Brooklyn Project Healthcare

Overview

We are happy to continue Brooklyn Project Healthcare which held its inaugural year summer 2018.

Brooklyn Project Healthcare is directly modeled after Bellevue Project Healthcare with a few big differences. The main difference is that Brooklyn Project Healthcare takes place at NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn (formerly Lutheran Medical Center) in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The other notable differences are the schedule and class size. Brooklyn Project Healthcare maintains a set schedule and a significantly smaller class size (no more than 15 students). It similarly reflects a strong commitment to exposing undergraduate, graduate, recent graduates (within 2 years) and post-baccalaureate students to the field of emergency medicine. It parallels Bellevue Project Healthcare in intensity and extent of immersion, and seeks to provide participants with an equally enlightening and comprehensive healthcare experience. However, Project Healthcare Brooklyn is specifically designed for those who demonstrate a keen interest and benefit in learning in a smaller, more intimate group setting. Participants will also volunteer on a fixed schedule, volunteering Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. During these shifts, they will rotate through one of many clinical areas in the Emergency Department at NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn: Adult, Pediatric, and Psychiatric Emergency Rooms; Triage; Social Work; Community Health Worker offices; Operating Room; Catheterization Lab/Interventional Radiology Suite; and Emergency Medical Services (EMS), where they will have the chance to join NYU EMTs on ambulance ride-alongs. Participants will perform the same structured tasks as Bellevue Hospital Center, which include making stretchers, stocking supplies, and serving the important role of patient advocate. As patient advocates, volunteers may spend their shift times speaking to patients, supporting them, making phone calls on their behalf, monitoring their length of stay, and helping with interpretation. They would be providing an invaluable service to NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn while receiving a vast range of clinical experiences as they assist doctors, nurses, social workers, community health workers, patients, and administrators. Note, all aspects of Project Healthcare can be subject to change before and during the program (save for rotations in the Emergency Department).

Participants will additionally be paired with a Resident Mentor, whom they will shadow at NYU Tisch Hospital and receive professional guidance from throughout their summer and even beyond. Although participants will find themselves mostly at NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn, they too will have the chance to engage with the greater Bellevue and NYC communities. They will help organize the annual Bellevue Hospital Health Fair and present end-of-summer projects to NYU Tisch Hospital, Bellevue Hospital Center, and NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn staff.

Project Healthcare Brooklyn participants also attend the weekly meetings and lectures organized for the Project Healthcare programs at Bellevue Hospital. They will have the opportunity to discuss medical issues within the communities respective to each site, reflect on shift experiences, and hear from the same accomplished speakers. Participants also attend the Social Medicine course taught by an attending physician.

Weekly meetings/lectures are a staple of Project Healthcare (modeled to reflect a current medical student 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 Project Healthcare 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 the Bellevue Emergency Department.

Requirements

Project Healthcare is a very demanding summer program, requiring a great deal of commitment from the participants. The 2020 program will begin on June 8th and end August 7th, for a total of 9 weeks. Participants must be present for the entire duration of Project Healthcare (i.e. From Monday, June 8th until Friday, August 7th).

The first week of the program provides an extensive five-day orientation that includes an introduction to the NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn Emergency Department additional rotation areas, informational lectures from the chiefs and/or other representatives from each department, CPR certification and other trainings and courses necessary to work at NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn. For the remaining eight 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.

As mentioned, participants will work Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10: 00 AM - 3:00 PM at NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn and will attend a weekly Project Healthcare meeting every Tuesday from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Participants may be given the opportunity to work additional evening shifts and overnight shifts. Project Healthcare mimics the intensity of a life in healthcare; participants may be required to work holidays. 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, 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 NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn, 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.

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 Brooklyn Project Healthcare, please contact Program Manager, Anthony Orneta at BrooklynProjectHealthCare@nyulangone.org