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EXPLO Pre-College + Career  |  Colby College Surgical Interventions + Biomedical Engineering

Identify and diagnose injured and diseased bodily structures and employ cutting-edge surgical techniques and biomedical engineering principles to design, prototype and test solutions.

Academics Surgical Interventions + Biomedical Engineering

About this Concentration

Campus: Colby College Grades: 10-12

In this program, investigate medical interventions from diagnosis to design to implementation. You’ll learn to interpret medical images and use them to diagnose illnesses and injuries in animal specimens. With a diagnosis in hand, you’ll design a medical solution, test its viability with scaled prototypes, then surgically implant the device you designed into your specimen or model. Through simulated surgeries and connecting with medical experts, discover how the latest biomedical technology is being used to create cutting-edge solutions for the most pressing medical challenges we face today. Gain experience with medical interventions such as: treating a clogged artery, engineering a replacement MCL, and designing a reconstructive device to repair a bone fracture. Practice surgical techniques, from holding a scalpel to cutting through layers of tissue with precision. Discover both the engineer’s and medical practitioners' toolboxes and how they are used to make observations, identify needs, design and manufacturer devices, and test them. Through this program you will experience the entire process through the eyes of a Doctor, Medical Illustrator, Biomedical Engineer, Surgeon, or Rehabilitation Therapist.

College credit available through Sarah Lawrence College. Learn more.


  • Pre-Med and Medical School Admissions

    Hear from pre-medical and medical school admissions professionals and get advice on applying to medical programs.

  • World-Class Experts

    Connect with industry leaders and learn more about academic preparation and experiential pathways to help prepare you for exciting careers in fields such as tissue engineering, general surgery, regenerative medicine, organ transplantation and more.

  • Case Studies + Medical Ethics

    Explore current issues in the field of surgery. Topics include holistic approaches to patient care and recovery, the impact of socioeconomics on patient outcomes and the use of robotics and AI in surgical procedures and medicine.

  • Simulation Center Visit

    Rotate through a variety of hands-on skill stations and high fidelity clinical scenarios led by experts who train medical residents.

  • Tissue Engineering Challenge with Dr. Glenn Gaudette

    Dr. Gaudette is a pioneering researcher in bioengineering and human tissue repair. Work with Gaudette and his team to employ cutting-edge techniques used by biomedical researchers at WPI and Boston College. Design and build prototypes of a new medical device using decellularized plant materials. Create tests to push the limits of functionality, durability and ease of deployment and present your designs to a panel of medical research experts.

  • Guided Surgery + Surgical Skills Training with Dr. Erika K. Fellinger

    Dr. Fellinger was named “Top Doc” in Boston by Boston Magazine. Work side-by-side with Dr. Fellinger as she guides you through an abdominal surgery. You’ll get an introduction to OR basics such as maintaining a sterile field and practice surgical techniques using a variety of instruments.

Concentration Details


  • Session 1: June 27 - July 9, 2021
  • Session 2: July 11 - July 23, 2021

Tuition: $5,875

Required Materials:

  • EXPLO Pre-College + Career students are required to bring a laptop, computer, tablet, or Chromebook to the program. All devices must be able to access the Internet and utilize basic word processing and presentation-type programs (PowerPoint, Keynote, etc.) Rentals are available after enrollment in the program. Please contact the Admission Team for more information.
You always have to be thinking ahead about how to make things better. It can be challenging to do this in surgery — to become a caveman on a wheel — because you become so adept at operating in one specific way with a familiar set of instruments. But advancement in robotics and technology over the past few decades has been remarkable, and embracing technology in the right places can vastly improve patient outcomes. (This is an excerpt from a conversation with Future of Medicine students.)

Dr. David Mulligan, EXPLO Advisor

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