Buffalo Healthcare Exploration


Buffalo Healthcare Exploration (BHE) is an exciting 3- week summer program that offers high school students the opportunity to learn and innovate in a high-tech, fast-paced medical environment at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Due to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we are planning a hybrid program for 2021 that may end up being completely virtual, depending on Roswell Park’s requirements at the time of the program. Please check this website and our Facebook regularly for updated information.

Program Highlights

  • Shadow a professional at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Test your skills on the da Vinci Surgical System (dVSS®)
  • Work with a team to create a medical innovation that addresses a need or opportunity in the healthcare setting
  • Explore healthcare by following a fictional patient through a treatment path
  • Develop core competencies relevant to succeed in any career you choose
  • Prepare for college and learn what to expect on a college campus
  • Tour the medical campus and visit a local medical company

The BHE team lining up at The Ride for Roswell

Working on the endoscopic simulator

Preparing to tour the sterilization department and visit the operating room

BHE students in front of Roswell Park during the BNMC tour

Touring the nursing simulation lab at St. John Fisher College

Touring Rochester Institute of Technology

Program Dates

We are creating a BHE team of students and alumni who will come together to support the Ride for Roswell!

  • Ride for Roswell: TBD
  • July 6 - July 23: Virtual program days TBD

BHE Application Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for this program?
If you are currently in high school you are eligible to apply.

When do I apply?
Applications for Summer 2021 open December 6, 2020 and close on February 26, 2021.

What is the cost of the program? 
To be determined, but full scholarships are available to those who qualify. You can apply for a scholarship when you fill out the application.

When will I know if I have been accepted?
Acceptances will go out April 2, 2021.

How many students will be in the program?
Approximately 50 students will be accepted.

Where can I get more information or updates on the program?
Like our Facebook page

If you have any questions about the new program, please do not hesitate to contact the ATLAS team at AtlasTeam@RoswellPark.org.

BHE Teaching Assistant

Are you a college student with an interest in healthcare and leadership? Consider joining us as a teaching assistant (TA) this summer! This position is open to the public, though previous participants in the Junior Robotic Surgery Challenge are encouraged to apply.

Registration to become a TA is now closed.

TA Highlights:
  • Manage programming
  • Mentor a team of students
  • Experience research in the ATLAS lab
  • Network within the Buffalo-Niagara medical community

Summer Research Experience Programs in Cancer Science

Are you are a college student, health professional student, or high school junior with a specific interest in research? If cancer research or a PhD degree is your career goal, begin your journey this summer by participating in Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Summer Research Program.

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