Perspectives from CSI Participants
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 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 have been enjoying myself so much for the past week! I have learned so much and even though I was really worried about the course being not great over zoom it has far exceeded my expectations! I wish I was able to connect with the other students more, but it is very difficult to do that through a computer. Also thank you to all of the instructors for being so nice and organized! You are all doing a great job under very trying circumstances and this is undoubtedly the highlight of my summer. I can't wait for a great second week!"
“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."