupational or physical therapy, sports medicine, medical education or other health-related fields.

Stanford StaRS Program

Science Technology, and Reconstructive Surgery

The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers a 7-week, summer internship for outstanding high school and undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical/biological sciences. This highly-selective program allows students to work on a research project in a given field, exposing them to the latest biochemical, molecular, and analytical techniques. Not your average resume-builder, this opportunity is free to students who are looking to get a head start and hands-on training.

SMASH Academy

SMASH Academy is a free-of-cost, STEM-intensive college preparation program for underrepresented and low-income high school students. Students admitted to this program will spend 5 weeks at Stanford University, where they will engage in STEM coursework, participate in networking activities, and prepare for the college application process. Students spend 3 consecutive summers in this program to gain support throughout high school and connect with long-lasting mentors.

The SMASH Medical Curriculum is comprised of five sessions designed to be interactive and expose the students to a range of healthcare careers. Led by social science researcher Serena Bidwell, our instructors are medical students, residents, faculty, and staff from the Stanford Department of Surgery.

Investigations in Bioscience

Developing New Surgical Technology

We live in a golden age of surgical innovation. New knowledge and techniques allow us to develop and evaluate interventions at a rigor and pace unknown to past generations. New startups regularly spring out of research in university laboratories to change patient care and save lives. This course will position students at this juncture between clinical surgery and emerging technology including robotics, artificial intelligence and synthetic biology. The students will be exposed to the scope, applications, and challenges inherent in developing new surgical tools and innovation. They will hear lectures and participate in technology-assisted surgical simulations with Stanford surgeons and scientists. Diving into real-world case studies, discussing with professionals, and touring Stanford Hospitals and research facilities, will prepare them for their final Shark Tank style project in which they develop and pitch their own innovation.

Investigations in Bioscience is part of Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes, a 3-week summer residential program for students in grades 8–11.