This experiential learning program in New York City is an opportunity to explore careers in health and medicine by participating in health care providers' day-to-day activities.
Immersed in medical culture and practice through clinical rotations and seminars, students will discover how medical professionals think and work.
The program includes
- a three-credit course taught by Dr. Sam Beck;
- small-scale seminars with experienced teaching assistants;
- seminars with faculty from Weill Cornell Medicine;
- clinical rotations in a hospital or clinic;
- student-led seminars focusing on self-reflection and discussions of enthographic methods, health care, medical culture, and careers; and
- site tours and explorations across New York City.
During the first few days, students will
- engage in a hands-on participatory approach to learning about ethnographic methods;
- participate in instructor-guided seminars and collaborative classroom discussions; and
- reflect on their experiences, observations, and field interviews.
During the rest of the program, students will spend
- three-and-a-half days per week in rotations, shadowing practitioners*;
- a half day per week in lectures and discussions with faculty from Weill Cornell Medicine, learning about health care culture, careers, trends, critical issues, and more;
- a half day per week with Cornell TAs, learning, processing, and discussing ethnographic methods; and
- a half day per week on tours and site visits in New York City.
*For a list of participating hospitals, see hospital placements.
Who should attend
The program is designed for students considering further study and/or a career in health care.
It is open to college undergraduates and recent college graduates, pre-med students, and high school graduates who are at least 18 years old.