Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Health Mentors Recruitment

The Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is now recruiting Health Mentors!

The Health Mentors Program is an opportunity for students from Sidney Kimmel Medical College and the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Health Professions (Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Couple and Family Therapy, and Medical Laboratory Science) to learn firsthand from a patient about things that really matter to patients living with chronic health conditions and/or impairments.

The Health Mentors are adults of any age from the community who live with one or more chronic health conditions (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, arthritis, cancer or others) or impairments (i.e. spinal cord injury and cerebral palsy or others) and would like to volunteer their time to teach students the importance of patient centered care. Students will talk to their Health Mentors about topics that are important to being a good healthcare professional. Topics include: medication usage, patient safety, activities of daily living and wellness care. Health Mentors will never have to answer questions with which that they are not comfortable.

The Health Mentors will meet with a small group (four-six) of students three times over the course of one and a half years.  Each meeting will take about an hour.  During the first year of the program, the first meeting will be held on Thomas Jefferson University's campus and will be pre-scheduled by Health Mentors Program staff based on your availability.  The second meeting is a home visit and can be scheduled at YOUR convenience.  Health Mentors can meet with their students on the Jefferson campus or in a public or community space or wherever is most convenient for the final meeting.

Health Mentors will be given an orientation to the program before they meet their students and are free to contact the program coordinator at any time with questions or concerns.

Unfortunately, we can't pay Jefferson Health Mentors for their time - this is a volunteer opportunity. But Jefferson Health Mentors will know that they are playing an important role in training future health professionals to take better care of patients with chronic conditions or impairments.

You can fill out an online application to apply to become a Jefferson Health Mentor. If you have any questions and would like more information, please email HMP@jefferson.edu or visit us at www.jefferson.edu/health-mentor.