Course Goal:
The Scholarly Reflection and Concentration/Capstone Course is a personalized curriculum where students learn fundamental tools to engage in self-reflection, scientific inquiry and analysis, and life-long learning through course work and completion of a self-directed scholarly project in a selected area of concentration.

The Scholarly Reflection and Concentration/Capstone Course offers students a self-directed curriculum to:·

  • gain expertise in an area of interest.
  • perform independent scientific inquiry guided by a self-selected mentor.
  • engage in self-reflection and professional development through close reading of narrative pieces and narrative composition.

In the pre-clinical years, students learn the tools of research methodology and scientific inquiry through formal course work and gain expertise in an area of concentration by taking selective courses starting in the spring of Year 1. A narrative medicine curricular theme engages students in how to organize and communicate information as well as in self-care and professional development.

Students initiate the capstone scholarly project in the Spring of Year 1 and continue the project, under the direction of a capstone mentor, throughout the remainder of the pre-clinical and clinical curriculum with eight weeks dedicated in Y4 to complete the project. This culminates in a poster or oral presentation at an interdisciplinary Student Research Day prior to graduation.

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