Spring Break is always a busy time of year for IHPC. While images of sun, surf, and crowded beaches may come to mind, 26 students set their sites on something higher - a chance to participate in the White Coat Spring Break program run by IHPC in partnership with the San Bernardino County Medical Society (SBCMS). We've worked with SBCMS for the past three years to offer select students a 30 - 40 hour job shadow and observational experience through the society's member clinics and hospitals.
Two students, Andrew Hoover (student ambassador and sophomore at Ruben Ayala High School) and Hannah Abdelmessih (junior at Ontario Christian High) were both assigned to EMS coordinator, Cathy Torrez at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Emergency Department. Both students are interested in surgery - Andrew wants to pursue Cardiovascular surgery while Hanna is more interested in general surgery.
This year, the white coat program was opened to college students and we were able to place students from UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Moreno Valley College, the University of La Verne, and California State University - San Bernardino. Two of our college students, both working moms, shared their experience with us.
Students selected for the program must commit one week of their Spring break to the White Coat program and go through an extensive selection process including an online application, letters of recommendation, and training on HIPAA and workplace professionalism. Thanks to the hard work of Alison Elsner and Debbie Long from SBCMS, we were able to place students at nine locations throughout the region: Arrowhead Regional Medical Center's Emergency Department and Outpatient Women's Center, Choice Medical Group in Victor Valley, San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, Victory Valley Global Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente in San Bernardino and Redlands, and Arrowhead Orthopaedics in Rancho Cucamonga and Redlands.
Our high school White Coats represented Redlands High, Yucaipa, Indian Springs, Ruben Ayala, Chino Hills, Upland, and Ontario Christian Charter School.