This past week, the spring 2018 Ambulatory Services internship class completed their 16-week program. Every semester Ambulatory Services hosts graduate level interns who help contribute to major system wide initiatives and spend time shadowing clinical staff and administrative employees across the organization.
The interns have a mix of different academic backgrounds including Public Health, Health care Administration, and others. The internship program began with selecting students from local schools, but over the past two years has started accepting applications from all over the country.
“The interns work on a wide range of projects pertaining to major system initiatives such as access, care coordination, transition medicine and other strategic projects for various specialties in Ambulatory Services,” said Grace Karon, senior project manager with Ambulatory Services. “They also enjoyed volunteering for special activities such as Patient Experience week.”
The interns developed and presented business justifications for a variety of programs including a Community Asthma Alliance, the Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Sleep Medicine Program Expansion, staff expansion for the Department of Developmental Pediatrics, and the West Campus Strategic Expansion Plan. They also had the opportunity to accompany leadership with Quality and Outcomes management to daily operational briefing meetings where they observed daily quality reports system wide.
Aside from corporate strategies and health business focused training, the interns were given the opportunity to directly make an impact on patients.
“We enjoyed spending Valentine’s Day assembling and delivering Valentines directly to patients,” said Will Duhe, Ambulatory Services intern. “We would like to thank all of the Texas Children’s staff members, whose guidance and leadership allowed us to develop our professional skills and contribute to meaningful projects this semester.”
The 2018 Spring Interns: