4.12: INDE 297: Reflection and Contextual Medicine

Attendance and participation in INDE 297: Reflection and Contextual Medicine 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.

The curriculum for Reflection and Contextual Medicine is designed to provide structured time independent of clinical clerkship duties, in order to promote opportunities for students to develop and expand their reflective and communication skills in the clinical environment. Reflection and Contextual Medicine 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.

To receive the 4-units of credit for INDE 297, students must attend all sessions throughout the day as specified and any absences should be communicated in advance.The attendance expectations for INDE 297 align with those outlined in Section 3.25: School of Medicine Absence Policy and Expectations. If a student anticipates missing a required session, they  must communicate and receive approval from the course director in advance of the session. In cases involving illness and unexpected emergencies, students should notify the course director and/or coordinator as soon as possible. Students are responsible for the content and work associated with all missed sessions. Students enrolled in Selective II Clerkships (Sub-internships) may choose to participate in clinical duties but are expected to communicate their absence in advance.

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

Students should enroll in INDE 297 through Axess in their last quarter of enrollment prior to graduation.


updated August 2019