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Most medical students have limited awareness of the specialty of Thoracic Surgery by the time they are deciding on their residency. The Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Thoracic Surgery Service Summer Scholars Program is a long-running program designed to provide significant exposure to this specialty. Medical students (second-year and beyond) can participate in this eight-week clinical and research program that allows them to:

  • Attend prestigious conferences
  • Complete and present a research project that is generally a case series of thoracic surgical patients
  • Experience patient rounds
  • Scrub in on thoracic operations

Occasionally, students also have the opportunity to publish their research. Mass General will provide a stipend to participants in this program; however, students are encouraged to apply for additional funding from organizations such as the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS).

Application Requirements

In order to be considered as an applicant, you must be:
  • Entering your second year of medical school (i.e. students who have completed their first year of medical school and are heading into their second year)
  • A United States resident

Additional Information

  • The program duration is six-eight weeks during the summer
  • Housing is not provided

How to Apply

Please send letter of interest and curriculum vitae via email to:

Morrill Whittemore
Thoracic Surgery
Massachusetts General Hospital

The deadline for application is January 19, 2020.