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Students who have reached their clinical year in training are eligible to participate in the Bridging the Gaps Clinical Program.  Students gain experience working with vulnerable populations at one of three sites:  the Covenant House, Wissahickon Hospice, or Prevention Point Philadelphia.  In addition to working with physicians at these sites, students work with nurses, social workers, attorneys, and teachers and assist in addressing social determinants of health.

Covenant House services homeless and runaway youth and youth in crisis.  BTG clinical students work in collaboration with the Covenant House staff to help youth in crisis and homeless youth cultivate constructive responses to the multiple psychosocial stressors that can impact their health.  BTG Clinical Program students gain exposure to both Western and Eastern medical approaches for reducing these stressors and reinforcing behaviors that promote health and resilience.

NewCourtland LIFE, a PACE Program (Program of All Inclusive Care of the Elderly) serving dual eligible, frail community dwelling older adults.

Prevention Point Philadelphia (PPP), located in North Philadelphia, has a mission “to reduce the harm associated with substance use and sex industry work by promoting health, empowerment and safety while advocating for humane public policies and programs.”  BTG Clinical Program students will work in the Street-side Health Project providing medical/clinical services under supervision, as well as assist in Drug and Alcohol Assessments during the Stabilization Treatment Enhancement Program (STEP).  In addition, students will work with PPP social services staff to provide workshops which will focus on promotion of good health, overdose prevention training, wound care and other pertinent workshops. 

Students who are interested in the BTG Clinical Program should contact Elissa Goldberg. The BTG Clinical Program is popular, so you may not get your first choice of date/site.  Blocks 1 & 2 are not available for BTG Clinical sites.  

Application Process:

  1. Send an email to Elissa Goldberg,, and indicate which block(s) you have open, and if you have more than one available, please indicate your preferred ranking of those time-periods.  Please also indicate which BTG Clinical Sites you are interested in, and give a rank order to your site preferences. 
  2. Elissa will send that information to the clinical coordinator in the BTG main office, who will collate it with applications from students around the city.
  3. Elissa will send out dates and assigned site as soon as possible. 
  4. You will receive an application for the BTG Clinical Program from the BTG office.  You will also need to complete a DUCoM Add/Drop form for the Transdisciplinary Course, Providing Health Care for Vulnerable Populations. 
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