Shadowing (4 Weeks)
Students will spend four weeks during the month of June shadowing in an observation-only environment. Each week is spent with a different physician or medical department and lasts from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.* A list of participating specialties can be found below.
Student Lectures (Twice per week)
The first lecture includes guests speakers from the OR staff to discuss policies and procedures, librarians to assist with research, administrators to introduce HIPAA, representatives from medical initiatives in the Knoxville area, and physicians from various departments. Students will also be debriefed on their previous rotation experiences and have the opportunity to meet with their peers to discuss the research project.
The second lecture is strictly related to medical ethics. It is hosted by Dr. Annette Mendola, Assistant Professor and Chief, Division of Clinical Ethics.
There are additional shadowing opportunities for students who wish to experience life in the ER. During the four weeks of the Summer Lecture Series, students are allowed to shadow trauma doctors and residents on overnight rotations, including weekends.
If you would like to apply for the Medical Explorations Program, please visit our application page.
Below is a list of departments that have participated in Medical Explorations in the past. Physician participation is dependent on the schedule of the physician and the department.
Medical Explorations began in 1991 when then-West High School student Brooks Davis boldly asked vascular and transplant surgeon Dr. Mitchell Goldman to be her mentor after hearing him speak at West. Today, Davis is Dr. Brooks Hagee, a San Antonio-area pediatrician.
Over time, their idea developed into today's Medical Explorations program, in which more than 400 students have participated.
The Medical Explorations Program offers a stipend for qualifying students who want to take part in the program but because of financial obligations cannot afford to do so. These stipends are made available through a generous grant from the Cole Foundation along with other individual private donations.
If you are interested in supporting the Medical Explorations Program through a donation, please contact us via email, by phone at 865-305-9294, or visit the Donate Now website. Your support will ensure the Medical Explorations Program is available for all students wishing to learn more about a career in healthcare.
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