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Women in Science Program

for High School Students Who Will Be Going Into Their Senior Year

The Women in Science Program at Maimonides Medical Center is led by Donna-Marie Manasseh, MD, Director of the Maimonides Breast Cancer Program, and Dr. Rebecca Rhee, Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery. The program provides a unique opportunity for qualified female applicants to intern in the hospital under the guidance of an assigned physician and experience life as a surgeon.

The internship takes place in the month of July. The participants are involved in a wide array of scientific and medical experiences, including research, viewing a surgery, assisting at a medical office, and working with an assigned mentor.  This experience helps the students understand what a career in medicine and science is all about. The program encourages high school students to work diligently in order to achieve their goal of becoming doctors and scientists in the future.

The program’s objective is to inspire young women by providing a hands-on learning experience, during which the students will

  • be assigned their own research projects, leading to a presentation upon completion of the program
  • assist surgeons in an outpatient setting, learning more about direct patient experience
  • join surgeons in the operating room to view firsthand the process of surgery and healing
  • use the simulation equipment to “operate” on a patient (Thursdays 9-10am)
  • join resident-led lectures and discussions
  • read and discuss articles written by female surgeons and about female surgeons
  • be paired with a mentor, who will provide one-on-one guidance to the students

The program’s curriculum improves young women’s confidence in their abilities in the fields of medicine and science, and provide their first exposure to patient care, surgery, research, and medicine.

Only the most motivated students are accepted to the program. The initial application process includes an essay and interview.


  • Students must identify as female.
  • Students must be entering their senior year in high school.
  • Essay quality is a major factor in the admission to the program.  It is strongly suggested that you proofread your essay for proper grammar prior to submission.
  • Application deadline is on February 28th.  No applications for the Summer will be accepted after this date.  Please submit your applications in advance.
  • Interviews take place in the first or second week of March.
  • Decisions are rendered by the third week of March.
  • The application and essay should be submitted as an attachment to Viktoriya Furina at
  • Parental waiver form must be submitted.

Applicants will be notified by email.

After initial acceptance, all candidates must complete the application process with the Department of Volunteer and Student Services by April 20th, which includes:

  • Completing a volunteer application (including Parent Permission and School Evaluation forms)
  • Submitting a medical packet completed by private physician (annual physical, PPD within 6 months, and an official lab report for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella immune titers)
  • Completing online CITI research training
  • Scheduling a personal interview in the Volunteer office
  • Attending a mandatory orientation

Students who fail to submit the required documents by April 20th will not be able to participate in the program.

To learn more about Dr. Donna-Marie Manasseh, Click here 

To learn more about Dr. Rebecca Rhee, Click here 

For more information, please call the Volunteer office at (718) 283-3980.


Plase click here to access the application form


Please click here for an overview of the application process