Applications are now open for the 2016 cohort of the Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative. Now in its third year, the program is an opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of students from schools across the country to learn about and practice our model of care coordination for frequently hospitalized patients with multiple complex medical and social conditions.

Students selected for the 2016 cohort will come together in Philadelphia for a kickoff meeting July 16, where they will learn about the practice of hotspotting from our staff members as well as program partners AAMC and Primary Care Progress. Back in their schools during the fall semester, students will follow a Coalition-created curriculum while putting their hotspotting skills into practice. Teams will seek out patients in their communities who show patterns of super-utilization and work with them to figure out and overcome their barriers to health.

Teams will receive mentorship and direction through monthly calls with preceptors, who include Coalition staff as well as partner providers doing high profile complex care management work nationwide. This year, in order to measure progress and increase collaboration, we have created a custom-built database for teams to track their patients and share information among team members. In January, teams will meet back up in Philadelphia to present summaries of their projects.

To apply for the 2016 cohort, students need to form multidisciplinary teams of five to six students, find three faculty advisors, and submit a project proposal and a letter of support from a dean. Faculty advisors must consist of a medical school advisor, a nursing advisor, and a social work advisor. Student teams are encouraged to be diverse as possible: generally teams consist of a combination of medical (MD or DO), nursing, social work, pharmacy, public health, and even business students.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis through April 29, with the last round of decision letters going out May 20. To learn more about the program, students and faculty can sign up for a live information webinar taking place Thursday, March 31 at 8-9pm EST.

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