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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Practicing Medicine: Health Care Culture and Careers

June 3-July 26, 2019


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.

Program features

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

*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.

Practicing Medicine in the Media

News from the College of Arts & Sciences:
Read an August 29, 2018 article about Practicing Medicine students in New York City "Premed students explore diverse medical interests in summer program""