Surgical Interventions Course - EXPLO

Surgical Interventions

Identify and diagnose diseased and injured bodily structures like bones, and use the latest technology to design, construct, and surgically create solutions.

Simulate a clogged artery, engineer an aortic valve, and build a reconstructive device to heal a broken bone. In this course, identify and diagnose diseased and injured bones, and use the latest technology to design, construct, and surgically create solutions. Work with specimens that simulate human illnesses and injuries, perform animal dissections, use medical illustration techniques to prototype solutions, create scale models to make sure that they’re viable, and implant the device into the specimens you’ve dissected. Get hands on with surgical techniques—from how to hold a scalpel to how to correctly pierce each layer of tendon or tissue—and work through digital simulations to prepare for dissections and surgeries. Your ability to wield a scalpel can determine whether you become a surgeon. Your ability to collaborate with others and to keep your head cool under pressure can determine whether you become a great one.

Optional: EXPLO offers a variety of special sessions that include the EMT Training Center facilities in New Haven, where our aspiring surgical students engage in hands-on activities that help prepare them for the medical profession. To further your exploration of surgical interventions, you may sign up for these trips once you are at the program.

Note: Students may not enroll in both the Surgical Interventions course and the Surgical Interventions workshop.

Who Should Take This Course?

Are you considering a career in medicine? If so, welcome to this crash course in the practice of surgery that’s designed to help you get a taste of the life as a practicing surgeon. You’ll get up to speed on the latest medical innovations and practice problem-solving in the lab by performing simulated surgeries on a variety of specimens. Students with an interest in medicine, science, surgery, or anatomy and physiology will enjoy this course.

Advisors + Past Speakers

  • Dr. Christian Arbelaez, Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, Department of Emergency Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Dr. Marc Tetel, Neuroscience Professor + Program Director, Wellesley College
  • Dr. Ellen Roche, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering + Medical Engineering Science, MIT
  • Dr. Andrew Eyre, Emergency Department Physician, Brigham and Women's + Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Dr. Daniel Kosoy, Transplant Surgeon + Principal, KMD Medical Group
  • Dr. Jason Lazar, Cardiologist + Clinical Assistant Dean, SUNY Downstate

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Course Highlights

  • Career Exploration

    You’ll connect with a range of medical professionals and will have many hands-on opportunities to explore options in the field of medicine generally, and surgery specifically.

  • Surgical Techniques

    Learn how to make proper incisions and suture them once finished. Embrace innovation as you plan your surgical procedure. If you don’t have what you need, how will you improvise? Explore minimally invasive techniques like laparoscopic surgery.

  • Device Implantation

    Place a stent in a simulated clogged artery or reinforce a shattered femur. Using available tools and resources, design and insert a device that successfully repairs a patient’s ailment.

  • Reconstructive Surgery

    The mark of a brilliant surgeon is being able to repurpose and repair medical emergencies to maximize patients’ quality of living. Find yourself racing to reconstruct vital organs like the heart’s aorta to save a life. Are you up for the challenge?

Surgical Interventions is a really fun course that tests both my thinking skills and my motor skills. It opened my eyes to how complicated the body is and what it takes to make it work.

Advisors + Past Speakers

Dr. Christian Arbelaez

Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, Department of Emergency Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Dr. Christian Arbelaez is the Vice Chair of Academic Affairs at Brown Emergency Medicine at Rhode Island, Hasbro Children’s, The Miriam, and Newport Hospitals. He is an Associate Professor at The Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Arbelaez is an internationally renowned and recognized innovative leader and expert in international emergency care delivery systems and public health and policy who has worked to improve the international emergency care delivery and public health systems in more than 10 countries with a focus in Latin America.

Dr. Marc Tetel

Neuroscience Professor + Program Director, Wellesley College

Dr. Marc Tetel is the Dorothy and Charles Jenkins, Jr. Distinguished Professor at Wellesley College. Tetel’s research areas include neuroendocrinology, estrogen and progestin action, and brain and behavior. Dr. Tetel directs the Neuroscience Department at Wellesley and teaches at all levels within the program.

Dr. Ellen Roche

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering + Medical Engineering Science, MIT

Dr. Ellen Roche is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Medical Engineering Science at MIT. Roche’s research has focused on new approaches to cardiac device design. Her lab has strong collaborations with surgeons and interventionists from local hospitals who provide input into the device design process.

Dr. Andrew Eyre

Emergency Department Physician, Brigham and Women's + Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Andrew Eyre is an attending physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and an instructor in emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School. After graduating from the University of Vermont’s Medical School and completing a residency in emergency medicine, Dr. Eyre pursued postdoctoral training in medical simulation at Brigham and Women’s STRATUS Center, one of the nation’s premier simulation facilities, and earned his degree in Health Professions Education from Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Daniel Kosoy

Transplant Surgeon + Principal, KMD Medical Group

Dr. Daniel Kosoy is President of KMD Medical Group, which provides contract surgical services in transplantation and general surgery as well as consultation regarding medical and biotechnology investing and entrepreneurship. Kosoy is also a transplant surgeon at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, California.

Dr. Jason Lazar

Cardiologist + Clinical Assistant Dean, SUNY Downstate

Dr. Jason Lazar is Professor of Medicine, Neurology, Public Health, Molecular & Cell Biology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. There, Lazar is also the Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology and the Director of the Cardiology fellowship program. Dr. Lazar’s research interests include brain-heart interactions, arterial stiffness, the epidemiology of coronary heart disease in women, in high-risk populations, and health disparities.