Children's National Health System - Division of Trauma & Burn Surgery

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  • Providing a quality health care experience for our patients and families
  • Improving health outcomes for children regionally, nationally and internationally
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The Division of General and Thoracic Surgery scope of practice encompasses elective, trauma and emergency surgery programs. The Division of Trauma and Burn was established in 1980 to meet the needs of injured children and their families. Children’s National was re-verified as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in 2021 by the American College of Surgeons. The goal of the Division of Trauma and Burn Surgery is to provide care and resources along the continuum of care of childhood injury, including prevention, prehospital care, acute care and rehabilitation, education, continuous performance improvement and advocacy.


Washington, DC

Internship Description

The internship will be an immersion into the academic practice of pediatric surgical care, modeling many of the day to day activities on an academic surgeon. The intern for the Division of Trauma and Burn Surgery will be assigned to a research project focused on pediatric injury and its management. The project will be chosen from the portfolio of research being performed by the division staff. Our work focuses on the early management of injured patients, using human factors and technology approaches to improve the efficiency and reduce errors in the care of injured children. Previous projects have included studying the workload of trauma teams in the emergency room and determining the effect of a checklist on trauma team performance during resuscitation. Because of the research that will be conducted, the intern will need skills in either large dataset management or advanced statistical/data analysis. Although the research project will be the main focus of the internship, the intern will be involved in research activities for additional projects including, but not limited to, collection of study data, creation of data collection forms and study databases, and data entry. In the past, previous interns have had the opportunity to be co-authors on research papers related to their research work.

The selected intern will have the opportunity to participate in a summer research course where he or she will be introduced to topics in research methodology, statistics, and ethics. A schedule of regular conferences and clinics will also be developed to give the intern a broad exposure to the clinical practice of pediatric surgery specialty care. Interns may have the opportunity to “shadow” surgeons during outpatient clinics and surgical procedures in the operating room. Shadowing activities will be performed outside the intern’s regular work schedule or as designated by the mentor physician. The goal of the internship is to provide participants with an exposure to academic medicine that combines the daily practice of surgery with scientific inquiry to improve patient care in children.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transit Housing  Format
10 June 6 - Aug 12 9:00am 5:00pm Yes No In person

Housing Information

Housing can be found through George Washington University as well as sublet listings for apartments near the hospital.

Internship Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be/have:

  • Strong interest in research
  • Good communication skills
  • Computer skills to support basic research and data management
  • Expertise in large dataset management or advanced statistical/data analysis
  • Strong academic record (preference for applicants who include an undergraduate GPA in their application)
  • Interest in health-related career

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Special Requirements 

  • Background Check
  • Drug Screening
  • Vaccinations, including COVID
  • Internships at Children's National require an onboarding process that must be completed prior to the start of the internship. Failing to complete the onboarding on time will result in internship being revoked.