Harrison Surgical Scholar Program
(July 2019 - June 2020)

Research Lab WorkerApplications for the 2019 Harrison Surgical Scholar Program will be accepted starting December 1, 2018.  This is a competitive program designed to provide research experience for post-baccalaureate students interested in pursuing an academic career in medicine. This one year program introduces the Harrison Surgical Scholar to many aspects of clinical surgical research and may sometimes provide an opportunity to get involved in basic science research. Harrison Surgical Scholars work closely with an individual surgeon or a surgical research team on current and new research investigations. Activities include collecting clinical data to populate databases, performing literature searches in support of research initiatives, analyzing data, and assisting in the preparation of research findings for posters, abstracts and manuscripts. Students will learn about regulatory requirements associated with clinical research including submissions to the Institutional Review Board (IRB), screening and eligibility criteria requirements.

The Harrison 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 participant will be encouraged to assist or take the lead in writing a manuscript of his/her research project.

Previous Harrison Surgical Scholars are currently at:

  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Jefferson Medical College (MD, MD/PhD)
  • Perelman School of Medicine – University of Pennsylvania (MD, MD/PhD)
  • Stanford University School of Medicine

Current Harrison Surgical Scholars are doing research in the Divisions of Cardiovascular Surgery, Plastics, Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Transplant Surgery, and Gastrointestinal Surgery.

Scholar positions will typically start July 1, 2019 and run through June 30, 2020. Harrison Surgical Scholars are paid University of Pennsylvania employees.

Applicants are required to complete the application below and send your resume and one letter of recommendation to Steve Mervis. (February 15 is the deadline to apply for the program.)

Harrison Surgical Scholar Application
First Name
Last Name
School Address
Home Address
Email Address
Mobile Phone
Emergency Contact Name
Emergency Contact Phone

Academic Information
Undergraduate School
SAT Scores
College GPA
Year in School
Major (if declared)
Prior Research Experience
Please write a short personal statement about yourself, your background, and your career interests in medicine and science. Tell us about your personal strengths and what you hope to gain from participation in the scholars program. (Limit of 500 words)