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

Internship Preparation

New “bootcamps” or specialty capstone experiences occur at the very end of medical school training, once students have matched to residencies. The two-week, required internship prep course engages medical students through high-level, focused residency preparation in a specific specialty area, covering key concepts that allow students to practice essential skills to ensure success as they transition from medical school to internship. The internship prep course will consist of nuts and bolts practice of specialty-specific skills and close observation of skill development through formative, simulation-based learning opportunities.

Advanced Clinical Experiences

During required Inpatient and Ambulatory Acting Internship experiences, students will 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 hand-offs, discharge summaries and clinic notes
  • Formulating questions based upon clinical dilemmas, researching the appropriate literature and databases to find the answers, and apply 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 can choose from a variety of electives that explicitly connect basic science to clinical practice and allow students to reinforce important basic science concepts taught in Phase 1 and 2. Specialty-specific opportunities will be available for students to build on the foundational science necessary for their future careers.

Public Health Selectives

Phase 3 students can 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