Thomas Jefferson University

Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Program at Jefferson

Applications for the 2021-2022 Student Hotspotting Program Now Open!

What is Healthcare Hotspotting?

Jefferson Student Hotspotters
  • Emerging method for reducing healthcare costs & improving patient health/experience. 
  • Identification of "super-utilizers", those with frequent ED visits and inpatient admissions. 
  • Providing hands-on, individualized interventions to address social determinants of health, promote interprofessional collaboration & prevent unnecessary hospital admissions for patients with complex health and social needs.  

Program Description

Student Hotspotting is an educational curriculum originally developed by the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers in 2014. Thomas Jefferson University has been part of Student Hotspotting since its inception, and in 2017 was selected as one of four Hotspotting Hubs across the country.

This annual program facilitates teams of interprofessional students learning about the challenges faced by patients with complex health and social needs during their interactions with the current healthcare system. The Student Hotspotting program at Jefferson supports several internal teams, as well as additional regional teams each year.

Student Responsibilities

  • Participating students will be responsible for enrolling patients into the Hotspotting program, attending skills workshops, completing a curriculum, organizing team meetings and initiating frequent patient interactions.
  • Patient interactions include, but are not limited to: tele-conferencing, virtual communication, home visits, accompaniment to providers’ offices/hospital visits, and navigation of community resources. 


  • Program Kick-Off: Saturday September 18, 2021 (online)
  • Program Wrap-Up: Saturday, April 9, 2022
  • Capstone/Research Opportunities: spring semester 2022, and the following year
  • Time commitment: Variable (2-4 hours/week)

Application Process

  1. Contact your program lead (see list of program leads below). 
  2. Review & Sign Participant Agreement
  3. Complete the Online Application 
  4. View the recording from our May 10th information session, or the recording from our May 24th information session.

Program Leads

  • Couple and Family Therapy: Florda Priftanji, LMFT 
  • Medicine (Rising second, third and fourth year students only): Brooke Salzman, MD and Lauren Hersh, MD
  • Nursing: Julia Ward, PhD, RN
  • Occupational Therapy: Tracey Vause-Earland, PhD, OTR/L, FNAP
  • Pharmacy: Elena Umland, PharmD, FNAP
  • Physical Therapy: Leigh Ann Hewston, PT, DPT, MEd, CEEAA
  • Physician Assistant: Rushita Patel, MSPAS, PA-C
  • Public Health: Katherine Puskarz, MPH



Hear what Dr. Steven Klasko & student Hotspotting alumni are saying about
the program