Eligibility for Medical Students
Volunteering as a Student-Doctor at the HIPHOP Promise Clinic is a valuable opportunity to gain clinical experience during your pre-clinical years, and to experience continuity of care throughout your time at RWJMS. In a team of 4 or more students from years 1-4, you will mentor and be mentored about patient care, evidence-based practice, course work, and how to navigate the world of a medical student.
All medical students can apply to be a student-doctor at the beginning of the fall semester at RWJMS. An open interest meeting will be held in the fall, and information will be available via email. As a student-doctor, one commits to the HIPHOP Promise Clinic until their graduation from RWJMS. Medical students can also apply to be on the HIPHOP Promise Clinic Steering Committee, a team dedicated to clinic operations. Interviews for positions on this committee are held during the fall semester.
To volunteer as a student doctor, you commit to following duties and more:
- Attend each of my patient’s appointments at The HIPHOP Promise Clinic, except
in the event of a serious extenuating circumstance such as illness or
- Attend patient visits for specialty care, diagnostic tests or
procedures, as appropriate.
- Continue to participate as a student doctor, providing continuity of
care to my patient, throughout my time at the Piscataway/New Brunswick
- Follow-up with the patient in a timely manner regarding any concerns,
questions, laboratory results, or results of other diagnostic tests in
consultation with the faculty preceptor.
- Treat each and every patient with respect, compassion, patience, and
appropriate, thoughtful health care regardless of ethnicity, gender,
race, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, political affiliation,
or social standing.
- To work in a professional manner and collaborate cooperatively with my
patients, the student doctor team, physician preceptors and clinic
- Be aware of my own limitations and reach out to others when I need
- Protect patient confidentiality.
- Attend training sessions that will provide me with increased
understanding of the issues pertinent to working with a diverse
population of indigent, homeless, and uninsured patients in our
community, as well as inform me of clinic policies and procedures, and
prepare me for my clinical role as a student doctor.