The application for the Summer 2017 ECHO Pre-Health Program is now available.
Link to Summer 2017 Pre-Health ECHO Program Application Documents
Located in the South Bronx, ECHO is the first student-organized clinic that opened in the New York metropolitan area. Since then, ECHO has been committed to serving patients from the five Boroughs and parts of Westchester County. Our mission is to provide free primary care for people who lack health insurance or cannot afford insurance and healthcare. Operated by the Institute for Family Health and coordinated by the medical students of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, ECHO provides routine medical exams, social services, counseling, as well as referral services.
During the summer, ECHO is recruiting pre-medical and pre-health students to help run the administrative side of the clinic. You will rotate through various volunteer positions including patient registration, health education, translation, research, clinical shadowing, and interpretation (if applicable). Here are short descriptions of some of the volunteer positions:
- Patient advocates are paired with patients and guide them through their entire visit. They escort patients to various stations (exam room, blood draw, social work, referrals) while providing health education during downtime.
- Front desk volunteers participate in the administrative side of the clinic. They greet patients when they first walk through the door and guide them through the registration process. Front desk volunteers ensure that all appropriate paperwork and lab results are linked to the patient’s chart in our electronic medial record. They also call patients who missed their appointments to help them reschedule.
- Research volunteers participate in clinic quality improvement projects by compiling data from the electronic medical record. This information is used to determine the current state of patient care at ECHO and how it can be improved. When coming into clinic in the research role, volunteers also help with patient triage by measuring vitals when patients first arrive at clinic.
- Interpreters are volunteers who interpret conversations between students or physicians and patients who do not speak English. A large percentage of ECHO’s patient population is Spanish-speaking, so the majority of our interpreters are Spanish interpreters.
Our Saturdays begin when we meet at the clinic at 8:15. We open at 8:30 a.m. and register patients until noon. The day’s work is generally completed by 3 or 4 p.m. depending on the number of volunteers and the volume of patients.
The application and all health and IFH forms are due by email (to firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 7th. Your health forms MUST be completed and submitted by this date in order for your application to be considered. This includes a blood test/titer showing immunity to MMR and Varicella, a PPD test, and proof of tetanus immunization.
The summer program will run from June 17, 2017 to August 26, 2017. While volunteers will not be assigned to come in every Saturday, applicants must be available for a vast majority of the summer.
Orientation will be held during the first week of June, 2017 at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Campus. Exact time and date is TBD.
For questions about the ECHO Pre-Health Summer Program, email our Pre-Health Coordinator.