During medical school, students are confronted with an amazing array of questions while studying a set of complex subjects. First, there are the basic sciences. Then comes an introduction to clinical medicine. Then students rotate through a myriad of specialties, each with a broad expanse of subject matter and defined, specific skills.
Some of the most frequently asked questions include...
- Who can help me with best strategies for optimal learning?
- Where am I headed? What do I want to do?
- What is the difference between studying for the tests and lifelong learning for my future as a physician?
- Am I really getting as much out of my medical school experience as I possibly can?
- I don't know much about research. How can I learn more about opportunities that interest me?
- I am interested in teaching. How can I learn about teaching in medicine?
- I have finished my clerkships, but am I ready for my fourth year?
- I don't know which specialty I enjoy the most. How will I decide?
- What is involved in preparing to apply and interview for residency?
- Have I stopped to reflect on what I've learned so far?
Our intersessions program seeks to guide you as you search for answers to some of these challenging questions that all students face during medical school as they look to the future.
The student intersession in June is incorporated into the 36th Annual Florida Suncoast Pediatric Conference, which is designed to provide state-of-the-art information on current trends in pediatrics and its specialties. Attendees will hear from nationally recognized specialists and learn about the services of All Children's Hospital while enjoying the beautiful and relaxing tropical setting of The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. This conference agenda has been specifically developed with a special track just for students as well as topics that address the needs of both the busy physician who is new to practice and the seasoned pediatrician and general practitioner.
Our Visiting Student Intersessions Program for Medical Students at ACH JHM seeks medical students who wish to actively explore these challenging questions in a week long immersion experience with our talented faculty and staff. We invite you and your fellow students to explore the information that outlines our innovative program in student professional development at www.allkids.org/ome.
Our program will facilitate your discovery of what is required to become a future leader in medicine as you look to residency and beyond. At ACH JHM, you will find faculty, staff, leaders and mentors who will passionately invest their time, energy and expertise to guide you on your journey to becoming the best medical student that you can be now, and the best physician that you can be in the future.
We hope that you will plan to join us for an intersession between the rigors of your medical school's academic schedule. When you arrive, you will find a resourceful, innovative, and rejuvenating approach to medical education and mentorship that will allow you to reach new levels of personal and professional success. The environment at ACH JHM is unique and exciting. We look forward to seeing you soon in beautiful Downtown St. Petersburg located between Tampa Bay and the magnificent Suncoast of Florida.
On behalf of the faculty at ACH JHM,
Chad K. Brands, MD
Raquel G. Hernandez, MD, MPH
Office of Medical Education
An overview of our innovative approach to medical education is found in the video presentation on the homepage.
Please review this exciting Intersessions opportunity and share it with your student colleagues. The program is an on campus program developed by the Office of Medical Education at ACH JHM specifically designed for medical students interested in becoming future leaders in medicine. Medical students in any year of study leading to the MD degree can apply for one of the program's intersessions that will conveniently fit into the academic year schedule.
Students are also encouraged to review detailed information on the program in this guide to the program then share it with their student colleagues.
The student intersessions program at ACH JHM is a visiting student professional development program which seeks to further enrich the lives of medical students who actively engage in the challenges and opportunities of preparing personally, academically and professionally for future leadership roles in academic medicine. We expect that this valuable session will promote you answering some of these important questions. Areas that will be explored during intersessions include the following:
- Boot camp of basic pediatric skills
- Clinical exposure
- Faculty Mentorship
- Career Counseling
- Clinical Medicine
- Cardiovascular Science
- Medical Education
- Emergency medicine
- Neonatal Intensive Care
- Pediatric Intensive Care
The Student Intersessions Program at ACH JHM is open to medical students world wide. The program encourages applications from medical students who aspire to be future leaders in medicine. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis after submission.
Program Scheduling and Format
The program is a week long (or alternatively 2 or 4 week blocks as determined by your schedule and ours) program designed as an intersession to fit into the seasonal breaks that most medical schools allow their students during the course of the academic year. The program seeks to promote active lifelong learning and dynamic faculty mentorship to enhance students' personal, academic, career and professional development.
Scholarships are available. Medical students who are full-time incoming first, second and third year students (as of July 1, 2012) enrolled in good standing at any medical school in the world are eligible to apply as part of the application process. Applications will be reviewed for selection into the program and scholarship awards simultaneously.
The Program is seeking enthusiastic students who hope to become tomorrow's leaders in the medical arts and sciences. We offer a number of tracks for the intersession experiences. We look forward to reviewing your application.
Each student will be assigned to a mentor best suited to facilitate learning and career development based on the student's application. Students will work on project(s) with the assigned mentor during the week and participate in clinical activities in a variety of settings including the ambulatory clinics, inpatient services, procedural suites, operating rooms, clinical research units, and basic science/bench research units.
Background information on the mentor's work and areas of expertise will be provided to the student in advance.
Reading materials and resources will be sent to student participants before the intersession begins.