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Training the Next Generation of Health Care Providers

Held annually by the Camden Coalition of Health Care Providers, The Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative trains interdisciplinary teams of professional students from schools around the country to learn to work with complex medical and social needs using a patient-centered approach.

The Student Hotspotting program is part of the Coalition’s efforts to educate and provide mentorship for the next generation of health care professionals in Camden and beyond.

This past year, a team of six Penn students, including Emma Dorsey, BSN, RN, IBCLC, and Stanley See, BSN, RN, from Penn Nursing as well as students from Penn Medicine, Wharton, and SP2 were selected to participate and presented their findings on ‘hotspotting’ at the UPHS Health Equity Symposium.

“The heart of this intervention is in shaping collaborative, creative, and justice-minded healthcare providers for the future. My medical student and social work student colleagues and I developed plans, problem-solved inevitable setbacks, and ironed out conflicts together. We also received training and mentorship from the Camden Coalition in areas such as the sanctuary model, harm reduction, motivational interviewing, narrative medicine, and trauma-informed care,” says Emma Dorsey. “Working with medical and social work students was a dance of advocating for the patient, the team, and sometimes myself. I have so much more to learn as a care provider and as a team member, but the training and support from the Camden Coalition has helped me to take a step forward on a path that demands knowledge, grace, and a critical mind.”


Emma Dorsey, BA, BSN, RN, Roseann Day, MD, and Caitlin Chin, MSW at the UPHS Health Equity SymposiumEmma Dorsey, BA, BSN, RN, Roseann Day, MD, and Caitlin Chin, MSW at the UPHS Health Equity SymposiumThe six-month program, co-hosted by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Primary Care Progress, National Academies of Practice (NAP) and Council on Social Work Education provides education and support to teams as they connect with patients, learn about the root causes of high health care utilization, and share this learning with their institutions. Teams participate in online curriculum and monthly case conferencing, and receive mentoring and a curriculum learning guide.