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Health Mentors Recruitment - 2015

The Jefferson Center for InterProfessional Education is now recruiting Health Mentors for Fall 2015!

The Health Mentors Program is an opportunity for students from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy and Health Professions (Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Couple and Family Therapy) to learn FIRST HAND 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 things 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 that they are not comfortable with.

The Health Mentors will meet with a small group (4-5) of students 3 times over the course of 1 1/2 years.  Each meeting will take about an hour.  In the first year all meetings will be held on Thomas Jefferson University's campus. The second year meetings can be scheduled at YOUR convenience. Health Mentors can meet with their students at the Jefferson Campus, or in a public or community space or wherever is most convenient.

Health Mentors will be given an orientation about 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.

If you would like to apply to become a Jefferson Health Mentor, or just get more information, you can contact Sarah Dallas at or by phone at (215) 955-8601 or visit us at