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Biomedical & Surgical Research

Three-Week Summer Medicine Program

"Best Summer Camps and Programs for teens" - ParentMap, 2018

The Biomedical and Surgical Research Program brings anatomy to life through discussion and practice of surgical procedures.  Lectures and activities showcase the anatomy of systems such as the heart and circulatory system.  Case studies and lectures are used to overview both emergency room and planned surgical procedures for that system.  In the laboratory, students learn how to tie surgical knots as well as suture incisions on models of skin. Students apply these newly learned skills to complete mock surgeries that mimic various real-world surgical procedures.

This program is perfect for teens looking for a pre-college medical program and for those thinking of pursuing pre-med, or are otherwise interested in careers as a physician, surgeon, MD, or working in an ER or hospital.

Year after year students who delay in applying find the program is sold out, so complete your application today. Join the mailing list at the very least so we don’t fall off your radar.

This is a competitive admissions summer research program designed for teens.

Students participate in a mock-surgery in the Biomedical and Surgical Research three-week summer program

This Program Sold Out Last Summer

Session 1: June 24th – July 12th
Longwood Medical – Boston, MA


Session 3: July 15th – August 2nd
Longwood Medical – Boston, MA
Going, Going…

Session 2: July 1st – July 19th
Dana Hall – Wellesley, MA
Going, Going…

As an example, students may learn about emergency room situations where a trauma patient is bleeding to death.  They may learn techniques for stopping the bleeding and how to use imaging and diagnostic tests to determine whether cracked ribs have punctured the heart wall and, if so, when to operate.  They may learn about heart disease and bypass surgery as well how to implant a pacemaker.  During their labs on the topic, they may implant a mock pacemaker using a real cow heart. The goal is to provide students with the feeling of what it is like to be a surgeon by working on mammalian organs as well as fetal pig specimens.  In the classroom, students may research diseases that can be treated with surgical procedures and will develop their own original research project.

Field Trips

Our students have engaged in hands-on simulations of surgery using the model emergency room furnished with actual machines used to monitor blood pressure, heart beat and breathing as well as realistic lights, instruments, operating table and so on.  Students have also visited the museum of medicine at Harvard and toured the famous Longwood Medical Area, seeing Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Students will go to the critically-acclaimed Body Worlds and the Cycle of Life exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Science. The theme of the Body Worlds exhibitions changes every few years. They are the world’s most popular touring attraction, having been seen by 47 million people globally. This expansive 10,000 square foot exhibition has only two US stops before moving on to Canada and various European cities. Students will also be able to see the world-famous Museum of Science on their visit.

One of the scheduled field trip this year will take students to the Northeastern University simulation labs. Students will learn and practice surgical techniques and other emergency room protocols.

Other past field trips have included tours of Mass General Hospital’s Ether Dome and interactive experiences at the Museum of Science. These field trips serve as a way for students to learn from some of the best medical researchers in the country and to understand real world applications of the principles they learn in our classes.
Ken Bateman poses with his students in front of the MIT museum

Ken Bateman

Mr. Bateman is currently a biology teacher at Wellesley High School – a top ranked high school in Massachusetts. He has taught at WPS since 2006. He graduated from Hamilton College and received his MS in biology and MEd from the University of Massachusetts. Mr. Bateman has extensive teaching experience. Before WPS, he taught at Lexington High School and the Hillsdale School. Additionally, he has lab work experience as a lab technician at two cancer research labs at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas. When not in the classroom or lab, Mr. Bateman can be found hiking or traveling.

Jeff Robin

Jeffrey Robin earned Bachelors degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology before earning his MD from SUNY Upstate Medical School. After earning his Masters in Education, Jeff began teaching at top-ranked Wellesley High School. He is highly interested in how disease processes affect human physiology and how surgical procedures aim to correct these abnormal processes.

Jeff Robin teaches students about the human skeleton
Students pose while wearing lab coats in the Biomedical and Surgical Research three-week summer program

Student Comments

“The program let me explore different aspects of the broad surgical field. It was eye opening and very fun at the same time. The teachers were all experienced and are very detailed in their instruction. They are also very friendly, personable and fun to be with. All the dissections and surgeries were definitely a highlight.”

“I really liked all the surgeries we were able to do and all of the research we did in class. The teacher was very active and engaged with the students. If anyone needed help you could go to him and he wouldn’t leave until you completely understood everything.”

“I like the lectures and how informative and specific they were. Lectures about the heart, lungs, circulatory system, digestive system, nervous system and diseases. The teachers were kind and knowledgeable and helpful. Dissecting the hearts, lungs and pig fetus and such was a very fun experience. I really liked the MIT cancer research presentation.”

BioSTEM Award, 2018, J&J • Top Summer Science Program, 2011-2019, NY Times/ • Top Robotics Program, 2017, RoboLoco • Best Medicine Program, 2018, ParentMap • Top Biomedical Engineering, •
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