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Michael E. DeBakey Summer Surgery Program

2013 Summer Surgery participants
credit: Scott Holmes

The Michael E. DeBakey Summer Surgery Program encourages the development and interest of well-qualified undergraduate students who are considering a medically oriented career.

The program provides students with an opportunity to work with faculty, surgical residents, medical students, and nurses in various teaching hospitals.

Students become familiar with the hospital environment, the operating room, and the lifestyle of a surgeon. They are expected to become an integral part of their surgical teams by participating in rounds, surgery, and conferences.

Students selected for the eight-week program which begins in the middle of June are assigned a surgery faculty mentor who they work closely with during the program.


Each participant is also assigned a surgery faculty member at a specific institution: Ben Taub HospitalBaylor St. Luke's Medical CenterThe Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Houston Methodist, or Texas Children's Hospital. The faculty members practice General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Vascular Surgery, or Cardiothoracic Surgery.

The students begin each day with early morning rounds. Most mornings are spent in the operating room, with clinic and/or conferences in the afternoon. Although night call is not expected, long hours are not unusual.

Participants begin the program with an extensive orientation, including an anatomy course and an orientation on "scrubbing in" and sterile technique.