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2400 South Flower Street - 4th floor
Los Angeles,CA,90007-2629,United States

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Last Updated: 02.15.06
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Countries/States Served: CA
People Utilized or Employed: Family Medicine
Types of Students Allowed:
Medical Students, Premedical Students, Predental Students, Prenursing Students, Prepharmacy Students, Preveterinary Students, Preoptometry Students
Program Length: Long Term (Greater than 1 month)
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University Affiliations: UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine
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Health Workforce Transformation and Clinical Care Extender Program (CCE) The Clinical Care Extender Program currently operates at Citrus Valley Medical Center in West Covina, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach and St. John's Regional Medical Center/ Pleasant Valey Hospital in Ventura County. The program is designed with three primary purposes in mind; 1. Develop a career ladder program for the hospital to recruit CCEs as future staff members. These future health professionals are encouraged to return to the hospital after their formal education, whether it is in nursing, physician assistant, or any other healthcare profession. 2. Enhance the quality of patient care and to provide staff with increased support 3. Provide un-rivaled clinical opportunities within a hospital setting for serious pre-health professions students. The program has been up and running for over 4 1/2 years now at Citrus and 3 years at Hoag. At all four hospital systems, the programs are always ready for for more dedicated and energetic students. Every three months at each of the 4 sites, the 100 best applicants are selected to train to be CCEs at the hospitals. This is where you come in. Before you even set foot in a hospital you will spend 3 days in intensive training. Topics covered will range from anatomy and physiology to infection control. You will practice hands-on training with body mechanics and patient transporting. You will learn medical topics and terminology as well as condition-specific precautions. After the training, you will get a department specific training, where you will learn about the unit you will be starting on. Upon entering the program you will start out on a basic medical-surgical nursing unit. They range from the Ortho/Surgical Nursing Unit to the Medical/Oncology Nursing Unit, the Telemetry Unit or the Gynecology/Urology Nursing Unit. There, you will get your feet wet in the hospital environment and assist the patient care process. You will be doing hands on tasks, instead of filing, or paperwork for your four-hour shift. You will remain there for three months, which is one rotation. At the end of the three months, you will be able to rotate to another department. The departments vary by hospital. Currently some of the departments available are the Operating Room(outpatient and inpatient), Labor and Delivery, the Mother Baby Care Unit, Pediatrics, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Triage (for EMTs), and multiple Emergency Rooms. There is a mandatory one- year commitment, volunteering for one four-hour shift each week. You sign up for your shifts a month in advance. For example, a schedule for November would have been available for sign-ups on October 1st and will remain out until October 25th. It is first come, first serve. The shifts are 7 days a week, from 7am-11am, 11am-3pm, 3pm-7pm, and 7pm-11pm. You can come back as many times as you want between the 1st and the 25th and make changes. After the 25th it will be pulled, typed and posted in various places, one being the floor so the nurses and doctors know when to expect you. Every three months you can rotate to a new department. If you like the department you are in and the staff also would like you to stay, you may. One of your 4 rotations, you are required to do "extra hours". It is another 4 hours a week, for a total of 8 hours a week. These hours are for the hospital to use you however they need you. Many students choose to do these hours during the summer. In the past they have been projects like FIT testing, in which CCEs taught the staff how to properly wear the correct size mask for isolation rooms. There are plenty of extra hour projects, such as patient relations in which CCEs check on new patients within 6 hours of admit time to see if anything was needed. CCEs have also completed pain management surveys. For the highly motivated "take-charge" individuals who want to be on the team that runs the program there are competitive leadership opportunities. These opportunities will be explained in detail during the training. Yes, I want to learn more about a career in healthcare! The next step is for you to sign up for an orientation/interview. You will need to decide which hospital/hospital system you would like to complete your internship. After you decide, click on the link below. Then click on sign up for an orientation. The dates for the most current series of orientations will be posted. After you email your preferred orientation date and time, you will receive a confirmation email which will have an application attached. Please fill out the application and bring it with you to the orientation/interview. The orientation/interview will be in a group setting and will last about 1 to 1 ? hours. During this session you will learn everything about the program and will have a chance to ask questions.A group interview will be conducted. Primary Outreach In operation since 1995 to present, this program is managed by Rigoberto Garcia, COPE?s Coordinator for the Primary Outreach Program. COPE currently offers its primary prevention outreach program for at- risk children, teens, and their parents on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings in the Oakwood neighborhood of Venice and in West Los Angeles neighborhoods. Through this program, UCLA undergraduate students who have been trained through the Medicine M190/Psychiatry M192 Series (course series co-sponsored by the UCLA Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Experiential Education, Psychiatry, and coordinated by Youssef Ezzedine) provide mentoring, tutoring, and health education to at-risk youth. Each youth is assigned to a COPE intern for mentoring. Additionally, each participant has his/her progress tracked by his/her assigned intern, with results documented on a weekly goals form. In addition to the weekly outreach mentoring, tutoring, and health promotion and wellness activities, children from all of COPE's outreach sites are invited on six fieldtrips each year. These trips are well attended by COPE interns and are supervised by COPE staff. COPE has taken youth from the sites to such locations as the California Science Museum, Leo Carillo State Beach, Will Rogers State Park, Griffith Park Observatory, and the Los Angeles Zoo. Through a special partnership with the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program, specially selected COPE interns are now being mentored by Family Medicine residents and by physicians practicing in the area who are graduates of the residency program.
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