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Reconstructive Surgery

One-Week Summer Medicine Program

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Would you like to give someone a second chance at a normal life? This is what plastic and reconstructive surgeons do every day. From infants born with a cleft palate and lip, to survivors of car accidents suffering severe craniofacial trauma, to burn victims with disfiguring scars, reconstructive surgeons make the transformations that can allow individuals to carry on with everyday life. Reconstructive surgeons find themselves at the interface of other surgical specialties. They may address disfigurements left by cancer treatment or reduce scars left by surgical procedures. Appearance augmentation procedures such as liposuction, face lifts, and body contouring also fall under the purview of cosmetic surgeons.

This program will focus on reconstructive surgery, which is defined as plastic surgery that is medically indicated and needed to improve dysfunctional body parts. Students will spend hours in the lab practicing their surgical knot tying skills, completing dissections on synthetic tissue, and studying human anatomy at a level beyond high school science. They will study situational needs for reconstructive surgery, such as post-cancer corrective procedures as the final round of treatment, microsurgery to connect detached limbs, and the most effective methods for closing an open wound. They will also study the increasing popularity of specialized burn centers, which regenerate a patient’s skin following second or third degree burns.  

This one-week summer program is designed for teens interested in pre-med.

Students do a mock-surgery in the Reconstructive Surgery three-week medical program


June 24 – 28, 2024 | Olin/Wellesley, MA

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Reconstructive surgeons must also work with fellow specialists to provide the best care possible. They may develop skin flaps following an invasive surgery, correct complications during procedures such as C-sections, or travel with humanitarians and programs such as Doctors Without Borders to developing countries to correct patient deformities. Students will dive into the various ways a career in reconstructive surgery would allow them to contribute to the medical community.

Instructor: Alessandro Tagliavia

Mr. Tagliavia is a graduate student at Tufts University, earning his Masters of Biomedical Sciences. He received his Master’s of Public Health from Boston University after earning his undergraduate degree from Boston College, where he was captain of the rowing team. He is currently a Research Assistant in the Department of Anesthesia at Mass General Hospital. 

Students do an experiment in the Reconstructive Surgery three-week summer medical program

Student Comments from Summer 2023

‘In this program we expanded on our knowledge of anatomy, physiology, vocabulary, and surgical procedures. I enjoyed the curriculum and never found myself bored.’
I learned A LOT this week! Mr. Garcia was very clear during his lectures and gave wonderful guidance during labs. NO one was pressured to do anything they were uncomfortable with. This program definitely piqued my interest in medical school and entering a career in healthcare!’
I really enjoyed this course and learned a lot. My favorite part was doing the skin graft on the fetal pig and everything was taught in a way that was easy to understand.’
I really liked the program. It was very fun. My teacher was very nice. He made sure that everyone else was confident with what we just learned and helped us understand if we had any confusion.’

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