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Biomedical & Surgical Research

Three-Week Summer Medicine Program 2024

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The Biomedical and Surgical Research program brings anatomy to life through discussion and practice of surgical procedures. From case studies and lectures to mock surgical procedures, students spend three weeks learning what it takes to be a surgeon.

Last summer, students learned how to tie surgical knots during the first few days of the program. Once they honed these skills, they focused on the body systems and specific surgical procedures. They then explored the circulatory and respiratory systems, performing mock surgeries and blood pressure analysis using a cuff and stethoscope. 

Students then focused on the nervous and skeletal systems, performing a complete cranial nerve exam and completing deep tendon reflex exams on each other. This unit included spinal cord dissection, cataract surgery, and more. Following these systems, students moved onto the digestive system, researching and presenting their personal research on diseases and treatments. This unit contains the most complex mock surgeries, with students applying their knowledge to a mock gastric bypass procedure. 

Year after year, students who delay in applying find the program is sold out. Complete your application today! 

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

Session 1: June 24 – July 12, 2024 | Boston 

Session 2: July 1 – 19, 2024  | Olin/Wellesley, MA

Session 3: July 15 – August 2, 2024  | Boston 

Remote: July 8- 19, 2024 | 11:00am – 4:00pm EST on Zoom

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Students do medical research in the Biomedical and Surgical Research three-week summer program
Students do an experiment in the Biomedical and Surgical Research three-week summer medicine program

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.

For example, students may learn about emergency room situations where a trauma patient is bleeding to death.  They may learn techniques to stop 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.  

Students 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.

Looking for more?  Check out Oncology and Emergency Medicine for more heart racing, hands on medical programs at the Boston Leadership Institute. 

Biomedical and Surgical Research Students

Field Trips

In the past, students have engaged in hands-on surgery simulations 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, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Students have taken field trips to the Northeastern University simulation labs where they learned and practiced 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.

NOTE: COVID will impact field trips. We cannot guarantee any given field trip will run as in past years or at all.

S1 & S3 Instructor: Jeff Robin

Dr. Robin earned his 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.

(Partial) S2 Instructor: Alli DiPietro

Ms. Dipietro is a medical student at UMass Chan Medical School on the PURCH track. PURCH stands for Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health. This program follows the core UMass Chan Medical School curriculum with an added focus on population health and healthcare disparities. Before entering medical school, Ms. DiPietro graduated from The College of William & Mary with a degree in Biology and Public Health. She has worked as a COVID research assistant and a medical assistant in the Kenmore Cardiology Department during her undergraduate and postgraduate careers. 

(Partial) S2 Instructor: Autumn Burton

Autumn is a graduate of Columbia University’s Teachers College.  She spent six years as the Head of Middle School Science at the Chapin School, one of the most elite private schools in Manhattan. Autumn has a deep history with BLI, having assisted and taught more programs than almost any other BLI teacher. 

Autumn Becker poses with students

Student Comments from Summer 2023

I really enjoyed this program because of how hands-on it was. Dr. Jeff did a great job of entertaining while educating. I learned a lot about medicine and surgery, a career I hope to pursue. I also was able to improve upon my public speaking and presentation skills. Dr. Jeff was truly invested in teaching us new material and knowledge. He made sure that each one of us found the material interesting and engaging.’

The program was very well-organized and interesting as well as Dr. Jeff. he had a way of teaching that was both informative and engaging, while also leaving room for fun. The weekly presentations also allowed us to understand diseases/infections while connecting information to what we were learning in class. I also found the dissections to be very engaging and unique. Dr. Jeff is a great teacher!’

This was a great summer experience. I especially enjoyed the afternoon dissections like the fetal pig, cow eye and heart. It was very informative and Dr. Jeff was the best. He made learning about each disease fun and created a great learning environment. When he taught, it was very easy to follow and comprehend, and not boring at all. The field trips were also super fun and enjoyable.’

Student Comments (Continued)

Overall, Dr. Jeff was an excellent and knowledgeable teacher with great humor. His instructions during the cool labs and mock surgeries were clear and easy to follow. I especially enjoyed the mock cataract surgery on the cow eye and kidney removal in the pig. I loved being able to work with organs of various animals and the level of independence we were entrusted with when working with them. Presentations were great practice for public speaking.’

I loved how involved the program was as soon as we got there. I learned about different diseases and how to treat them, as well as different surgeries. Dr. Jeff was an amazing and funny teacher. He really understood us and cared for us.’

I learned so much more than I thought I would. Dr. Jeff always made the class fun and intriguing. I really enjoyed the competitive aspects; they made the class a lot of fun. There was also so much more hands-on experience than I could have expected.’

Only have time for a one-week pre-med program? Check out Intro to Surgery, Anatomy, Primary Care, Reconstructive Surgery, Pathology Lab or Intro to Sports Medicine!

Rising middle school? Get hands-on experience now with Mini Med School programs!

Note: This page represents our best expectations for the program we will deliver, but is subject to change. We will update this page as new information becomes available.

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