About the Program

Program Overview

The Stanford Clinical Summer Internship (CSI) is a  program for rising high school juniors (age 16 or older), seniors, and undergraduate pre-med students designed to empower and energize diverse learners as they delve into the art, science, and joy of practicing medicine. Participants will gain clinical skills and knowledge across a wide variety of specialties as well as insights to help plan for a career in medicine. The richly diverse and unique curriculum includes skills sessions, interactive lectures and hands-on activities in a variety of specialties. Large and rotating small group breakout sessions are led by top-notch Stanford faculty clinicians and researchers, as well as medical and physician assistant students who provide an inside knowledge of their rigorous and yet fulfilling journeys through medicine. 

At CSI, we understand that every student is unique, and their learning preferences vary. That's why we offer three distinct modalities to cater to your individual needs and preferences.

1. Summer On-Campus Learning: For those who thrive in a traditional classroom setting, we offer a 2-week, on campu session. Stanford's state-of-the-art facilities provide a conducive environment for collaborative learning, networking, and hands-on experiences. Immerse yourself in the vibrant campus community and benefit from face-to-face interactions with our esteemed faculty.

2. Summer Virtual Learning via Zoom: We recognize the importance of flexibility in today's fast-paced world. Our 2-week virtual learning session allows you to attend classes from the comfort of your home. With interactive virtual sessions, you can engage with instructors and fellow students in real-time, ensuring a dynamic and immersive learning experience.

3. 10-Week Virtual Fall Intensive (One Night Per Week): Our 10-week fall intensive program is designed for individuals who need to balance their extracurricular studies with their already busy academic schedule. With classes held virutally via zoom just one night per week, you can benefit from all of the same great content presented in our summer sessions, but in more traditional 1.5 hour classes. 

Choose the modality that aligns with your learning style, goals, and lifestyle, and embark on a transformative educational journey with us. 

Summer On Campus Learning

Immerse Yourself in the World of Medicine on Stanford's Campus

Are you ready to take your medical journey to the next level with a truly immersive experience? Our on-campus session at CSI offers a unique opportunity to not only learn but to live and breathe medicine within the stunning setting of Stanford University.

What You'll Experience in Our On-Campus Session:

  1. Hands-On Learning: Get ready to roll up your sleeves and dive headfirst into the world of medicine. Our on-campus session is all about hands-on experience. You'll conduct physical examinations, challenge yourself with real medical cases, and develop differential diagnoses and treatment plans under the guidance of expert instructors.

  2. Stanford's Campus: Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Stanford University School of Medicine. Our program provides exclusive access to state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge labs, and a campus known for its innovation and academic excellence. You'll have the privilege of learning in an environment that fosters creativity and curiosity.

  3. Expert Faculty: Interact closely with our esteemed faculty, all of whom are practicing doctors and specialists from Stanford Medicine and Stanford Health Care. Benefit from their wealth of knowledge and real-world insights as they guide you through the intricacies of medical practice.

  4. Practical Skills: Gain proficiency in essential medical skills such as dissection, knot-tying, injections, and suturing. Our on-campus session allows you to practice these skills in a supportive and interactive setting.

  5. Real-Life Trauma Scenarios: Experience the adrenaline rush of real-life trauma scenarios. Our program provides you with the unique opportunity to participate in simulations of emergency situations. Learn to think on your feet, make critical decisions, and provide life-saving care in a controlled environment.

  6. A Day in the Life: Hear from medical specialists in person during our "A Day in the Life of..." sessions. Stanford's campus provides the perfect backdrop for these engaging discussions, giving you a firsthand look at the diverse and dynamic world of healthcare.

  7. Campus Life: Beyond the classroom, experience the unique campus life at Stanford. Explore the beautiful surroundings, and connect with like-minded peers who share your passion for medicine.

Our on-campus session is more than just a learning opportunity; it's a chance to fully immerse yourself in the world of medicine within the prestigious Stanford University campus. It's a journey of personal growth, professional development, and unforgettable memories.


Summer Virtual Learning via Zoom

Unlock the World of Medicine from Anywhere with Our Virtual Program

Are you ready to embark on an exciting journey into the world of medicine, all from the comfort of your own space? Our virtual program at CSI offers a unique opportunity to learn, practice, and excel in the medical field, no matter where you are.

What You'll Experience in Our Virtual Program:

  1. Patient-Centered Approach: Our program empowers you to approach patients and their health concerns with empathy and precision. You'll develop the skills needed to listen, diagnose, and treat, just like a seasoned medical professional.

  2. Hands-On Learning: Through immersive virtual sessions, you'll conduct a thorough physical examination. But that's not all; our small group format challenges you with real medical cases. Can you develop a differential diagnosis and create a treatment plan under pressure? Our program will put your skills to the test.

  3. Expert Guidance: Join sessions with Stanford faculty and doctors, where you'll have the incredible opportunity to dissect, practice knot-tying, administer injections, and even master the art of suturing a laceration. Learn directly from the best in the field.

  4. A Day in the Life: Get a sneak peek into the daily lives of medical specialists through our "A Day in the Life of..." sessions. Hear from experts across various disciplines, gaining insights into their roles, challenges, and triumphs.

  5. Case Challenge Presentations: As a CSI student, you'll collaborate with your peers to deliver themed group presentations. Dive deep into preassigned topics that are relevant to your medical mystery case, fostering teamwork, critical thinking, and communication skills.

Our virtual program at CSI is designed to provide you with a comprehensive and engaging medical education experience, all accessible from your computer. We believe that learning should be interactive, hands-on, and tailored to your needs, and our virtual program delivers just that.

10-Week Virtual Fall Intensive

Elevate Your Medical Journey with the Fall Intensive Program

Our Fall Intensive Program at CSI offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to excel in the medical field.

  1. Patient Focus: Students will have the opportunity to learn how to take histories from patients, perform physical exams, create a differential diagnosis, and think critically to diagnose and treat complex medical cases.

  2. Interactive Sessions: Dive into dynamic sessions including an introductory course, history taking and clinical case practice, vital signs and physical exam lectures, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, pulmonary case presentations, and many more. Each session is carefully designed to build your expertise.

  3. Group Activities: Collaborative problem-solving is essential in the medical field. Our program also offers group activities designed to simulate the collaborative problem solving required in the medical field. These group activities will provide a challenging and rewarding experience for our students, preparing them for the realities of medical practice.

  4. Expert Mentorship: Throughout the program, students will receive direct mentorship from Stanford School of Medicine faculty, who will guide them through the curriculum and provide expert insights into the medical profession.

  5. Individualized Learning: With a class size limited to 24 students (age 16+), our program ensures a highly individualized learning experience. The small class size allows you to engage closely with instructors and peers, fostering a collaborative and supportive learning environment.

  6. Online Flexibility: The sessions are delivered in an online format via Zoom, allowing students to participate from anywhere in the world. Experience world-class medical education without geographical limitations.

We believe that the Stanford CSI Fall Intensive is an excellent investment in your future. It provides you with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the medical field, giving you a competitive edge in your academic journey.