Gannon Celebrates Student Success with Partners in Patient Care Program

Partners_in_Patient_Care_Program_Graduates_2014Posted: June 16, 2014

Gannon University professors Lisa Nogaj, Ph.D. (far left) and Melissa Lund (far right) with the nine students who successfully completed the 2014 Partners in Patient Care Program

Nine Gannon University students successfully completed the Partners in Patient Care (PIPC) Program for highly motivated, academically strong first-year and sophomore students enrolled in the University's pre-medical and physician assistant programs.

The students benefit by gaining direct patient care experience as well as on-the-job interaction with various disciplines that comprise the health care team, an experience that helps to shape and solidify the students' career paths-all while working in a paid position on-staff at UPMC Hamot.

To qualify, applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher upon completion of the fall semester, complete a four-hour shadow experience and participate in a formal interview.

Students chosen for the program participate in 120 hours of paid training, which will include classroom lecture, skill mastery and supervised hands-on clinical training. Training began last month at the end of the spring semester. Successful applicants commit to remaining an employee of UPMC Hamot Medical Center for a total of 2,080 hours (presuming UPMC Hamot continues to need their services) including summer, holiday, night and weekend hours.

The nine students were honored at a ceremony at the University's Morosky College of Health and Professions and Sciences, where they were presented with certificates of completion.