General Medical Disciplines Department of Medicine

Program Descriptions

For Medical Students


The MD Program Early Matriculation Bootcamp is a high-yield, clinical skills training experience designed for early matriculation MD students enrolled in the Stanford Leadership in Health Disparities Program (LHDP). The experience features an intensive curriculum with highly interactive workshop-style sessions, shadowing experiences at a free clinic, and a final standardized patient examination. Students learn how to take a comprehensive medical history, measure vital signs, engage in motivational interviewing, work with an interpreter, deliver an oral presentation to a physician, and write a note in the electronic medical record. The final session is a 40-minute standardized patient examination. The Bootcamp helps prepare students to engage in meaningful early clinical experiences from the beginning of the first year of medical school.

The training is integrated into the LDHP curriculum. For further information on the Leadership in Health Disparities Program, contact Assistant Director, Mark Gutierrez (

LCHAMP – Longitudinal Community Health Advocacy Medical Partnership (FAMMED 281)

This course is designed for students who wish to have sustained early clinical experience throughout their pre-clerkship years. The Longitudinal Community Health Advocacy Medical Partnership (L-CHAMP) Program will enhance and expand authentic community-based clinical experiences for medical students across all four years of their medical education at Stanford. L-CHAMP is comprised of five (5) components:

  1. Health Coaching/Clinical Skills Development Training
    1. Health coaching training (3 hours)
    2. Motivational interviewing (2 hours)
    3. Medication Reconciliation (2 hours)
    4. Health coaching refresher (2 hours)
  2. Quality Improvement Project
  3. Clinical reasoning and clinical skills integration and longitudinal hands on practice
  4. Sustained weekly clinic shifts in one of five community-based clinical sites (3 shifts per month)
  5. Monthly classroom educational and problem solving sessions (1 class session per month on week when clinic shift does not take place.

Readings, reflections assignments, and videos will be assigned in preparation for classroom discussion. Class sessions will consist of combination of selected class topics, case presentations, health coaching and project problem solving, and current hot topics in community health.

Interested MD students should contact the course directors, Dr. Ian Nelligan (, Dr. Erika Schillinger ( and Rhonda McClinton-Brown ( A minimum one-year commitment is required. Students will enroll in FAMMED 281 Max enrollment of 12 students. Prerequisite: none. Brief application, interview required.

Stanford Patient Partners – Care Transitions Program (MED 203)

The Stanford Patient Partners - Care Transitions Program is a hands-on leadership opportunity for pre-clerkship medical students to engage with patients both in the hospital as well as in the outpatient setting. Course features include working as part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team, promoting patient empowerment, and designing quality improvement initiatives to improve patient outcomes and reduce readmissions. Once students complete the course, they will join the leadership board of the Stanford Patient Partners– Care Transitions Program.

During the first several weeks of the course, students participate in the SHIELD core patient care modules, which include health coaching, motivational interviewing, medication reconciliation, and quality improvement. Additionally, students will benefit from additional teaching regarding transitions of care from the inpatient to the outpatient setting. Students will interact closely with patients at Stanford Hospital, local Skilled Nursing Facilities, as well as in patient homes. These patient experiences will be supervised by Stanford Department of Medicine faculty and Stanford Medicine Residents. Upon completion of Stanford Patient Partners, students will understand the continuously changing healthcare landscape and will feel comfortable interacting with patients prior to the beginning of clerkships. Additionally, there will be opportunities for research as well as educational presentations.

Interested MD students should contact the course directors, Dr. David Svec ( and Dr. Alistair Aaronson ( Students will enroll in MED 203. Max Enrollment of 6 students. Prerequisite: none. Application, interview required.

IMPACT - Interprofessional Management of Population Health with Advanced Computer Technology (FAMMED 250)

Population health management is a cornerstone of Stanford Health Care’s ongoing efforts to redesign primary care delivery and improve the quality of patient care. The Interprofessional Management of Population Health with Advanced Computer Technology (IMPACT) Program is designed for motivated MD students who wish to have a sustained early clinical experience during the pre-clerkship years by being part of a primary health care team. Using the EPIC electronic medical record system, the team identifies and targets patients who are overdue for recommended preventive services. Students will be trained to use health coaching, motivational interviewing, and shared decision-making skills to improve the health of patients through better cancer screening, chronic disease surveillance, immunizations, and medication monitoring.

Interested MD students should contact the course director, Dr. Steven Lin ( A minimum one-year commitment is preferred. Students will enroll in FAMMED250. Max enrollment of 6 students. Prerequisite: director consent; brief application, interview required.

Post-Baccalaureate Programs


The Stanford Clinical Observation and Medical Transcription (COMET) program is an innovative 1-year post-baccalaureate experience designed to help highly motivated students gain relevant, meaningful experience in medicine or health care. The program includes training to become a certified medical scribe. COMET scribes provide clinical documentation for physicians treating patients at Stanford’s primary care clinics. They are immersed in an, early clinical experience under an apprenticeship model with outstanding clinician-educator mentors. The program bridges the gap between pre-medical and medical education by offering students an opportunity to engage in authentic workplace learning experiences that directly add value to and improve patient care.

Prospective candidates must be finishing their final year of undergraduate studies or have a bachelor’s degree. A 1-year commitment and tuition is required. Interested students should contact the director, Dr. Steven Lin ( Prerequisite: application and interview required.

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