Shadow physicians & explore medical careers in NYC

In this hands-on program, you'll learn about medical culture and practice by participating in health care professionals' daily activities.

Designed for students considering further study and/or a career in health care, the program features

  • A three-credit course taught by Dr. Sam Beck
  • Seminars with faculty from Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Clinical rotations in a hospital or clinic
  • Small-scale seminars with experienced teaching assistants focusing on self-reflection, enthographic methods, health care, medical culture, and careers
  • Site tours and explorations across New York City

During the first few days, you'll learn about ethnographic methods, participate in seminars and collaborative classroom discussions, and reflect on your experiences, observations, and field interviews.

During the rest of the program, you'll spend three-and-a-half days per week in rotations, shadowing practitioners (see hospital placements); attend lectures and discussions with faculty from Weill Cornell Medicine; and work closely with Cornell TAs, learning, processing, and discussing ethnographic methods.