Who Are We?
The Health Careers Mentorship Program is modeled after Duke University’s Health Careers Exploration Program and was co-founded in 1997 by two students at the University of Texas at Austin while they were volunteering at Children’s Hospital of Austin. Based on their positive experiences through volunteering, they worked with other students of similar thinking in developing a program where interested students as interns could shadow physicians during their daily routines for one semester and run the program the following semester as a coordinator. Since 1997, the program has grown in the number of preceptors and rotations. We, as a student-run and student-led organization, are committed to growing to accommodate the influx of student interest and need for health professionals by providing opportunities we feel is beneficial in the decision-making process of future practitioners and leaders.
The Health Careers Mentorship Program is a continued partnership between Austin Medical Education Programs, the Texas Department of State Health Services, members of the SETON Healthcare Network, St. David’s Children’s Hospital, St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, St. David’s Medical Center, and Travis County Medical Society. The program is established to teach mature students about the clinical and non-clinical aspects of the health care system. Selected individuals will develop communal relationships with the Austin community, and they will gain valuable and practical experiences. The health professionals will play an instrumental role in the development of tomorrow’s practitioners as mentors for HCMP interns. This program provides an environment that fosters intellectual growth, ethical ideals, and business values.
This experiential educational program is designed to allow committed students to:
• Gain insight into the practical aspects of the health care field
• Build rapport with health professionals
• Learn about the impact of managed care
• Apply their gained knowledge towards making career decisions
• Develop interpersonal and technical skills
• Acquire leadership experience through administration of the program
Students gain exposure to the allied health professions as well as network within the medical community. The program offers the student the opportunity to view the other aspects of medicine: legal issues, research topics, non-clinical atmospheres, community clinics, public health awareness, and medical ethics. The organization overall provides an insight into the field of medicine, as well as the educational processes required for that career.