Thirty one teams of students at 27 schools across the country have been accepted as the 2016-2017 Student Hotspotter cohort. These students will be the newest members of our Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative, a joint program of the Camden Coalition, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and Primary Care Progress.

Fundamental to our healthcare hotspotting model is the idea that caring for patients with complex medical and social needs requires an interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, social workers, and more to provide truly coordinated and patient-centered care. In order to become Student Hotspotters, we require that health care professional students form their own teams, made up of students from medical, nursing, social work, pharmacy, and business schools. This year, teams include students from fields as diverse as psychology, physical therapy, medical dietetics, and public health.

Each team has three faculty advisors: a medical school advisor, a nursing school advisor, and a social work school advisor. As over half of this year’s schools have participated in the program previously, many faculty advisors have seen multiple teams of students through the process of becoming hotspotters, and have become champions of the program at their schools.

“Value-based health care requires a patient-centered, team-based approach. It is imperative that we train the next generation of caregivers to work in such an environment,” said Dr. Randy Wexler, professor of Family Medicine at Ohio State University’s College of Medicine, who will be a faculty advisor of the Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative for the third time this year.

The accepted Student Hotspotter teams will come together July 16 for a kickoff event in Philadelphia. The day will be focused on intensive team dynamics training, based on the team building models of the Southcentral Foundation’s Nuka System of Care and 5 Dynamics cycle of success. After the kickoff, the students will return to their communities to find and work with the patients who are utilizing the most health care resources with the least results.

Another of our returning faculty advisors, Heather Davidson, Director at Vanderbilt School of Medicine’s Program of Interprofessional Learning, has seen how the hotspotting experience can transform young health professionals. “One of our students said, ‘we realized that no one was going to ‘fix’ the parts of the system that wasn’t working… we would have to figure out how to troubleshoot together,’” she recalls. “When I listen to the students present on their patients’ stories… I keep thinking that I’m listening to seasoned professionals— not novices.”

The 2016-2017 Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative includes teams from:

Thomas Jefferson University*
Case Western Reserve University*
Johns Hopkins*
Ohio State (2)*
Southern Illinois (2)*
SUNY Buffalo*
UNC Chapel Hill/Duke University*
UNC Charlotte (2)*
University of Washington (2)*
University of California – San Diego*
University of Chicago*
Rutgers University*
University of Minnesota*
Ponce Health Sciences University*
Drexel University
George Washington University
Harvard University
Rowan University, Osteopathic Med
Rowan University, Cooper
Commonwealth Medical College (2)
Uniformed Services University
Quinnipiac University
University of Houston
University of Nevada
University of Pennsylvania
University of Utah

*Returning schools

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