Surgical Scholars Program

Surgical Scholars Program


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Department of Surgery is launching a competitive program designed to provide research experience for post-baccalaureate or gap year students interested in pursuing an academic career in medicine. Applicants will be selected for this one-year program that will introduce selected scholars to clinical surgical research or translational/basic science research. The Surgical Scholars will work closely with an individual surgeon or a surgical research team for ongoing investigations. Activities include:

  • Collecting clinical data for databases, performing literature searches related to research projects, and analyzing data; and
  • Assisting in the preparation of research findings for posters, abstracts and manuscripts.

Students can also learn about the process of clinical research including submissions to the Institutional Review Board (IRB), as well as the screening process and eligibility requirements. There will be opportunities to attend Department of Surgery lectures, teaching sessions and other scientific lectures.


Each Surgical Scholar is expected to complete at least one independent project that is developed in collaboration with the faculty mentor and submitted for presentation at a national meeting. The student will be encouraged to assist or take the lead in writing a manuscript of his/her research project.


Application Deadline is February 1 and decisions will be announced March 15.

Length of Program

One Year


Surgical Scholars are one year positions that typically begin on July 1 and run through June 30 of the following year.  Surgical Scholars are paid Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center employees. Requirements for application include:

  • 500 word maximum personal statement that should include reason for interest in our program and anticipated goals,
  • Curriculum Vitae,
  • college transcript; and
  • 2 letters of reference from college or post-bac professors.

Once applications are received, a list of potential projects available will be listed for students. Each student will rank their top 3 choices. Following this, faculty members will review applications received and rank students to result in a match.

How to Apply

Email your application material (personal statement, CV, official college transcript, and 2 letters of reference) to the Surgical Education Office at [email protected].

Program Director and Vice Chair of Surgery

Vivian E. Strong, MD, FACS

Email: [email protected]


Surgical Education Office
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 212-639-7537