Michael E. Debakey Summer Program, BCM Department of Surgery

Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX.
Type Academic Enrichment, Basic Science Research, Clinical Research


The Michael E. DeBakey Summer Surgery Program familiarizes the student with hospital and operating room environments as well as time management skills. Students selected for this eight-week program will be assigned to a surgery faculty mentor who they will work closely with by participating in their surgical service activities at one of the following hospitals: Ben Taub HospitalBaylor St. Luke’s Medical Center or Texas Children’s Hospital. The mentors will include faculty members from the following surgical services: General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Vascular Surgery, or Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Students are introduced to the fundamentals of a surgical practice and will have the opportunity to acquire skills used in the evaluation and treatment of surgical conditions. Perioperative evaluation, operative principles, and post-operative care are emphasized. Functioning as a sub-intern on a busy surgery service, students work with faculty, residents, medical students, nurses, and administrative personnel. The student is expected to become an integral part of the team by participating in rounds, operative cases, patient care, and conferences.

Students participating in the program can anticipate beginning their days at 6 a.m. and leaving the hospital around 6 p.m. While weekends are not expected, students are able to take a night shift at Ben Taub Hospital. Typically, each day begins with early morning rounds. Most mornings are spent in the operating room, with clinic and/or conferences in the afternoon. All participants will observe surgery during the length of the program. While most participants are allowed to scrub into cases, students should not expect to do so. Didactics are held throughout the eight-weeks on various topics which could include medical school admissions, information on surgical subspecialties, and surgical skills lab sessions.

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Surgery Education Office
One Baylor Plaza, Suite 404D
Houston, TX 77030
Email: MEDstudentprogram@bcm.edu
Phone: (713) 798-6078