The COPE Health Program is a unique volunteering opportunity that allows students to experience patient interaction while assisting nurses on various floors. Although there is a one-time program fee, scholars train for 30 hours and receive discounts to CPR courses (CPR certification is mandatory). Through COPE Health, I have had the opportunity to shadow physicians, see provider-patient interactions, and learn more about a patient's perspective in a hospital-setting.
leadership team - Department coordinator
The COPE Health Program offers a lot of opportunities for leadership development. There were many positions available to apply for, and and I chose to apply to become a Department Coordinator (DC). As a DC, I created monthly calendars and scheduled shifts for approximately a dozen health scholars each rotation. Sometimes scheduling was difficult because health scholars wanted the same shifts, but in general I was always able to create a calendar that worked for everybody. As you know, with power comes responsibility, so there were times when my position required me to discipline scholars. I never enjoyed bringing scholars in for a counseling session, however it was part of my duties to remind the scholars of their responsibilities. This responsibility helped me grow professionally, and presented me with plenty of opportunities for growth and learning.