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EXPLO Pre-College + Career  |  Wellesley 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.

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About this Concentration

Campus: Wellesley College Rising Grades: 10-12

Investigate medical interventions from diagnosis to design to implementation. Learn to interpret medical images and use them to diagnose illnesses and injuries in animal specimens. With a diagnosis in hand, 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. 

In Surgical Interventions + Biomedical Engineering, 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 engineers’ and medical practitioners' toolboxes — and how they are used to make observations, identify needs, and design, manufacture, and test devices. Through this Concentration, experience the entire process through the eyes of a Doctor, Medical Illustrator, Biomedical Engineer, Surgeon, or Rehabilitation Therapist.

Tuition + Admission

College credit is available through Sarah Lawrence College. Learn more.


  • 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 Dr. 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.
  • 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.
  • Pre-Med and Medical School Admissions — Hear from pre-medical and medical school admissions professionals and get advice on applying to medical programs.

Concentration Details


  • Session 2: July 10 – July 22, 2022
  • Session 3: July 24 – August 5, 2022

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 our Admissions Team at 781.762.7400 for more information on rentals.

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