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Healthcare Exploration Program

The Northwell Health Healthcare Exploration Program at North Shore University Hospital is designed to expose the undergraduate college student to various careers in the medical field. Through a balanced 8-week curriculum, students will encounter a broad range of clinical services at a quaternary care medical center. Based on the student’s interest, students spend time shadowing Physicians, Surgeons, Nurses, Physician Assistants, and other Advanced Care Providers in the following clinical areas: Neurosciences, Cardiology, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine, Perioperative Services, Pediatrics/Neonatal ICU, Medicine, and Cancer Services. In addition to shadowing healthcare providers, students also have the opportunity to explore the medical education components of healthcare by attending Grand Rounds. While students do not provide direct patient care, they are encouraged throughout the process to ask questions, become engaged with the healthcare providers, and obtain their own mentor during their internship experience. 

Application Deadline: Applications must be electronically submitted by January 24th, 2020
Program Structure:
  • Rotations: During the eight weeks, students are exposed to healthcare providers at the patient’s bedside, in the operating room, procedural areas, during rehab, and the coordination of patient care. Students spend a week in each clinical area (Neurosciences, Cardiology, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine, Perioperative Services, Pediatrics/Neonatal ICU, Cancer Services, and Medicine) observing patient care through the lens of many different providers.

  • Didactic Sessions: As part of the internship experience, students have the opportunity to attend Grand Rounds and other educational forums, as determined appropriate by the rotation leaders. In addition, students will be provided with Lunch & Learn sessions in which a Hospital Executive will provide the student with an important understanding of the basic elements of hospital administration, leadership, organizational dynamics, and expertise from their field of work.

In order to be considered for the program, your application must be completed with an official transcript, letter of academic reference written on official school letterhead, and a letter of intent.