This month, students from 20 universities across the country convened in Camden to share their experiences from the second year of the Student Hotspotting Mini-Grant Project. A collaboration led by the Camden Coalition, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and Primary Care Progress, the Student Hotspotting project guides inter-professional student teams to identify and engage high-utilizing patients in their own communities.

Over the last six months, the student teams received training from the Camden Coalition, Primary Care Progress, and AAMC to learn about the root causes of high health care utilization. Students also learned from the sponsors’ staff and additional preceptors about key principles of care for high-utilizing patients, such as harm reduction and building trust with patients and providers. Each team, which included clinical and non-clinical professionals, received up to $4000 in funding for their hotspotting work, matched by their associated university.

Teams and their faculty sponsors gathered in Camden on Saturday, January 9, to share their hotspotting experiences with other students and professionals from around the country. Attendees heard from keynote speaker Cindy Mann, the former deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services.

The Camden Coalition’s Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, Primary Care Progress’s Andrew Morris Singer, and AAMC’s Clese Erikson all led teamwork and leadership discussions and activities throughout the day.

“Seeing all the students and faculty together, sharing their experiences, is extraordinary,” said Victoria Sale, clinical director of Cross-Site Learning and Workforce Development at the Coalition. “The student hotspotters are not just learning skills, they are working together to create real system change.”

Read more about student hotspotting, and for more information contact Sarah Hogan at shogan@camdenhealth.org.

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