10-6-2017: Quinnipiac Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine/ Brian Stackhouse during his poster presentation.

Scholarly Reflection and Concentration / Capstone

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The Scholarly Reflection and Concentration/Capstone course allows you to personalize your curriculum and prepares you for scholarly endeavors during residency and future practice. You will self-design and execute a capstone project in an area you are passionate about over the course of four years.

Course Overview

During the first two years of the MD program, the curriculum is organized around three integrated courses that provide students with a comprehensive view of evidence-based medicine:

  • Foundations of Medicine (18 hours/week)
  • Scholarly Reflection and Concentration/Capstone course (4 hours/week)
  • Clinical Arts and Sciences (6 hours/week)

Scholarly Reflection and Concentration/Capstone (SRCC) is a four-year course that allows students to personalize their curriculum. Students use narrative medicine and mentoring to develop personally and professionally. They gain both conceptual understanding and practical skills in research methods, epidemiology, medical informatics and biostatistics to comprehend and critique medical literature. This enables students to create and execute an individual capstone project.

Florence Yuan speaks with someone with her poster hanging on the wall behind her.

Celebrating accomplishments

Florence Yuan, MD '20, presents her capstone project poster at an event in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

In self-designing their capstone curriculum, students pursue a scholarly interest through a longitudinal, mentored project. They create their own learning objectives, manage a budget, execute a scholarly project under the guidance of a mentor and reflect on the journey to develop professionally. This gives students valuable hands-on experience that helps to prepare them for success in residency and provides a foundation for building a career as a physician. 

Students may develop capstone projects in any of the following concentrations:

  • Basic, Translational and Clinical Science Research
  • Global, Public and Community Health
  • Health Communications
  • Health Policy and Advocacy
  • Healthcare Management and Organizational Leadership
  • Interprofessional Education and Practice
  • Medical Education
  • Medical Humanities
  • Self-Designed

Video Spotlight: Katelyn Norman

Katelyn Norman speaking with a name in front of a screen with a digital rendition of a skull, starts video

Finding clues

For her capstone project, Katelyn Norman, MD ’17, combined her background in art and medical training to develop a new methodology for forensic facial recognition from unidentified skeletal remains that is less expensive, easier and more accurate than existing methodologies. Her work ultimately led her to assist law enforcement personnel in identifying a missing Connecticut woman.


Year 1

  • Concentration/Capstone
    • Choose a concentration
    • Develop a project proposal
    • Selective coursework in area of concentration
    • Concentration-specific curricula
  • Research Methodology
    • Biostatistics
    • Responsible research practice
    • Journal club
    • Medical informatics
  • Narrative Medicine
  • Mentoring
    • Identify a capstone mentor

Year 2

  • Narrative Medicine
  • Concentration-Specific Curricula
  • Capstone Project
  • Medical Informatics
  • Selective Coursework in Area of Concentration

Year 3

  • Narrative Medicine
  • Concentration-Specific Curricula
  • Capstone Project

Year 4

  • Complete Capstone Project
  • Present at Capstone Scholars Day

Selective Courses

As part of their capstone experience, students select the equivalent of 6 graduate credits of course work in their concentration. In addition to selectives offered by the School of Medicine, individuals can gain interprofessional experience by taking selectives alongside graduate students in the Schools of Business, Communications, Education, Health Sciences, Law, Nursing and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Video Spotlight: Azeez Akinlolu, MD '19

Azeez Akinlolu reads a book on sickle cell disease

World-wide impact

Azeez Akinlolu, MD ’19, designed a project to study the awareness of sickle cell disease on the decision to procreate in Nigeria.

Capstone Projects

Students in our recent graduating class completed capstone projects with other schools at Quinnipiac, as well as with the external organizations such as the following:

  • Child Health and Development Institute, Inc.
  • Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
  • Hartford Hospital
  • HeadZone Concussion Care
  • The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
  • Masonicare
  • MidState Medical Center
  • ProHealth Physicians
  • St. Vincent’s Medical Center
  • Waterbury Hospital
  • Yale University

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