Kadoorie Cardiovascular Internship

Cardiovascular Internship at DeBakey Heart and Vascular center

The 2022 Kadoorie Program Interns

The Kadoorie Cardiovascular Internship is a full-time 10 week program offered to second and third year undergraduate college students who are considering a career in medicine.


Selected students will rotate with different services and will become familiar with all aspects of the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, including heart and lung transplantation, coronary artery disease, thoracic diseases, and other diseases of the chest. Students will have access to multiple weekly conferences where they can gain multidisciplinary knowledge about diseases and latest treatments being developed.


Mentors will include faculty members from cardiology, cardiovascular/transplant, and thoracic surgery departments, as well as the Houston Methodist Research Institute. Students will have the opportunity to learn basic surgery skills such as knot tying, basic suturing, scrub in on surgery cases, participate in daily patient rounds, and gain 1-on-1 exposure to basic translational research. At the end of the program, students will be responsible for a short power point presentation on a topic they found of great interest.


Participating students should be prepared for daily activities to begin at 7 am and end at 5 pm. Weekends are not required, but students have the option to participate in emergency cases if they chose to.


Financial support will be provided to all participating 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 2023 Summer Internship Programs starting on December 2, 2022 and ending on January 27, 2023. The program will begin on May 30, 2023 and end on August 4, 2023. Please review the full Guidelines & FAQ sheet using the link below.


  • The Kadoorie Internship selects eight applicants to participate in the program each year.
  • Only currently-enrolled sophomore or junior year undergraduates may apply.
  • Applicants must be on a pre-medicine track or plan to apply to medical school.
  • The Kadoorie program does not accept High School students.
  • Must be a US citizen, Legal Permanent Resident or Foreign National who holds a legal visa status (F-1, J-1, EADs).
  • Each intern will receive a $6,000 stipend while attending.
  • Students who previously attended any summer internship program will not be considered.


Program Details:

  • Full-time, day shift, Monday – Friday.
  • Daily attendance required except for company holidays. 
  • Located at the Houston Methodist Hospital Texas Medical Center campus.
  • Housing is not offered. Accepted interns will be provided helpful information to find housing.


Application Requirements:

  • Resume and Transcript (Official or Unofficial).
  • Two professional letters of recommendation.
  • Two required short essay questions, and one optional.
  • Complete applications and all required documents are due January 27, 2023.


View the full Guidelines & FAQ sheet


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Thank you for your interest in our internship, and we wish you all the best of luck.