Program Description

The Educators-4-CARE (E4C) Program was established to enhance the development of medical students as skilled and compassionate physicians. E4C provides a formal curriculum aimed to foster the development of some of our core values – Compassion, Advocacy, Responsibility, andEmpathy – from the beginning and throughout medical school.

Beginning in 2008, each incoming medical student will be matched with an Educators-4-CARE faculty, who will serve as a teacher, mentor, and colleague for the duration of the student’s time at the School of Medicine. Each Educator-4-CARE will teach and guide five to six students per class year in the following ways:

  • During the pre-clerkship years, precept students once per week in the Practice of Medicine (POM) course, cultivating students’ acquisition and refinement of patient communication skills, physical examination skills, clinical reasoning, and professionalism
  • During the clerkship years, continue to provide guidance for students’ bedside clinical skills and professionalism through semi-monthly Doctoring with CARE sessions as part of the INDE 297 curriculum
  • Provide student mentoring and regular, periodic feedback throughout medical students’ tenure at Stanford
  • Work with others to ensure that all Stanford medical students graduate with mastery of core clinical skills
  • Write letters of reference as requested
  • Participate in student milestone events and celebratory gatherings