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Hobart & William Smith Educational Partnership

Goals and Objectives

The Educational Partnership Program is the result of a collaborative effort between Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS) and Finger Lakes Health (FLH) since 1993.   The objective of the Partnership is to match HWS sudents interested in pursuing professional, allied health or community health professions, with medical mentors within FLH's multi-institutional health care system.  This affiliation will provide realistic work experiences and clinical training opportunities that will allow the students to explore post-baccalaureate levels of health professions while integrating their academic knowledge within a medical facility.  The internships will also provide students with career direction, motivation and experience for interesting personal essays and interview topics.   In return, FLH hopes to establish a professional relations hip with the students and looks forward to their volunteer assistance in their placement departments.


  1. Must be enrolled as a full time student at HWS Colleges as a sophomore, junior or senior and have 60 hours to devote to the program during the semester.
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  3. Must attend mandatory informational meeting at HWS Colleges.
  4. Complete application and interview process with the Assistant Director Health Professions and FLH staff.
  5. Must complete the health requirements form with the colleges' student health center-HUBBS.
  6. Complete FLH mandatory education modules on-line.
  7. Attend FLH orientation which includes a facility tour
  8. Obtain a FLH photo ID.


  • Observe health care practitioners consulting, diagnosing and treating patients.
  • Observe and participate in a clinical setting.
  • Continue to master clinical competencies.
  • Learn and practice new skills.
  • Become acquainted with typical case loads, common medical anomalies associated with practice, diagnosis and treatment protocols, bio-ethic topics associated with practice, and insurance/reimbursement issues.

Program Details

  • A maximum of 15 HWS students will be placed within the FLH system per semester.  Preference will be given to students closest to graduation and those who have not participated in the program before.
  • FLH Community Outreach Coordinator will arrange placements within the health system.
  •  The Assistant Director Health Professions will set up placement with physicians and clinicians in private practice.
  • The student is responsible for scheduling with their mentor and documenting hours contributed to the program.  A maximum of two placements will be allowed per semester.
  • The student will be responsible for giving their mentor an evaluation to complete at the end of their experience.
  • It is the student's responsibility to notify the Assistant Director Health Professions and/or FLH Community Outreach Coordinator of concerns associated with the internship.

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