Phase 3 of the ForWard Curriculum is dedicated to specialty-specific competency development and internship preparation with opportunities for individualized electives, career advising and special projects.

Advanced Clinical Experiences

During required Inpatient and Ambulatory Acting Internship experiences, students focus on building skills that are needed to function on day one of residency including:

  • Developing actionable management and treatment plans based on history, physical exam and targeted data
  • Communicating with colleagues in a variety of ways such as patient handoffs, discharge summaries and clinic notes
  • Formulating questions based upon clinical dilemmas, researching the appropriate literature and databases to find the answers and applying findings to the care of individual patients
  • Developing efficiency in accomplishing the day-to-day tasks necessary for the coordination and management of patient care

Career-Focused Basic Science

Phase 3 students choose from a variety of electives that explicitly connect basic science to clinical practice and allow students to reinforce important foundational science concepts taught in Phase 1 and 2. Specialty-specific opportunities are available for students to build on the foundational science necessary for their future careers.

Public Health Selectives

Phase 3 students choose from a variety of electives that provide opportunities to explore key concepts and develop skills of public health practice, which they can incorporate into their professional work upon graduation. These electives build upon public health concepts taught in Phase 1 and 2. Electives emphasize interactive teaching methods and explore public health topics that include:

  • Patient safety
  • Health care financing/medical economics
  • Quality improvement
  • Global health
  • Community health
  • Health disparities
  • Health care systems
  • Environmental health

Internship Preparation

The two-week, required internship preparation course occurs after students match to residencies, engaging medical students through high-level, focused residency preparation in a specific specialty area. This course covers key concepts that allow students to practice essential skills to ensure success as they transition from medical school to internship. The internship prep course consists of nuts-and-bolts practice of specialty-specific skills and close observation of skill development through formative, simulation-based learning opportunities.