Rural Health Programs for College Student

Programs Description

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Rural Interprofessional Preceptorship

Mission

The Six-Week Rural Interprofessional Preceptorship Program is a paid, full-time, rural immersion experience that provides an opportunity for health professions students to learn in a real-world setting that promotes learning through active and organized participation in a specific rural community. The program is designed to convey awareness, knowledge, and appreciation for a variety of health professions disciplines through the process of observing multiple levels of healthcare within the community. Students of the preceptorship are selected for a specific rural site and spend each week individually shadowing different healthcare professionals.

In addition to offering experience in a rural healthcare setting, students collaborate in an interprofessional team for classroom sessions and a Community Service Learning (CSL) Project. The CSL Project is the culminating experience of the program and allows students to apply their understanding of healthcare to a community health priority.

Requirements

  • Four students of different healthcare backgrounds will be chosen for each site.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professional students in health professions programs. Students must have completed sophomore year of undergraduate studies by the time of the RHE. Students must have strong interest in working in a rural community.
  • Students must have reliable transportation while on site.

Cost

Students must submit all components of the application package and submit a $25 application fee in order to be considered for the program. Basic housing and limited meals are provided to RHE students. Participants receive a $1,500 stipend.

Important Dates

Sunday, February 9, 2020 is the application deadline.

Site locations and dates:

  • Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services, Gibson City, IL: May 27 – July 7, 2020
  • SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, Centralia, IL: June 3 – July 14, 2020
Rural Interprofessional Preceptorship 2020 Application
Rural Interprofessional Preceptorship Brochure


Frequently Asked Questions

These are frequently asked questions regarding preceptorship at Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services (Gibson City, IL) and SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital (Centralia, IL).

Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services (Gibson City, IL)

The summer preceptorship experience at Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services (GAHHS) in Gibson City will take place from May 27 – July 7, 2020.

This is an immersion experience, so it is expected that students reside in the community for the full 6 weeks.  GAHHS provides apartment-style housing for students at no cost. The apartments located in Gibson City are furnished and include basic kitchen supplies.  Each student will have his or her own bedroom and two students will share each unit.  Basic bed linens are provided.  Students will need to bring their own towels and wash cloths.  There is a washing machine and dryer in each unit.

Yes.  The stipend for this preceptorship is $1,500. Half of this stipend ($750) is disbursed to students at week 3, and the rest ($750) at week 6 (preceptorship end).

Each week 3-4 days are spent individually shadowing a variety of health professionals in the hospital and/or surrounding community. These shadowing experiences include those of the students’ disciplines and those that are not. This provides an opportunity to witness how interprofessional teams work together in a rural facility as well as how healthcare is delivered at multiple levels.

Students will meet once a week with Dr. Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Faculty Preceptor of the Preceptorship Program. The Faculty Preceptor will lead group discussions on rural health care practice and theory. Students are asked to keep weekly journal reflections related to their shadowing experiences.

Additional time each week is scheduled to provide students the opportunity to work on the Community Service Learning (CSL) project.

A typical week day will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m., although some adjustments may be made (for example, students shadowing a procedure in surgery may need to start earlier in the morning).

This preceptorship is a rural immersion experience – students are expected to reside in the community for 6 weeks. Full participation is required, except in emergency or illness situations. Any exceptions or special circumstances must be requested during the application process. The majority of weekends will be free, although we request students stay in the community to get the most benefit from the experience. No experiences will be scheduled during the 4th of July holiday.

Students will shadow health professionals at the GAHHS main hospital as well as health providers’ offices in the GAHHS service area.  Students may be expected to travel to outlying clinics or health department sites, so personal transportation is required.

To receive an interprofessional experience that helps students understand multiple levels of care, students will shadow healthcare providers within their field as well as those in other healthcare disciplines.

Costs for meals at the GAHHS Harvest Café are included.  The Café is located within the hospital and is open 7 days a week. There are limited options for dinner and on weekends.  Other food costs are covered by the student.

Access to computers is limited but can be coordinated with AHEC staff.  Internet is available via guest access at the hospital.  There is also access in the apartments.

Dress for your experience depends on the work environment. Plan to wear business casual attire unless notified otherwise.  An example of business casual attire for men would include khakis/dress pants, a button-up or collared shirt, and clean dress shoes. An example of business casual attire for women would include a knee-length skirt or dress, dress pants, a modest blouse/top, and clean closed-toed dress shoes. No jeans, shorts, open-toed shoes, short dresses/skirts, tank tops, t-shirts.  Body tattoos must be covered and jewelry worn at a minimum.  A GAHHS identification badge is provided and must be worn at all times during your experience.

The below staff are available to answer questions and assist with any needs for the preceptorship:

Eileen Woolums, BSN, RN, CDE, EC IL AHEC Director
East Central Illinois Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
[email protected]org
Work: 217-784-4093

Stephanie Lage, Education Assistant
East Central Illinois Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
[email protected]
Work: 217-784-4076

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital (Centralia, IL)

The summer preceptorship experience at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia will take place from June 3, 2020 through July 14, 2020.

This is an immersion experience, so it is expected that students reside in the community for the full 6 weeks.  The hospital provides housing at the Best Western Plus in Centralia and each student will have a suitemate. On-site laundry and workout facilities are available.

Yes.  The stipend for this preceptorship is $1,500. Half of this stipend ($750) is disbursed to students at week 3, and the rest ($750) at week 6 (preceptorship end).

Each week 3-4 days are spent individually shadowing a variety of health professionals in the hospital and/or surrounding community. These shadowing experiences include those of the students’ disciplines and those that are not. This provides an opportunity to witness how inter-professional teams work together in a rural facility as well as how healthcare is delivered at multiple levels.

Students will meet once a week with Dr. Laura Payne, PhD, Faculty Advisor from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, who will lead group discussions on rural health care practice and theory. Students are asked to keep weekly journal reflections related to their shadowing experiences.

Additional time each week is scheduled to provide students the opportunity to work on the Community Service Learning (CSL) project.

A typical week day will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m., although some adjustments may be made (for example, students shadowing a procedure in surgery may need to start earlier in the morning).

This preceptorship is a rural immersion experience – students are expected to reside in the community for 6 weeks. Full participation is required, except in emergency or illness situations. Any exceptions or special circumstances must be requested during the application process. The majority of weekends will be free, although we request students stay in the community to get the most benefit from the experience. No experiences will be scheduled during the 4th of July holiday.

Students will shadow health professionals at the main hospital as well as healthcare providers’ offices in the hospital service area.  Students may be expected to travel to outlying clinics or health department sites, so personal transportation is required.

To receive an interprofessional experience that helps students understand multiple levels of care, students will shadow healthcare providers within their field as well as those in other healthcare disciplines.

Meals at the hospital are included. Students are provided with coupons to use in the cafeteria. The cafeteria is located within the hospital and is open Monday-Friday 7:00 AM-6:00 PM; Saturday & Sunday 7:30 AM-2:00 PM.  Meals may be limited on evenings and weekends. Other meal costs are covered by the student.

There is a guest access at the hospital.  There is also access at the Best Western Plus.

Dress Appropriately:

  • Look professional, business casual.
  • No blue jeans, capris, or shorts.
  • Dress modestly and neatly.
  • No sleeveless blouses, shirts, or tops.
  • Body tattoos must be covered.
  • Wear flat, comfortable, closed-toe shoes. No sandals or slingbacks
The following staff are available to answer questions and assist with any needs for the preceptorship:

Kayla Dunahee, MA- Director AHEC – Human Resources
South Central Illinois Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
[email protected]
Work: 618-899-1052


Rural Health Experience

Mission

The Rural Health Experience (RHE) Program is a 3-5 day rural immersion experience for health professions students interested in learning about the delivery of healthcare in a rural community. The RHE program is designed to convey knowledge of a variety of health professions disciplines and create awareness of rural health needs. By shadowing multiple levels within a healthcare center, RHE students learn about the social and health characteristics, needs, and resources of a specific rural community.

RHE students shadow professionals of their own discipline as well as professionals of different backgrounds to enhance their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of multiple providers. Students are also encouraged to reflect upon their professional goals as a rural healthcare professional and their interest in the RHE site as a future practice location. Time in the evenings will be available for students to explore the community.

Requirements

  • Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professional students in health professions programs. Students must have completed sophomore year of undergraduate studies by the time of the RHE. Students must have strong interest in working in a rural community.
  • Students must have reliable transportation while on site.

Cost

Students must submit all components of the application package and submit a $25 application fee in order to be considered for the program. Basic housing and limited meals are provided to RHE students.

Important Dates

The early summer consideration application deadline is Sunday, March 8, 2020. Students will coordinate their schedule with their site contact once they are matched with their site. The schedule is based upon the availability of the student and the site.

Rural Health Experience 2020 Application
Rural Health Experience Brochure


For More Information

Vicky Rhine, MPH
University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
National Center for Rural Health Professions
P: (815) 395-5854
E: [email protected]
www.ncrhp.uic.edu