New York Methodist Hospital: Summer College Intensive Program
As a volunteer in NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital's Summer College Intensive Program (SCIP), you will gain the knowledge and experience that comes from direct patient care enriched by educational opportunities and training.
The SCIP program aims to enhance the quality of care that hospitalized patients receive. In addition, SCIP seeks to augment the education of future healthcare practitioners by immersing them in real world healthcare situations and guiding them to become competent and compassionate medical professionals.
As a SCIP participant, you will be engaged in the following:
- Direct patient care, 16 hours a week, for a minimum of 135 hours. Volunteers will round and respond to call bells, facilitate patient and family communication with healthcare teams, and assist with patients' meals.
- Educational opportunities, including lectures by leading healthcare practitioners and skill-building trainings. Past lectures have included physicians in radiation oncology, trauma surgery, and orthopedics. Trainings have included fall prevention training, empathic communication, and cultural competency.
- Optional experience, with additional shifts available in the Resident Evaluation Project, survey research, and other special projects.
- Optional extended experience, or "SCIP into the Fall,"—for participants able to make a six-month commitment (June-November), placements will be available in the following programs: Critical Care Connection, CHF-VIP, and Project Contact. Additional training for these programs will be required.
- The orientation session will be held on Monday, June 3rd at 11:00 am. Attendance is required.Training shifts will start on a rolling basis the first two weeks of June and volunteers must be prepared to begin the week of June 10th. SCIP participants must commit to four, four-hour shifts per week (with a minimum of 135 hours of service), in addition to attendance at lectures. Because this is a highly structured and scheduled program, students will not be granted any time off. Interested participants may extend their service through the end of the summer or into the fall.
- Attendance at all lectures is required. There will be at least six lectures. Lectures will be during weekday mornings only.
- All participants must be available to volunteer during weekday shifts.
- There will be a $10.00 non-refundable uniform fee collected at the start of the program.
The program begins with orientation on Monday, June 3rd. The program end date will be Friday, August 9th. Volunteers are encouraged to extend their service through the month of August if desired.
Patient care shifts will be scheduled Mondays through Fridays between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Shifts are 4 hours each (typically 8am-12pm, 12pm-4pm, 4pm-8pm). Participants will be able to choose their preferred shifts, with the exception of the mandatory lectures which will take place on weekday mornings.
Who Should Apply
We are looking for committed and well-rounded college juniors and seniors in pre-medical and nursing programs who are interested in service that will enrich their life, education, and future. Students graduating college in May 2019 are also welcome to apply.
Housing is not provided. Please apply only if you will have local accommodations. Parking is not provided and public transportation is recommended.
Selection of Participants
We select students based on their academic record, previous volunteer experience, seriousness of purpose, and ability to communicate effectively in writing and in interpersonal situations.
SCIP is a highly competitive program, with limited positions available. Be sure to highlight your interests and achievements in the "About you" section of the application.
Due to the high number of applications we receive, we are unable to acknowledge every applicant. Only those selected for an interview will receive an email acknowledgement. Interviews will take place during the month of March 2019.
If you are selected for an interview, you will be required to bring an unofficial transcript and resume. Please note that interviews are in-person only.
Students will be notified in early April if they have been accepted to the program.