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St. Louis Integrated Health Network – Summer Internship

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Washington University School of Medicine has partnered with St. Louis University School of Medicine to develop a cross-school elective experience for first-year medical students. This experience will be focused on our region’s medically underserved and uninsured, and will expose students to the St. Louis safety-net, the Integrated Health Network, the Community Referral Coordinator program as well as include limited clinical shadowing.

We are recruiting one medical student from each school who will assist with this project for six weeks beginning early summer. Medical student interns will be directly involved in development of a Fall 2016 elective experience for first-year medical students from both institutions, including recruitment of students and evaluation of the program. Interns will be exposed to several leaders including curriculum deans at the schools as well as executive leadership of the Integrated Health Network.

The medical student interns will play a key role in the development and promotion of the Students as Coaches: Navigating the St. Louis Safety-Net Health Care System elective at both Saint Louis University School of Medicine and Washington University School of Medicine. Students will be directly involved in development of the Fall 2016 elective, design of program evaluation plan, and recruiting other students to participate. A unique component of this internship opportunity is that students from both universities will work in collaboration to complement the existing academic and clinical studies at each institution. This experience will also expose students to the St. Louis safety-net, the Integrated Health Network, the Community Referral Coordinator program and include limited clinical shadowing.

Qualifications

The opportunity is open to any first- or second-year medical student interested in community health, primary care or emergency medicine, inter-professional collaborative care, experiential learning, program development, inter-university collaboration, and strengthening the system of care for vulnerable patients to improve individual and population health outcomes in the St. Louis region.

Time frame: 6 weeks, beginning early summer

Stipend: $1,600 per student (2 students total, 1 from SLU and 1 from WU)

Application instructions: Please send resume and letter of interest to:

Michael M. Awad, MD, PhD, FACS
Associate Dean, Medical Student Education
Director, Washington University Institute for Surgical Education
Washington University School of Medicine
awadm@wustl.edu

Background

The St. Louis Integrated Health Network (IHN) is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to strive for quality, accessible and affordable healthcare services of all residents of Metropolitan St. Louis, with an emphasis on the medically underserved and uninsured. The IHN is designed to address systemic barriers and create innovative solutions to the region’s safety net health care system through programmatic and collaborative quality initiatives.

The network is comprised of seven organizations that provide healthcare to residents in the City of St. Louis:

  • Betty Jean Kerry People’s Health Centers
  • Family Care Health Centers
  • Grace Hill Health Centers
  • Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers
  • Washington University School of Medicine
  • Saint Louis University School of Medicine

In addition, St. Louis County Department of Health and Crider Health Centers are members of the IHN supporting care to the urban core and throughout the Metropolitan St. Louis region.

The IHN works with the area’s largest hospitals to connect individuals who utilize area emergency rooms as their primary source of medical care with primary care homes in the network through the Community Referral Coordinator program.

Community Referral Coordinators (CRCs) meet with Emergency Department and/or admitted Hospital patients to

  • Provide education regarding availability of primary, specialty, behavioral health and urgent care services
  • Offer patients a choice of primary care homes
  • Assist with scheduling follow-up appointments and arranging transportation/support services as needed

The CRCs play a critical role in connecting patients to needed community resources and assisting with system navigation.