Thomas Jefferson University

Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Program at Jefferson

Applications for the 2020-2021 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 eight internal teams, as well as additional regional teams each year.

Student Responsibilities

  • Enroll patients, attend skills workshops, organize team meetings, complete online curriculum & team assignments, engage faculty/clinical advisors in care planning.
  • Participate in patient interactions: home visits, accompaniment to providers’ offices/hospital visits, and navigation of community resources (housing, mental health services, transportation). 


  • Program Kick-Off: Saturday September 26, 2020
  • Program Wrap-Up: Saturday April 17, 2021
  • Capstone/Research Opportunities: spring semester 2021, 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 our information session, from Tuesday May 26, 2020

Program Leads

  • Couple and Family Therapy: Florda Priftanji, LMFT 
  • Medicine (Rising third and fourth year students only): Brooke Salzman, MD
  • Nursing: Julia Ward, PhD, RN
  • Occupational Therapy: Tracey Vause-Earland, PhD, OTR/L
  • Pharmacy: Elena Umland, PharmD
  • Physical Therapy: Janet Jackson-Coty, PT, DPT, PCS
  • Physician Assistant: Michele Zawora, MD
  • Public Health: Katherine Puskarz, MPH



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