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 hours 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.
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
- Alpha Iota Gamma
- 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 Association of Medicine and Philanthropy (CAMP)
- Cornell Premedical Society
- Cornell Student Society for Public Health
- Cornell University Pre-Dental Society
- Engineering World Health
- Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP)
- 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.
Unfortunately, the Fall 2021 Community Mentorship Program has been cancelled, due to the remaining uncertainty of when local medical offices will be able to lift COVID-19 restrictions. We hope to offer the program in Spring 2022, when in-person experiences will likely be accommodated once again. Please check back for updates.
Accepted applicants must attend a 1.5 hour mandatory training/orientation session. 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 Student Conduct and Community Standards and/or Cornell University Police Department.
Students who are accepted into the program MUST complete the following requirements 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 2020 program, administration of first PPD skin test must take place anytime in 2019 or later and the second PPD after 12/1/19 (must be at least 7 days apart). You can receive these tests at Cornell Health at no charge, if you choose; please call 607-255-5155 to make an appointment.
- Documentation of QuantiFERON (QFT) OR T-spot test results, after 12/1/19, will also be accepted instead of 2 PPDs, if preferred.
- Students with a documented history of a positive PPD OR positive T-spot OR QFT will also need proof of a negative chest X-ray on file and will need to complete a symptom checklist. Call the nurse manager at 607-255-7067 with any questions regarding this.
- A flu shot is not mandatory but encouraged and available at Cornell Health free of charge. If you choose to decline a flu vaccine (or nasal flu mist), you will be expected to sign a Declination Form at the training meeting. You would then be required to wear a face mask if you rotate into Cayuga Medical Center.
SPECIAL IMMUNIZATION CLINICS FOR THE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM WILL BE SCHEDULED AT CORNELL HEALTH BEFORE THE END OF THE SPRING 2020 SEMESTER. This is the perfect opportunity to receive PPDs and the flu vaccine at no charge before leaving for the winter break.
If selected, you will receive a secure message from our Nurse Manager regarding your immunization requirements. If 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 deadline (at 607-255-0269).
Forms (if needed to reprint)
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