Discover the Exciting World of Surgery

Have you always been fascinated by how surgeons save lives? Is it your dream to dive into the world of surgery? This is a course for people who love the challenge of diagnosing a disease and treating it through surgery. Study diseases of the abdomen and create your own model of the major organs and vascular structures. Learn about emerging technologies, such as robotics and digital scanning. Discover the jobs of an OR team and hear from specialists like radiologists, and trauma surgeons. If you have a passion for surgical medicine, this course is for you!

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Program Dates

Choose the course length that works for you: 1-week intensives, 2-week sessions, and 4-week sessions


For students ages 13 and up



Start Your Surgical Journey Right Here

Learn What It Takes To Become a Surgeon.

Get an introduction to becoming a surgeon. You’ll study the basic skills needed, plus the various types of surgical fields, and get a tour of an operating room. You’ll learn sterile techniques and hear from the experts: anesthesiologists, trauma surgeons, as well as otolaryngologists and acute care surgeons. See how surgeons conduct a physical exam, do bloodwork and imaging studies.

Dive into Diverticulitis: Anatomy of the Left Lower Quadrant.

Study a common inflammation or infection that occurs in the digestive tract called diverticulitis. Understand the symptoms, diagnostic tests, and types of surgeries available to patients. Hear from experts such as urologists, colorectal surgeons, and radiologists. Get an inside look at how the ICU works.

Get an “A” in Appendicitis: Review the Right Lower Quadrant.

Learn all about appendicitis through a real-life case study. Highlight the patient workup to determine whether surgical intervention is required. Review a real case of laparoscopic appendectomy, and understand the surgical techniques used to treat this disease. Discover how the experts work with patients in the emergency room.

Meet the Gallbladder: An Overview of the Right Upper Quadrant.

Delve into the medical conditions centering on the gallbladder, such as acute cholecystitis. Learn how to recognize the symptoms, read exam findings, and create a model of the area of the abdomen where this occurs. Witness a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Review the optimal surgical options to treat cholecystitis.

An Inside Look at Gastric Cancer and the Left Upper Quadrant.

We’ll review the case of a patient suffering from gastric cancer. You will learn how to perform an exam and workup a patient profile to determine whether next steps are surgical or medical. You will see a dissection and hear from oncologists (cancer specialists) who treat this disease, while also understanding the social determinants of health and environmental effects.

Explore College Majors and Future Careers in Surgery.

Topics in this course offer a solid background related to a future in medicine with a focus on surgery.

How You Will Benefit

  • Learn the education and training required to become a surgeon.
  • Know the makeup of the operating room team.
  • Be able to create a model of the solid organs and major vascular muscles of the abdomen.
  • Understand the fundamentals to determine if surgery is a field that appeals to you.
  • Explore future college majors and careers associated with surgery.
  • Gain access to mentors who will answer your questions and help brainstorm assignments.
  • Complete a Final Capstone Project to demonstrate what you’ve learned.
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion from Georgetown University.

Student completing Georgetown's surgery course

Three Learning Advantages Designed for You

Final Capstone Project

All online courses culminate in a Final Capstone Project that allows you to:

  • Complete a model of the abdominal anatomy.
  • Create a one- to two-minute video of your model, demonstrating the major anatomic structures and their relation to each other.
  • Write a two-part mock patient quiz using one of the four diseases covered in this course.
  • Create a video of the major steps of an open operation for a patient with an abdominal condition.


You’ll receive guidance from a mentor who can support you and answer questions as you deepen your learning experience. You can expect:

  • Encouragement and direction on all assignments.
  • Inspiration, motivation and confidence to help you succeed.
  • Brainstorming and ideation help as you prepare for your final Capstone project.

Flexible Learning

  • 100% online learning that works with your schedule.
  • Flexible format: you’ll learn through video lectures. Tune in anytime that works for you.
  • 20 to 30 hours of total instruction and course work, including engaging multimedia, simulations, and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support from mentors.

Apply Now for the Next Available Course

December 18 - January 1

Becoming a Surgeon: Skills, Specialties, and Diseases

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1495

Application Deadline: Sunday, December 11, 2022

January 8 - February 5

Becoming a Surgeon: Skills, Specialties, and Diseases

Length: 4 weeks

Cost: $1495

Application Deadline: Sunday, January 1, 2023

January 22 - February 5

Becoming a Surgeon: Skills, Specialties, and Diseases

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1495

Application Deadline: Sunday, January 15, 2023

All course options have the same educational content, learning materials, and number of assignments. We are offering a condensed version of the course in order to accommodate students’ individual schedules.

Course Designed by Georgetown University Faculty

Dr. Rebecca Evangelista | Surgery Course Instructor | Georgetown University

Dr. Rebecca Evangelista, MD, FACS

Professor of Surgery and General Surgeon at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH)

Dr. Evangelista was the Director for Undergraduate Surgical Education for over 10 years and now focuses on educational leadership in the professional development of faculty and residents. She has been a general surgeon at MGUH since January 2006. Dr. Evangelista completed medical school at Upstate Medical University, a general surgery residency at George Washington University Hospital, and a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Virginia.

Meet Your Mentor

Madison | Surgery Course Mentor


Received a B.S. in Biology of Global Health and a minor in Psychology from Georgetown University.

Ursula | Surgery Course Mentor


Undergraduate student at Georgetown University majoring in Biology of Global Health.

Kayla | Surgery Course Mentor


Received a B.S. in Biology of Global Health and a minor in Statistics from Georgetown University. Former Vice President of Georgetown University Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (GUMAPS).

Isaac | Surgery Course Mentor


Received a B.S. in Biology of Global Health from Georgetown University. Works as a caregiver for the elderly and beginning clinical work in other areas of medicine.

How to Apply

It’s easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are required. Our application asks you to provide the following:

  • Basic contact information for you and your parent or guardian.
  • Why you wish to take this course, and a bit of your story, through writing, video, photos—any media you prefer.

Begin the guided process. It should take only a few minutes to answer the questions.

Begin the process.

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We offer need-based scholarships in each cohort to students exhibiting high potential and an inability to pay full tuition. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship but you:

The University reserves the right to modify the course as may become necessary.