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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Exploring Medicine: Health Care Careers and Culture in NYC

January 22–May 10, 2019


This hands-on premed program in New York City gives high school and college students the chance to explore medical careers as they build their health care knowledge and skills.

Through hospital rotations, meetings with doctors, and a three-credit course, you’ll learn how physicians think, what they expect of their trainees, and where modern medicine is headed.

You’ll also get a taste of what it might be like to study and work at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Program highlights

  • Devote two afternoons a week (4:00–6:00 p.m.) shadowing doctors as they attend to patients in select specialties. Rotations may include adult and pediatric emergency rooms, a burn center, integrative medicine, dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and physical therapy, among other possibilities.
  • Spend Monday afternoons (4:00–6:00 p.m.) in lectures and discussions with the program director, Sam Beck, and faculty from Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian.
  • Prepare for medical school and possible application to competitive colleges, universities, and premedical programs.
  • Learn to engage with patients, work in teams, increase your self-reliance, and develop your critical-thinking through the use of experiential learning and ethnographic skills.
  • Hear personal stories about the paths people took to become doctors.
  • Explore timely issues related to medical education, careers, and culture.
  • Delve into topics including
    • The social determinants of health
    • How to create a healthy society
    • Medicine and human rights
    • Integrative medicine

Who should attend

This program is open to

  • High school juniors and seniors,
  • College undergraduates, and
  • Recent college/university graduates who are interested in exploring medical education, culture, and careers.

Enrollment is limited, so early applications are encouraged.