CCPA 2019 Summer Series: Tufts Medical Center

CCPA 2019 Summer Series: Tufts Medical Center

Good morning! My name is Sarah Curtis (’20, she/her/hers) and I am a rising senior and biology major. This summer I am sponsored by the Jaharis Fellowship to work in primary care at Tufts Medical Center (Boston, MA). I’m going to take you through an average day of work today, so sit down and strap in! 11:30 am: Arrive at Downtown Crossing Train Station. I clip on my Tufts Employee badge and make my way through bustling downtown Boston, to Tufts Medical Center main hospital. On my way I pass through Chinatown to pick up bubble tea. Outside the tea shop, I run into one of the Mandarin-speaking patients that I see in the primary care office. We do not speak the same language, but we smile at each other in recognition. Tufts serves the diverse immigrant communities in Boston, and through my time at the hospital I have learned a great deal about the demographics of my home city.   12:00 pm: I make my way over to the Outpatient Services building. Sipping on my bubble tea, I climb three flights of stairs and make my way across the indoor “bridge” that separates inpatient and outpatient services. With my badge on, nurses and physicians smile and me, and I feel inducted into the special world of the who have studied the mysteries of the human body. I also make sure to greet every patient I see. I do not know why they wander through the hospital today- maybe to get routine blood work, or have come in for a dose of chemotherapy- but I do know that a smile can really...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: AIDS Institute of the New York State Department of Health

CCPA Summer Series 2019: AIDS Institute of the New York State Department of Health

By Lillian Alonzo I currently work at the AIDS Institute of the New York State Department of Health. I work within the Center for Quality Improvement and Innovation (CQII) as a part of the Office of the Medical Director (OMD). Every day I work to help further end health disparities through the ECHO Collaborative, a HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program initiative focused on increasing viral suppression in four subpopulations identified as having the greatest disparities in viral suppression. These subpopulations are MSM of color, Youth, Black/African-American and Latino women, and Transgender people. The CQII’s role within the AIDS Institute is to help the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program’s structure and implement quality improvement projects. Such projects can include, but are not limited to, care continuity, addressing and combating stigma within partnered clinics, and helping set up diversity training for health providers and their staff. While working with CQII, I engage in projects aiming to improve the process and quality of care received by the before stated subpopulations around the country. Through regular meetings with health providers, quality improvement coaches, and people living with HIV (PLWH), I have been able to learn about the intersection of quality improvement, medical care, and technological innovation. The Collaborative will inform clinics around the nation, and possibly the globe, on how to utilize telecommunication for quality improvement in regards to healthcare. Some projects I am currently in charge of are drafting a manuscript about the Collaborative and its successes for future publishing, a Change Package consisting of all the initiatives enacted by community partners and health providers within the Collaborative, and a collection of best...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: ReachOut

CCPA Summer Series 2019: ReachOut

By Devi Namboodiri Hey! I am Devi Namboodiri, she/her/hers, and I am a rising junior. In this blog, I’ll go over my internship details and at the end, show in a video how to take some vital signs! This summer, I am very grateful for the sponsorship of the Jaharis Scholarship. Through this funding, I am working at a free clinic in Dayton, Ohio called ReachOut of Montgomery County.  ReachOut does vital work in the community: many people come in seeking more affordable health care which can be hard to find. I joined ReachOut because I wanted to become a part of the process to help people in need feel better. There are many nurses, doctors, pharmacists and training professionals who come volunteer their time for this same cause.    As a pre-med volunteer, I still get to do a lot in the clinic. Our shifts are generally 5 hours at a time, which are during the walk-in hours of the clinic. The first, longer part of the shift is my favorite: triaging. This is a process where the clinic assesses the relative urgencies of treatment for the patients that come for walk-in appointments. This is done differently if the patient is new or returning. For new patients and returning patients that have not come for about a year, the first step is taking the medical histories and records. This is to inform the clinic of any chronic diseases and current medication that might cause complications or cause worse symptoms if left untreated. Next, we evaluate the chief complaint: the reason or reasons for the visit. Next, some measures of a...
Winter Break Planning for Pre-Health Students

Winter Break Planning for Pre-Health Students

Winter Break Planning for Pre-Health Students By Jodi Domsky As fall semester winds down, I wanted to share some information about winter break ideas for a variety of topics including spring semester, summer internships, gap year jobs for graduating seniors, and tasks you can work on if you are applying to med school or taking the MCAT this summer. Health-Related Opportunities for Spring Semester Winter break is a good time to look into setting up a clinical or research volunteer position/internship for spring semester if your schedule allows. This link will give you a helpful overview of how to get started. The Bryn Mawr College Civic Engagement Office (CEO) directory of health care volunteer opportunities in the Mainline and Philadelphia area.  In addition, our CPGC Office has an interactive map on their website that you may find useful. Summer Internships  Winter break is a good time to explore options for summer internships and volunteer opportunities. Sophomores and juniors can work on application materials for College Sponsored Internships. The internship that I manage is the Jaharis Summer Primary Care Internship Program.  To be eligible for the Jaharis internship you need to find your own site, and that may take a while. The application deadline is February 17, 2019.  Applications can be submitted even if you still have not confirmed the clinical setting by February 17. If you need more information on potential site liaisons please email Leslie Wood at lwood@haverford.edu. Other ideas are to explore hospital volunteer opportunities, EMT, phlebotomy or hospice training programs, and/or research opportunities near your home. Gap Year Jobs for Seniors There are several events in the spring coordinated by CCPA that you may find helpful in your job search. Register now for the Tri-College Recruiting Day and...
CCPA Summer Series 2018: Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF)

CCPA Summer Series 2018: Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF)

By Sarah Svetec This summer I am working in the role of a research/data analyst, which might not be the first thing you would think a pre-medicine student would pursue as a summer internship. My summer internship, sponsored by the Whitehead Internship Program, is at the Health Care Improvement Foundation. I sought out this opportunity because I wanted to broaden my perspective on health care in order to contribute to my efforts to hopefully become a well-rounded physician one day. The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) is a non-profit organization in Philadelphia that works to facilitate the collaboration of major health care stakeholders in order to improve the quality, transparency, consistency and affordability of health care. HCIF has two main branches, one focusing on population health and the other on clinical improvement. At HCIF I do most of my work with a Haverford alum, Bret Marlowe, who works with everything data-related on three main projects. I assist Bret as well as other team members with project design, data analysis, report writing, website development and event organization for these projects. The three projects I work on include the Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance, which is an initiative of HCIF that brings together hospitals, physicians, and health plans to improve quality of care and publicly report health care performance, CPR Ready, a Philadelphia area campaign to increase bystander CPR and cardiac arrest survival rates, and finally, the Pennsylvania Urologic Regional Collaborative, a quality improvement initiative that brings urology practices together in a physician-led, data-sharing collaborative aimed at advancing the quality of diagnosis and care for men with prostate cancer. One of...