Kadoorie Cardiovascular Internship

Cardiovascular Internship at DeBakey Heart and Vascular center

Trainees simulate surgical procedures on mannequins.

The Kadoorie Cardiovascular Internship is a full-time 10 week program offered to first and second year undergraduate college students from underrepresented groups 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 be exposed to multiple weekly multidisciplinary conferences where they will have the opportunity to gain knowledge about diseases and latest treatment available.


Mentors will include faculty members from cardiology, cardiovascular/ transplant, and thoracic surgery. Students will have the opportunity to learn basic surgery skills such as knot tying, basic suturing, and scrub in on surgery cases and participate in daily patient rounds. 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 offered to selected applicants.



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

Application Instructions & Internship Timeline

Application Instructions

Houston Methodist will begin accepting applications for the 2022 Summer Internship Programs starting on December 6, 2021 and ending on February 4, 2022. The program will begin on May 31, 2022 and end on August 5, 2022.


Important Application Information:

  • The application must be completed in full by the February 4, 2022 deadline.
  • Undergraduates may choose only one program to apply for, the Undergraduate Research Internship, the Rosenberg Surgical Fellowship, or the Kadoorie Cardiovascular Internship.
  • Students who were previously accepted and attended the summer internship program will not be considered. Students are not allowed to participate in any internship more than once.
  • The application packet must include two letters of recommendation and any applicable academic transcripts.
  • Responses to essay questions will be limited to 250 words.
  • Additional essays will be required if selecting to apply for scholarships based on need or merit.


Click Here to Apply

Steps to Applying:

  • Click the link above to access the MERLIN application portal
  • Register a new account
  • Validate your email address (the link to begin your application will only appear after validation)
  • Click Access Application and select "Research Summer Intern" in the Learner Type dropbox
  • Supporting documents can be uploaded at the end of your application (file size limit: 5MB)
  • Be sure to review the MERLIN FAQ page if you encounter any problems, or email merlinsupport@houstonmethodist.org


Internship Housing

The internship is located at the main Houston Methodist hospital campus in the Texas Medical Center. Our program does not offer any direct housing placements for interns. Interns accepted into the program are responsible for their own housing arrangements, however, a list of recommendations will be provided by administrators during the onboarding process. Check back in February for updates on these housing options.



Application Questions

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact:

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