Description of Capstones Course

  • First- and second-year medical students take part in capstones clinical experience weeks, which typically occur immediately following each organ/system based block. Capstones weeks provide students with innovative and clinically focused observational learning experiences in hospital, clinic and laboratory settings, which reinforce content from the preceding organ/system-based block.
  • The capstone course is one of the many unique innovations that sets the  College of Medicine - Phoenix apart from most other medical schools.
  • The timing of the capstone clinical experience is supportive of early exploration of possible career paths.
  • The capstones schedule is learner-centered. Students can select from three major categories for each capstone week based on their own learning goals. For example, a cardiology experience could be outpatient clinic, hospital-based procedural (cath lab, electrophysiology, stress testing), surgery-based (cardiovascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery), adult- or pediatric-focused -- all depending on a student's interests.
  • In addition to the organ/system-based blocks, students are engaging in learning related to important themes.

Sample Capstone Experiences