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Nursing and Physician Assistant Students Work in the Community

by Mary Ellen Miller, Ph.D., R.N. | Sep 23, 2014

Bridging the Gap Poster Presentation, 2014

Faculty and students at the BTG poster presentation at DeSales on September 17, 2014: (from left) Dr. Mary Ellen Miller, academic preceptor and assistant professor of nursing; Madeline Svrcek and Kristen Purkey, nursing majors; Kathy Griffin and James Whittenburg, medical studies majors; Amanda Tarantino, Jennifer Photiades, and Teresa Mainiero, nursing majors; and Ryan Milloy, Kevin Hixson, and Lauren Rice, medical studies majors. Not pictured: Ghamar Bitar and Alex Slaby, medical students from Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, Pa. 


This summer, five DeSales nursing majors, five DeSales medical studies majors, and two medical students from Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, Pa., participated in the Bridging the Gaps (BTG) Community Health Internship.

Interns worked in interdisciplinary teams at several community sites in the Lehigh Valley that serve vulnerable populations. The community partners are Alliance Hall Summer Camp, Casa Guadalupe, Lehigh Valley Health Network Department of Community Health, The Neighborhood Health Centers of the Lehigh Valley, and The Aids Activities Office.  Students presented their internship projects at two poster symposiums—one in Philadelphia on September 12, and one at DeSales University on September 17.

BTG is a paid seven-week interdisciplinary community-based summer internship program that helps students gain a broader understanding of the factors that affect health in urban communities. BTG matches student interns with non-profit community partners in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. Students' projects are designed in collaboration with the community organizations based on community-defined needs and the professional discipline and interests of the students.

Any graduate-level health professions (social work, medical, nursing) student OR undergraduate healthcare professional student who has completed two years of study can apply.

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