High Tech High junior, Juliet Lee, has been accepted as a summer fellow at Stanford University Medical School. The result of the arduous application process that attracted worldwide applicants was the award of one of the five, highly competitive spots

After spending her previous summer completing the prestigious Stanford Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills Summer Internship, Juliet has decided to continue her passion for medicine. During the summer of 2014, Juliet along with other interns conducted high-skilled surgical procedures on porcine models; these include aortic valve transplants, coronary artery bypass graphs, and other crucialsurgical skills. This upcoming two month intensive experience during the summer of 2015 will take place under the mentorship of one of the world’s foremost surgeons, Dr. Bruce Reitz. Not only will previous surgical concepts be built upon, but the fellowship will also consist of intense research projects and advanced laboratory training.

Juliet is a driven student who is passionate about pursuing a career in healthcare. She hopes to inspire other students to take risks and work towards their dreams as well, no matter the difficulty. “Being a teenager is tough – adults never take us seriously. Almost every time I told someone I wanted to be a surgeon, beginning in middle school, adults would scoff at the seemingly unrealistic dream. I want to use my experience to reassure my generation that they really are able to achieve their goals, no matter how far-fetched they may seem. Us young people are capable of tremendous things, we just have to be given the chance to do them.”

Juliet attends High Tech High; a project based learning charter school located in San Diego, California.