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Due to COVID-19, we are currently limited to only hosting students on-site if they are fulfilling degree requirements/for-credit. All students are welcome to apply to virtual opportunities. Virtual opportunities will be listed as “Virtual” within the description.

Department: Department of Surgery (SPURS)

Number of positions available: 10


  • Location of internship: Greenville Memorial Hospital
  • Approximate dates of internship: TBD – Summer
  • Preferred days of the week: Monday – Friday, varies
  • Preferred hours: 08:00-16:30

Preferred degree program:

  • Students currently enrolled in: Bachelor’s degree program
  • With a concentration or focus in: Pre-Medical Biology

Description of internship position:

The SPURS program at Prisma Health–Upstate Department of Surgery offers undergraduate students an opportunity to spend 8 weeks in a research study program. Students participate in clinical research studies under the mentorship of Department of Surgery faculty, surgical residents, fellows, and medical students at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville. Research studies focus on surgical techniques, treatments, and associated outcomes in a variety of specialties, including General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Pediatric Surgery, Critical Care / Trauma, Bariatric Surgery, Hernia Surgery, and Vascular Surgery.

Program Goals

-Maximize student learning in study design, methodology, data acquisition, and performance of medical scientific research.
-Provide students an opportunity to foster research interest and mentorship for careers in the medical field.
-Gain exposure to clinical medicine by allowing for the observation of live surgical cases and opportunities to shadow physicians in a variety of clinical settings.
-Provide the Department of Surgery faculty with student assistance in data management and clinical research.


-8-week program beginning the first Monday in June and ending the last Friday in July.
-Students assigned to faculty mentor for the duration of the 8-week program. Several students may be assigned to a single project. Typically, students are paired with one or more medical students, surgical residents, or fellows as well.
-Students will have weekly opportunity for clinical engagement with their faculty mentor and other surgeons in the Department of Surgery.
-Students will present their work at the conclusion of the program.


-At least 18 years old.
-Currently working toward completion of undergraduate degree.
-In good standing with their current program.

Learning outcomes:

Benefits of this program are many. Participants are given the opportunity to be immersed into actual surgical research studies and gain clinical insights into the disease and treatment being studied. SPURS students will learn the basics of study design, hypothesis formulation, critical thinking, data collection, and data analysis. Many research projects will lead to publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Students also gain valuable mentoring from faculty surgeons, residents, fellows and medical students, which often help shape students’ career choices. Lastly, students are given the opportunity to observe our surgeons in the operating room where they experience the unique perspective of live surgical procedures.

Department faculty mentor students in research design. Department faculty expose students to clinical activities in their offices and in the operating room which allows better synthesis of the research. The work performed by the students, which primarily involves updating surgical databases, allows the Department of Surgery to maintain a highly productive research department. Students prepare an abstract for review by their assigned surgical faculty. Students are given one on one time with faculty and residents to discuss their research and observed clinical activities. Faculty provide feedback to students.Research projects involving students are completed and submitted for publication.

Student Reported Learning outcomes:

Students previously interning in this role have reported they’re more familiar with and have a greater understanding of the following:

Is a stipend available? No

Is academic credit available? Not Sure

Notes to applicants:

Cover letter should describe the applicant’s research interests and career goals (Limit to 200 words)

Applicants should include names and contact information of two references in the provided fields.

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