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...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: Clinica Universidad de Navarra

CCPA Summer Series 2019: Clinica Universidad de Navarra

Image: Anna-Sophia Capizzi and her host family during San Fermin (after seeing the running of the bulls).   By Anna-Sophia Capizzi For the past six weeks, I had the privilege of working in Pamplona, Spain, shadowing physicians in different medical fields at the University Clinic of Navarra. This internship came through a family connection. When my mom was younger she spent a significant amount of time in Spain both studying and working. She cultivated many friendships while in Spain and, for as long as I can remember, my family has hosted the children of my mother’s many Spanish friends. One of her friends, Dr. Jorge Baixauli, has, over the past 6 years, sent each of his four children to spend a summer at my home. Dr. Baixauli is a surgeon at the Clinic specializing in General and Digestive System surgery as well as proctology. He created this summer internship for me and offered to serve as my host and mentor at the University Clinic. Dr. Baixauli coordinated with several different medical departments so that I could shadow a range of physicians during their daily activities. He and his family have also graciously hosted me in their house during my stay. I observed pediatrics, neuro-pediatrics, gynecology, surgeries/internal medicine, and emergency medicine (in the ER). I spent between 5-7 days observing each field, but there were days when an interesting surgery was scheduled and I would reshuffle my schedule to observe it. On a typical day, the physicians started their shifts with a meeting to brief each other on how the overnight patients in urgent or intensive care progressed throughout the night. If...
Weekly Events: February 18-24

Weekly Events: February 18-24

We hope last night was a successful and productive plenary for everyone!  Here are the career events happening on and around campus this week!   Tuesday, February 19 Preparing Culturally Competent Teachers 8:00 p.m., Online, see link above. Wednesday, February 20 Introduction to Digital Photography: TechPlay Series 6:30 p.m., Stokes Hall 205 Urban Teachers Info Session 8:00 p.m., Online, see link above. Thursday, February 21 Museums Meet Up 4:30 p.m., Dorothy Vernon Room – New Dorm, Bryn Mawr College Friday, February 22 Sixth Annual Penn Law Sports Law Symposium 9:00 a.m., 3501 Sansom St, Philadelphia Fords on Friday – Chris Kluchman ’87 12:00 p.m., Stokes 300 Resumes, Cover Letters, LinkedIn 2:00 p.m., Faculty Dining Room- DC Saturday, February 23 A Day in the Life: A Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine 9:00 a.m., 5th Floor, 3400 Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia Google Kick Start Coding Competition 4:00 p.m., Online, see link...
Spring Break Externships- Apply by Jan 31!

Spring Break Externships- Apply by Jan 31!

Spring Break Externships are open to ALL students! Gain a firsthand glimpse into a career field of interest: Medicine, Law, Education, Arts, Business and more! Christina Brown with Extern Sponsor Judge Millett and the female clerks and interns in her courtroom. Emma Castiblanco, Extern Sponsor Dr. Jonathan Tobin, and Catherine Kim Shu Min He with extern sponsor Margaret at ACLU San Diego What students say about the program: “It was great!  It was invaluable for my professional and intellectual development and I would highly recommend it.” “It was amazing and my week shadowing was really valuable. I definitely feel I can make a more informed decision about my career because of this experience.” “A great opportunity and an excellent first stepping stone for many students.”   Apply by Thursday, January 31, 2019. No late applications will be accepted. Application for the Extern Program is a 3-STEP PROCESS: Research the extern opportunities. Pay special attention to the details the sponsors provided. Download the extern sponsor booklet. Upload your resume and Extern essay (“other document”), AND apply for the Extern Program in Handshake. Complete online preference form. *By applying to the Extern Program, you are making a commitment to participate. The HC CCPA & BMC CPD will be matching students and externsites, trying our best to give you one of your top six choices. This may not be possible in all cases.* More Information: Search Handshake for the “Extern Program” job or stop by our office (Stokes 300). List of Externship Opportunities For your convenience, here is a brief overview of the sponsors.   You MUST read the specific sponsor forms for details about the specific opportunity in the extern booklet.  The online form requires you to have the name of the sponsor, which you will find when you research the opportunities. Position Organization Location 5th Grade STEM Teacher New York...