Scholar Pipeline

The Scholar Pipeline educates and inspires scholars or prospective scholars from grade school through postgraduate school on what it takes to be successful in the many professions that make up the healthcare industry. 

Administrative fellowship program

The Administrative Fellowship Program is a one year program consisting of facility and departmental rotations that provides preparation in executive development for future healthcare leaders. The program is very competitive, with more than 100 completed applications each year for five positions. The program gives the fellows a valuable opportunity to gain practical operational experience and knowledge of various aspects of healthcare, along with contact and interaction with all levels of administration throughout the health system under executive-level mentorship. Each administrative fellow is assigned a member of the health system’s senior leadership team as a mentor/ advisor for the duration of the fellowship. There are four 12-week rotations a year. The sites to which the fellows are assigned are chosen by the program director at CLI. A preceptor is selected at each rotation to oversee the day-to-day operations of the fellow.
 
The facility and department leaders are aware of the educational objectives of the fellowship program and work to ensure that each rotation meets these goals. Each fellow rotates through the following areas: tertiary or community hospital, an ambulatory setting, corporate entity and an elective area.
 
Since its inception in 2004, the program has graduated 69 fellows. Many have been recruited into the health system and have attained both senior and mid-level management positions. The former fellows also assume preceptor and mentorship roles for the new fellows. In 2013, the program celebrated its ten-year anniversary

Middle school partnership

In 2007, the Center for Learning and Innovation, in partnership with Springfield Gardens Intermediate School 59Q created a program to promote continuous learning and introduce children to career opportunities in science and healthcare. Through this partnership with the Queens middle school, CLI has established a model for urban school/healthcare provider collaboration that promotes academic achievement; introduces, educates, and involves adolescents in the delivery of healthcare services; and encourages youngpeople and their parents to develop good health habits.
 
Students in grades six through eight, dressed in yellow scrub to ps with ID badges, visit Northwell Health facilities during the school year to learn about various medical specialties, research, and technologies. Lessons complement the science curriculum and provide hands-on learning experiences. Studies suggest that the best way to interest students in studying science in college or graduate school is to expose them to career opportunities in the sciences in lower grades. 

International internship program

The Center for Learning and Innovation works closely with University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland. Undergraduates pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business information systems are placed with our teams in information technology, HealthPort and web design for six months. Additionally, in conjunction with the UCC School of Nursing and Midwifery, undergraduate nursing students in their junior year of studies have the opportunity to live in New York and intern with the organization. For seven weeks, students spend time in PSI as well as observing clinical units throughout the health system; including the cardiothoracic intensive care unit, obstetrics, telemetry and the emergency department. 

Medical scholars pipeline program

The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, in partnership with the Center for Learning and Innovation, launched a program in 2010 to prepare high school students for healthcare careers that includes hands-on training, rigorous academic classes on a variety of medical issues as well as mentorship by physicians and senior leaders throughout the organization.
 
The Medical Scholars Pipeline Program began with approximately 20 rising high school juniors from different parts of Long Island. These students spend four weeks immersed in activities that reflect the clinical, social and political issues facing the healthcare industry. Students rotate through programs held at the School of Medicine and at various health system facilities, including the Patient Safety Institute, hospitals and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.
 
The five-year program is designed to supply a steady stream of physicians and medical professionals who reflect the cultural, racial, ethnic and economic diversity of the region that the organization services. Students enroll in a month-long summer session each year, and the program concludes in their junior year of undergraduate studies. In addition to the month-long summer program and activities during the school year, each student is assigned a mentor who is a senior clinician within the organization. A new class is chosen to begin the program every year.

Institute of Health Professions at Cambria Heights

The Center for Learning and Innovation and Hofstra University partnered with the Institute for Student Achievement to develop a school for those students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare. The Institute of Health Professions’ curriculum has a strong focus on technical education and science. The mission of the program is to encourage students to graduate high school and obtain a four-year college degree. The school offers two pathways for students to ensure success — an individualized approach to prepare student to attend four-year colleges
and a second component that provides careerreadiness education in healthcare professions.
 
The school’s inaugural class will have the opportunity to take coursework that will allow them to become a certified emergency medical technician (EMT) or nursing assistant. CLI will focus on a program to help educate students to become EMTs. Upon graduation, students who select the EMT track will be eligible to take the New York State exam to become certified and eligible to work.
 
The health system is committed to building a learning lab with EMT training equipment as well as donated two patient simulators which will allow students to practice their communication and clinical skills. 

Futures in Motion: Youth CAN!

The Office of Community and Public Health (OCPH) at Northwell Health partnered with New Yorkers For Children (NYFC), FEGS Health and Human Services, and Walgreens Family of Companies, to offer an educational/vocational development program, Futures In Motion: A Youth Career Alliance Network (Youth CAN!), for youth aging out of foster care, aimed at enhancing their health and well-being, exposing them to potential career opportunities, and equipping them with fundamental skills and knowledge to prepare them in finding sustainable employment. This unique, cross-sector collaboration allows experts in their respective fields to address some of the challenges faced by youth in foster care and create solutions
to help them transition into stable adulthood.
 
Courses are held at CLI over a 10-week period. The program includes general workplace education as well as education in specific health-related skills such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to young adults between the ages of 18 and 23 who have a high school diploma or GED. Youth are also required to attend supplementary customized workshops offered once weekly at the FEGS Academy in the Bronx. The FEGS Academy also provides the support services to the students, including a youth advisor to help with goal setting and to provide intensive, consistent, one-on-one support during the program. Each of the pre-selected students is also paired with a mentor from Northwell Health or Walgreens Family of Companies to help guide and coach them on a one-on-one basis.
 
Students who successfully complete the program are encouraged to apply for a part-time, paid internship at Northwell Health or Walgreens Family of Companies. As an alternative to participating in an internship opportunity, youth also have a scholarship option to complete a New York State EMT training and certification program offered.
 

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Administrative Fellowship Program

Our program trains tomorrow’s healthcare leaders.