During a week-long intersession, students return to the CUNY School of Medicine campus after completing several of their core clinical clerkships to discuss and reflect upon topics as they relate to their clerkship experiences. Topics during intersession include: ethics, professional development, health systems science, reflection and narrative medicine, and clinical applications of basic science.

Intersession Learning Objectives:

  • Apply foundational scientific principles to clinical care of patients

  • Utilize narrative medicine practice and reflection to demonstrate self-awareness and potential to recognize one’s own strengths, weaknesses, and biases

  • Apply ethical principles and theories to resolving ethical dilemmas in clinical practice

  • Recognize ways to balance the professional demands of clinical clerkship duties with appropriate self-care

  • Reflect on strengths and interests to guide medical specialty career selection

  • Identify strategies to prepare for the residency application process

  • Apply methods of quality improvement to identify ways to improve medical care

  • Recognize ways to optimize patient safety and avoid medical errors through use of the electronic health records and other mechanisms