Community Health Professionals Mentorship Program

The Community Health Professionals Mentorship Program is offered each fall and spring to Cornell undergraduates seriously considering a career in the field of health care. This mentorship opportunity gives selected Cornell students the opportunity to observe – up close – some of the daily realities of health and wellness professions. Spending eight days total shadowing a Tompkins County health care provider (clinical, integrated, or allied health professional), students are connected with a mentor who can answer questions about opportunities in the diverse field of health and help prepare a student for one of these careers.

We believe students can benefit from connecting with a mentor who is involved in an entirely different health profession than what they hope or plan to pursue. Examples of current mentors include: pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, public health administrators, dentists, acupuncturists, nurse practitioners, chiropractors, and other health professionals.

Level of commitment 

Most students spend one half-day in an integrated health practice, observing organizational flow and patient contacts. A second half-day may be in an office setting or at Cayuga Medical Center observing surgery, procedures, and/or in-patient care.

Eligibility 

This program is a joint effort between Cornell Health and area health professionals. Eligible applicants may include members of the following undergraduate organizations:  

  • Alpha Epsilon Delta
  • Black Biomedical and Technical Association (BBMTA)
  • eMed, Society of Engineers in Medicine
  • College of AS Pre-Professional Health Association
  • Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (C-STEP)
  • Cornell Premedical Society
  • Cornell Student Society for Public Health
  • Cornell University Pre-Dental Society
  • Engineering World Health
  • Medical Entrepreneurship Society (CMES)
  • Minority Association of Premedical Students of SNMA at Cornell University (Cornell MAPS)
  • Pre-Professional Association Toward Careers in Health (PATCH)
  • Society for the Advancement of Excellence in Premedical Education (SAEPE)
  • Student Health Alliance at Cornell (SHAC)

Students who are not affiliated with the above organizations, but who are interested in pursuing a health profession, may also apply.  

Applications

The application process for Fall 2017 semester is now active. If you are interested in applying for the Fall 2017 semester, please complete the online application by May 1, 2017.

Training Requirement

Accepted applicants must attend a 3.5-hour mandatory daytime training/orientation session on Monday, August 21, 2017, 1:00 - 4:30pm. Location: 127 Cornell Health. (No exceptions to this training are possible).

Special Release Requirement

Students who are accepted into this program must agree to check the box on the application to authorize the release of disciplinary information on file in the Office of the Judicial Administrator and/or Cornell University Police Department.

Immunization Requirement

Students who are accepted into the program MUST complete the following requirements by Monday, August 7, 2017, in order to partake in this program. Those students who have not completed this immunization requirement will be ineligible to attend the training and will be excused from the program. All accepted students must log in to myCornellHealth, then click on "Immunizations." On the "Immunizations" page, there must documentation of each of the following immunizations (otherwise, you must call a Cornell Health Nurse Manager who can be reached at 607-255-7067 to discuss these requirements).
 
REQUIRED: Dated documentation of ...

  • 2 MMRs (measles, mumps, rubella) OR documentation of a positive titer to measles, mumps, and rubella.
  • 2 varicella vaccines (chicken pox), OR a verified history by your doctor of the disease of chicken pox, OR a documented titer to chicken pox.
  • 2 PPDs (skin test for Tuberculosis). For the Fall 2017, program, administration of these PPD skin tests must take place after November 15, 2016. You can receive these tests at Cornell Health, if you choose; please call 607-255-5155 to make an appointment. For the Spring 2018 program, if you already have one PPD, it must have been administered after April 15, 2017.
  • QFT (QuantiFERON test) with documented results are also accepted, instead of PPDs.

 
Students with a documented history of a positive PPD OR positive T-spot OR QFT should call the Nurse Manager (at
607-255-7067). Flu shots are not mandatory but encouraged and available at Cornell Health free of charge.
 
If you choose to decline a flu vaccine (or nasal flu mist) this year, you will be expected to sign a form at the training stating your reason for declining. You would then be required to wear a face mask if you rotate into Cayuga Medical Center.

 
If selected, you will receive a secure message from our Nurse Manager regarding your immunization requirementsIf documentation is not available within myCornellHealth, and you have documentation at home or elsewhere it is your responsibility to fax these documents to Cornell Health before the August 7, 2017 deadline (at 607-255-0269).