In addition to excellent academic preparation, students participate in a robust program of practical experiences coordinated by the HPM Director of External Relations. Following are brief descriptions of the professional advisory team, designated mentorship, residencies and the Executive In Residence.
PROFESSIONAL ADVISORY TEAM
The professional advisory team (in addition to the student’s academic advisor) is a virtual team that can assist in providing professional advice. The team for each student consists of the Mentor (designated by HPM), Residency Preceptor, Executive-in-Residence, Director of External Relations and additional mentors that the student acquires.
The purpose of the mentorship is to designate a healthcare executive as a mentor who is available, at the student's initiation, to discuss career development and professional matters. The designated mentor is the first member of the Professional Advisory Team that HPM constitutes for each student.
Most students participate in the matching process for a residency developed by HPM. Some students are accepted by nationally competitive summer residencies (e.g. Emory Clinic, Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic and Northwestern Memorial). Presentations by potential Preceptors regarding HPM opportunities occur in October.
- The extended residency is about 1,000 hours (part-time during the second semester of the first year, full-time during the summer and part-time during the second academic year). The application, interviewing, ranking and matching occur in the fall of the first year. Recent placements have been @ Allegheny Health Network, The Children’s Institute, Gateway Health Plan, UPMC and the VA.
- The summer residency is about 500 hours. The application, interviewing, ranking and matching occur in the spring of the first year. Recent placements have been @ Allegheny Health Network, The Children’s Institute, Gateway Health Plan, UPMC and Washington Hospital. Per OIS, international students should have been enrolled for two semesters prior to a compensated residency.
EXECUTIVE IN RESIDENCE
The Executive In Residence (EIR) enhances students’ contact with and knowledge about the world of practice. The EIR, a current healthcare executive, meets with all students a couple times each semester and meets individually with students as requested regarding career development, professionalism and leadership.