INDE 297: Reflections, Research, and Advances in Patient Care

Course Directors:

Laurence Baker, Lars Osterberg, Charles Prober, Audrey Shafer

The curriculum for Reflections, Research, and Advances in Patient Care (RRAP) is designed to provide structured time independent of clinical clerkship duties, in order to promote both reflection on and reinforcement for learning in the clinical environment. Reflections, Research, and Advances in Patient Care is structured as a two-year curriculum to span the clinical years. Sessions occur every 8 weeks, on the third Friday of even-numbered clerkship periods (see dates below), and incorporate the curricular components outlined below.

August 16, 2013                      
October 11, 2013
December 6, 2013               
February 21, 2014
April 18, 2014                        
June 13, 2014


1. To discuss and reflect upon critical experiences in clerkships

2. To provide continuity of instruction in translational science topics across the curriculum

3. To reinforce and extend the study of behavioral, cultural, ethical, social and socioeconomic topics introduced in the Practice of Medicine course sequence

4. To expose students to recent advances in medical discoveries, emphasizing their application in clinical practice (translational medicine), with focus on the perspective of patients

5. To develop research and critical thinking skills, acquire new topical information in areas related to Scholarly Concentrations, and receive advice and counseling on Scholarly Concentration curricular issues and research projects

Doctoring with CARE sessions consist of small group debriefing/discussions, in which students on their clerkship rotations have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on critical experiences in a safe environment. Key objectives include the development of lifelong reflective practice skills and coping strategies essential to maintaining humanism and professionalism. Facilitated by Educators for CARE faculty, these sessions are a continuing avenue to guide students’ development of four core values of the medical profession: Compassion, Advocacy, Responsibility, and Empathy.

Sessions occur from 10:00am-11:30am.
For questions about Part One, please contact Bahij Austin (

These sessions explore advances in biomedical sciences with applications to medical practice (translational medicine), as well as faculty career pathways, reflections on doctoring, and the broader context of medicine in society. The perspectives of patients are emphasized, through, for example, concurrent patient presentations with session lecturers.

Sessions occur from 1:30pm-2:45pm
For questions about Part Two, please contact Mara Violanti (

These breakout sessions explore themes related to Scholarly Concentrations. Topics may include student research projects, issues of interest to students in a given SC area, or other matters related to Scholarly Concentrations.  All MD students (MSTP exempt) must attend sessions for their declared SC area(s) when offered, or an SC area of interest (if the student’s declared SC is not meeting).

Sessions occur from 3:00-4:30pm.
For questions about Part Three, please contact Mara Violanti (

Course Completion Requirement:

Attendance and participation in INDE 297 is required for all medical students enrolled in clerkships at Stanford affiliated sites (SHC, LPCH, VAMC, Kaiser Santa Clara and Valley Medical Center). Please note that this applies to students enrolled in required, selective, and elective clerkships.

To receive the 4 units of credit for INDE 297, students must:

1. Attend all Doctoring with CARE sessions
2. Attend all Advances and Perspectives in Medicine lecture/seminar series sessions over the two clinical years. Additionally students must sign into E*Value and submit an evaluation for each lecture session attended
3. Attend all SC breakout meetings (MSTP students are waived).  Attendance will be taken at all sessions

The School of Medicine Registrar’s Office will enroll student in good standing for INDE 297, four units, during the last quarter of clinical rotations before graduation.

Students must notify the course directors and coordinators in advance for any planned absence from the sessions. Unanticipated absences for illness or emergency must be communicated to the course coordinator as promptly as possible. Failure to communicate with the course coordinator about unavoidable absences is a potential reason for failing the course.

Remediation pathways will be provided for those students that need to make up absences.




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