The Capstone program dedicates approximately three months of the post-clerkship period to participation in a unique experience, designed to promote self-directed discovery and advanced scientific inquiry. Interested students will be encouraged to explore potential Capstone opportunities and communicate with the elective mentors and Capstone Director near the end of their last clerkship block and during the board preparation period. They will apply for specific capstone opportunities during the first month of the BBB period. They will be notified of their selection and paired with the appropriate faculty mentor prior to completion of this period so that they can plan their electives accordingly. Capstone projects must focus on a basic science, clinical, global/public health, educational, or self-initiated theme, tailored to an individual student's interest.
The Capstone project itself is student-selected and implemented, and will be formally assessed upon completion. With guidance from the Office of Student Affairs, students and faculty will work together to ensure adequate progression on Capstone objectives as participating students progress through their final months of medical school. Once students are selected for a Capstone activity, they will work with their faculty mentor and the Capstone Director to prepare a brief Capstone plan and co-ordinate any preparatory requirements, and subsequent execution of the Capstone activity. Each individual area of interest is reviewed by a track-specific advisory group who will review these plans and will provide additional general advice to students, along with the Capstone Director and their assistant(s). Successful completion of a Capstone project will include a final public presentation (poster, podium presentation, or academic paper) that details the experiment or process conducted and the results obtained.