Bellevue Project Healthcare

Overview

Project Healthcare is an immersive and intensive summer volunteer program for enthusiastic, inspired, and dedicated undergraduate, graduate, recent graduates (within 2 years) and post-baccalaureate students interested in healthcare. PHC is an unprecedented healthcare experience offered to non-medical students. PHC offers a comprehensive view into emergency medicine, providing participants with a unique and authentic healthcare experience, and the exposure they need to make educated career choices. Participants rotate through various clinical areas of the Bellevue Hospital Center Emergency Department: Adult, Pediatric, and Psychiatric Emergency Rooms; Emergency Ward/Trauma ICU; Urgent Care; Social Work offices; Operating Room; Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Social Safety Net Clinic and Case Management; and join the FDNY for an ambulance ride-along. At the start of the program, participants are paired with a Resident Mentor, whom they shadow and gain professional guidance from throughout the summer. Participants engage with the greater Bellevue and NYC communities by organizing a community health fair, presenting end-of-summer projects to NYU/Bellevue faculty and staff, and volunteering for optional programs, such as Bellevue's Reach Out and Read program (ROAR). Note, all aspects of Project Healthcare can be subject to change before and during the program (save for rotations in the Emergency Department).

Weekly meetings/lectures are a staple of Project Healthcare (modeled to reflect a current medical curriculum). The meetings contain 5 components (Guest Speaker, Objective, Activity, Reading Materials and Discussion). These meetings aim to create cohesion with what participants experience on shift and contain various educational components – bridging current Emergency Medicine practice with classroom learning. Additionally, these meetings provide participants with the opportunity to discuss medical issues in the community, reflect on shift experiences with 65 PHC peers, and hear from accomplished speakers. These speakers (such as NYU and Bellevue faculty and staff, authors, administrators, residents, and medical students) speak to topics within an extensive curriculum, including Homelessness in the ED, Quality and Safety Metrics, Healthcare Management and Policy, Education in Healthcare, and Diversity in Medicine. The meetings are punctuated by a Social Medicine course taught by an attending physician from NYU Langone Health.

Requirements

Project Healthcare is a very demanding summer program, requiring a great deal of commitment from the participants. The 2020 program will begin on Monday, June 1st and end Friday, August 7th for a total of 10 weeks. Participants must be present for the entire duration of Project Healthcare (i.e. From Monday, June 3rd until Friday, August 9th).

The first week of the program provides an extensive five-day orientation that includes an introduction to the Bellevue Hospital Emergency Department and additional rotation areas, informational lectures from the Chiefs of Service and/or other representatives from each department, possible CPR certification and other trainings and courses necessary to work at Bellevue Hospital. For the remaining nine weeks of the program, participants can expect to work on average 25 hours a week in scheduled shifts, and should plan on working additional hours to prepare health fair and end-of-summer projects. Participants are also required to attend the weekly meetings/lectures.

Participants receive their shift schedule for the entire summer during orientation week. Project Healthcare mimics the intensity of a life in healthcare; participants are required to work nights, weekends, and holidays. Clinical rotations are divided into three 5-hour shifts: morning (8:00 AM – 1:00 PM), afternoon (1:00 PM – 6:00 PM), and evening (6:00 PM – 11:00 PM). Participants should expect to work at least 4 to 5 randomly assigned shifts per week. Special accommodations cannot be made for any participants whatsoever.

During shifts, participants perform structured tasks to assist doctors, nurses, social workers, patients, and administrators. These tasks include, but are not limited to, EKG assistance, making up stretchers, stocking supplies, and transporting patients. But most importantly, volunteers act as patient advocates, performing duties such as talking with patients, supporting patients, making phone calls on behalf of patients, monitoring patients’ length of stays, and interpreting. All of these tasks provide an invaluable service to Bellevue Hospital, while simultaneously offering participants the unparalleled opportunity to observe and assist with clinical care. Moreover, participants can guarantee to have an unparalleled hands-on experience and benefit from the culture and opportunities of our teaching hospitals.

If the Bellevue Project Healthcare schedule is too demanding for you, please consider our Brooklyn Project Healthcare program!

Housing/Compensation

Housing:

We are happy to offer NYU affiliated summer housing through New York University. The rate (for a shared apartment-style-dormitory will be $279 per week). Location will be finalized in February 2020 but will likely be in Union Square.

Compensation:

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to provide any stipends or travel reimbursements. We strongly encourage you to research possible opportunity grants, funding and scholarships at your respective universities and colleges. We are certainly able to fulfill any requirements on our end needed for participants to secure funding.

Application Process

The Project Healthcare 2020 application is now open! Please click here to apply!

The application will close Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.

All applications require a CV/Resume, Essay and two Letters of Recommendation.

Historically, Project Healthcare receives a large number of nation-wide applications per application cycle. The program offers interviews to 120 applicants and accepts 50-65 summer participants for both Bellevue and Brooklyn programs. Interviews will be held on March 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd, 2020. Interviews for both programs will take place at Bellevue Hospital Center. All interviews must be attended in person. Interviewees will be able to choose their preferred interview date.

We invite extremely mature, committed, and motivated applicants who fully accept the demands of Project Healthcare and will enthusiastically participate in all aspects of the program. We encourage applications not only from students with a strong interest in healthcare (aspiring doctors, nurses, nurse-practitioners, physician assistants, clinical psychologists/psychiatrists, clinical social workers, etc.), but also from students who are uncertain about pursuing a career in healthcare and/or non-traditional applicants.

Contact

For questions regarding Project Healthcare, please contact Program Manager, Anthony Orneta at BellevueProjectHealthCare@nyulangone.org