Kadoorie Cardiovascular Internship



The 2023 Kadoorie Program Interns

The Kadoorie Cardiovascular Internship is a comprehensive 10-week paid internship program designed for second- and third-year undergraduate college interns who are considering a future in the field of medicine.

Chosen interns will rotate within various services, gaining exposure to every facet of diagnosing and treating cardiovascular conditions. This encompasses heart and lung transplantation, coronary artery disease, thoracic diseases, and other chest-related ailments. Furthermore, interns will enjoy access to weekly conferences, offering multidisciplinary insights into diseases and the latest advancements in treatment.

Mentors include faculty members from the cardiology, cardiovascular/transplant, and thoracic surgery departments, along with representation from the Houston Methodist Research Institute. Interns will acquire fundamental surgical abilities, including knot tying and basic suturing, scrubbing in on surgical cases, join daily patient rounds, and receive personalized exposure to basic translational research. At the conclusion of the program, interns will present on a topic of their choosing.

Selected interns should be prepared for daily activities commencing at 7am and concluding at 5pm. While weekends are not mandatory, students can opt to engage in emergency cases.


Below, you'll find testimonials from former Kadoorie Cardiovascular interns.



Program Director


Gerald M. Lawrie, MD
Michael E. DeBakey Distinguished Chair in Cardiac Surgery
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
Houston Methodist



Boris Bratovich, MHA, PA-C
Physician Assistant Residency Coordinator
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
Houston Methodist
Nicole Davenport, MPAS, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
Houston Methodist

Internship Guidelines & Requirements


Houston Methodist will begin accepting applications for the 2024 Summer Internship Programs starting on December 1, 2023, and ending on February 2, 2024. The programs will begin on May 28, 2024, and end on August 2, 2024. The internship is held at the main Houston Methodist Hospital campus in the Texas Medical Center. All programs require a full-time commitment for the 10-week duration (May 28 – August 2, 2024). Daily attendance is required of each student for a full 8-hr workday, approximately 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., except for the July 4th holiday. Please review our comprehensive FAQ for more information.



  • You must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program to participate
  • Only US citizens, Legal Permanent residents, and Foreign Nationals who already hold a legal visa status (F-1, J-1, EADs) are eligible to apply to any of the internship programs.


Application Requirements:

  • Completed MERLIN application
  • Three required essay questions
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcript (Official or Unofficial)
  • Resume


Additional Help:


Thank you for your interest in the Houston Methodist Summer Research Internship Program! We look forward to receiving your application.



"I had an amazing time during the Kadoorie Internship. While I learned so much from each rotation, I realized the best part of the program was that I gained a lot more confidence in myself. I would always hesitate when I would say that I am planning to get into medical school because I always felt a doubt in the back of my mind. However, through the trust and acceptance of other doctors, PA's, techs and nurses, by the end of the program I really believe that I can achieve whatever I want to do within the medical field. The people that you get to work with are amazing as well as brilliant. They build you up and teach you not only the basics of each specialty, but also the lifestyle, priorities, time commitment, and work ethic needed. If I could do this internship again, I would. I cannot express my gratitude enough to Dr. Lawrie and his team for fostering an inclusive learning environment that managed to be fun, funny, and informative."


Annabel Langan (2023 Intern)

University of Texas at Austin