Perspectives from CSI Participants
Looking to step out of his comfort zone, Brevyn shares his experience with the Stanford Clinical Summer Internship Program. Despite initial nerves, he found the program to be challenging in all the right ways, and relished the opportunity to learn something new every day for two weeks. In this testimonial, he shares his favorite moments and reflects on how the program helped him grow both academically and personally. Tune in to hear from this ambitious young scholar and learn more about the transformative impact of the CSI program.
In this video, we hear from Oliver, a first-generation college student who attended the Stanford Clinical Summer Internship. Oliver shares how the program was an eye-opening experience for him, as he was able to see firsthand the different roles and responsibilities of healthcare providers.
Gracie Schuh discusses how virtual CSI exceeded her expectations and she learnt more in two weeks with hands-on activities alongside Stanford Medical residents and instructors than in entire quarter at school. Gracie enjoyed role-playing as a physician and being challenged to diagnose a case.
Nitya Devisetti shares her eye-opening experience at virtual CSI with its unparalleled curriculum and diverse hands-on activities. Nitya describes the exposure to variety of paths and her awe at the scope of accomplished practicioners who represented their fields during CSI.
Madison Dewar shares her great experience even in an online format. Madison describes the thorough content and the ability to develop connections. She also sheds light on her changed perspective after CSI in making a career choice in family medicine over orthopedics or pediatrics.
CSI Scholarship Recepient Mark Lewis shares his experience.
Elizabeth Zhou shares her on-site experience at CSI
CSI alumni Meera Kahyap shares her onsite experience at CSI
“I have learned immeasurably more than I could have imagined through this program. The workshops, lectures and hands on experience have been extremely transformative and the guidance that I have received was greatly appreciated. I am thankful for everyone who has poured into me during this program and I will always remember and cherish the lasting impact that CSI has made in my life!”
"I have had an amazing experience learning from so many amazing physicians and have gotten awesome hands on experience in suturing, knot-tying, emergency medicine, dissecting, and more! This program has made me more interested in medicine and shown me specific specialties that I would like to explore further."
"I attended the first session of the Stanford Clinical Summer Internship, and my time spent during those two weeks was beyond a doubt, impactful. It was a life-changing experience. For not even a single second did I experience boredom. I was constantly on the edge of my seat yearning for more science!. The immersive program has shielded me with useful information, curiosity, and a drive to succeed. All of the aforementioned would not have been possible without your support for students like me."
"This program was an incredible experience because I learned some amazing clinical skills from the amazing directors like Dr. Khemani & Dr. Weinlander & the PA/Med students and heard some very inspirational stories from highly respected doctors in the field. This was a once in a lifetime experience especially because some of these doctors have crazy busy schedules & well-known professionals that I might not ever find anywhere else. Consequently, I hope to use this valuable knowledge and advice for my future plans in the medical field as a nurse practitioner. All of this was only possible with your kind support and consideration for students like me who don’t have access to programs due to my financial situation."
“I wanted to attend CSI because I had this growing interest for medicine, but never had the opportunity to delve into medicine the way I wanted to. Attending CSI confirmed for me that medicine is the career path I want to take. I had such an amazing experience meeting professionals, speaking to students, and learning about cutting edge inventions and research. What I found was that all of the professionals were extremely friendly and willing to answer any and all questions. Although I was hesitant about the virtual platform at first, I believe that I was still fully able to reach out to individuals and make connections virtually. I was able to reach out through email and still get all of my questions answered. Additionally, the daily workouts helped to defeat zoom fatigue.
What I loved most about CSI was that each person I met genuinely cared about the future generation that I am apart of. Each individual wanted to answer every question and give their honest opinion and understandings. I would definitely recommend the program to any student who wants to learn more about medicine and see if it is the field for them. Even virtually, it was one of the most immersive experiences I’ve had with nonstop learning and activities for two weeks. I had an amazing time and would recommend the program to everyone with interest in medicine!"
“I’ve had such an enlightening experience at Stanford CSI! Each and every day is jam packed with new information, and I’ve found myself drawn to fields of medicine that I’d never really looked at previously. More specifically, suturing, OBGYN, and the heart dissection have been my favorite activities.”
“My experience at Stanford CSI was one of a kind. I was able to immerse myself in an environment that I’d like to thrive in the future, which created a perfect gateway for me to really understand life as a health care provider. The professionals I learned from and the students I met were unforgettable, and I’d recommend CSI to anyone interested in medicine!”
"The Stanford Clinical Summer Internship was an eye-opening experience. Through their various simulations, speakers, and activities, I was able to gain more insight and clarity in regards to the path I want to take towards a future career in medicine."
“Attending Stanford’s CSI program this summer was a transformative experience for me. Whether it was clinical shadowing opportunities we were given, cutting-edge technology like the anatomage table, or even the various detailed simulations we did, the fantastic resources and opportunities gave us an insight into medicine that I did not think I would get until my first months of medical school. I also learned that, for as scientific as it is, medicine is a discipline that is centered around its patients, and their comfort always comes first. Most importantly, I feel privileged to have made friendships that will last for years to come, and to have had inspirational mentors like Dr. Weinlander and Dr. Khemani. In every possible way, it was the experience of a lifetime.”
"My overall experience in the Stanford CSI 2020 program has been indescribably outstanding. I feel that the staff at Stanford CSI demonstrated such resilience, determination, and dedication that the internship overcame many, if not all, of the limitations inevitably arising from remote teaching. My experience was so memorable because of the presentations from specialized doctors and medical students. Each presentation included such a high level of advanced detail I felt I was truly receiving higher level learning that I would not be able to access until medical school. I loved how the presenters shared their own experiences, details, and insights that cannot be obtained merely from reading anatomy books, but only from years of patient and clinical interaction. Finally, I was so honored to be a part of this talented group of students. Their questions during lectures and the unimaginable passion each student demonstrated during his or her case presentations made me feel as if I was part of a coherent and closely connected community, strongly inspired by a desire to pursue medicine and use it to improve humanity’s future."