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Each year the Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery, located at BC Children’s Hospital, hires 5-7 students to work on selected research projects for 8-weeks during the summer months. Over the course of 8-weeks, students receive ongoing mentorship from their study PI, research support from the divisional research coordinators, as well as resources for completing their project. Students gain an understanding of the lifecycle of a clinical research project as well as the administrative and ethical requirements to conduct research.

All summer students present their project at the divisional rounds during their studentship, and at the Office of Pediatric Surgical Evaluation and Innovation (OPSEI) Rounds after their project ends.  Additionally, students are encouraged to submit their studies for presentation at the Western Medical Research Conference, which is held in Carmel, California every January.

Working on a summer research project enables students to identify key components for succeeding in research such as feeling passionate about a research idea, working well in a team, and being committed from the growth of the research idea into a project to finalizing their manuscript for publication.    


Plastic Surgeons / Principal Invetsigators:

Dr. Cynthia Verchere

Dr. Douglas J. Courtemanche 

Dr. Jugpal Arneja

Dr. Erika Henkelman


Research Coordinators:

Dr. Marija Bucevska, mbucevska@cw.bc.ca604.875.2525

Rebecca Courtemanche, MSc, rebecca.courtemanche@cw.bc.ca604.875.2525

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