Summer Medical Student Internship
Summer Internship Program For First Year Medical Students
The Center for Healthcare Improvement & Patient Safety offers an internship opportunity for first year medical students at Perelman School of Medicine. During the 6 - 8 week program, the selected candidate receives an introduction to the field of healthcare quality and safety, and participates in a quality improvement research project under the direction of a fellow or faculty member. Compensation is a $3,000 stipend.
Eligibility and Application Process
Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and their CVs to Stacey Riley at Stacey.Riley@pennmedicine.upenn.edu and will be contacted for an interview.
Applications for the 2018 CHIPS Summer Internship with be accepted until February 28th, 2017. Interviews will be scheduled in March 2018 with decisions made by March 31, 2018.
Any questions should be directed to Dr. Jennifer Myers.
“I participated in the CHIPS internship program in the summer of 2017. Through the program, I had the opportunity to delve into research related to quality improvement and patient safety. Faculty mentors supported me every step of the way as I pursued my project - from brainstorming to implementation, to writing an abstract that I am submitting to the AAMC Integrating Quality Conference. My project centered around the following question: how can the hospital improve follow-up communication to residents in response to safety event reports that have been submitted through the hospital's electronic reporting system? Improving such communication is key to encouraging residents to file safety reports and to improving the overall culture of safety in the hospital. My summer was varied and stimulating. I had the flexibility to explore the nuts and bolts of how quality and safety are addressed at different levels in the hospital system, from the highest administrative level to the floors. I also received incredible mentorship and sponsorship from faculty. A highlight of the summer was participating in a two-day bootcamp course on the foundations of this cutting edge field. I learned that quality improvement and patient safety frameworks are increasingly recognized around the country as important ways to improve patient care. One aspect of the field I enjoyed most this summer was seeing how ideas can be systematically turned into action with direct patient benefit within a relatively short timeline. I feel fortunate to have received this training and exposure as a medical student, and I am confident that the skills I gained over the summer will influence the direction of my career going forward.” – Mika Schwartz, 2017 CHIPS Summer Intern
"My summer experience as the CHIPS summer intern can be broken down into three components: education, research, and mentorship. I had the opportunity to join the QI residents' two day bootcamp in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety gaining exposure to the models and approaches that have been used by companies like Motorola and Toyota and now are being used to tackle healthcare problems. My main research focus over the summer was trying to answer the following questions: After discharge from the hospital, are patients attending their follow-up appointments? Our research elucidated that of the 10,000 follow-up appointments scheduled last year at HUP, roughly 50% were attended, 30% were cancelled, and 20% were no-showed. The obvious question then became, why? We then contacted patients who had cancelled and no-showed and tried to distill down to the find a few key drivers. We took our findings, applied for, and received the Innovator's Accelerator Grant through the Center for Healthcare Innovation. We have turned our work into an abstract that has been submitted to the Society of Hospital Medicine and are in the process of drafting a manuscript. I also had a hand in two other research projects over the summer: decreasing the pain associated with subcutaneous heparin injections and outcomes of a sedation pathway in a pediatric ICU. Throughout the whole experience, I had the opportunity to build mentoring relationships with clinical and research faculty. All of the people who had a hand in my summer from the people in the office to the people on the floor really made the experience incredible!" - Alexander Suarez, 2015 CHIPS Summer Intern
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