Hospital Elder Learning Program (HELP)

University of Dayton Students have the opportunity to gain clinical experience by participating in HELP, an innovative model program designed to improve the hospital experience of older patients. Students must be registered for the premed mini-course MED 220 which is a 1 sem. hr. Pass/Fail course. Students must also complete the training program, including a sixteen-hour volunteer training session prior to the start of the program, and commit to a minimum of sixty volunteer hours throughout the semester.

MED 220 Course Description:

Experiential course utilizing the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP). In this program student volunteers carry out program interventions directly at the bedside. This training program gives volunteers a level of patient contact and responsibility that is unique among hospital programs. The training course includes instruction in the four volunteer intervention programs: Daily Visitor Program, Feeding Assistance Program, Early Mobilization Program, Therapeutic Activities Program. Students must complete all elements of the training program including classroom instruction, Sim lab skills check-offs, and fulfill all required supervised training hours.

Rationale for MED 220 Course:

It is important for students entering healthcare professions to be cognizant of the complex needs of patients and be oriented to a variety of healthcare environments. This course provides an opportunity for students to develop skills related to working with older patients in a hospitalized setting. The class helps students develop clinical skills related to interacting with patients, incorporating a treatment plan into patient interactions and helping patients maintain cognitive and physical functioning throughout hospitalization. Finally, students will gain insight into the inpatient population and medical team involved in inpatient services. MED 220 provides students with an opportunity to gain the prerequisite clinical experience in order to take the MED 480 capstone course which is required for graduation.

Please see the syllabus in the documents and links section for more information about the content of the training and the expectations of participation.

Instructions:

IMPORTANT: TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM YOU MUST ATTEND THE 16 HOUR TRAINING

If admitted to the course, you will work with Matt Jasko at Miami Valley Hospital to schedule your volunteer shifts after you are trained. You must make yourself available for 4 hours per week for the semester.

SUMMER 2017 TRAINING DATES ARE AS FOLLOWS (choose one session):

May 8 and 9 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

May 11 and 12 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

June 8 and 9 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

June 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. -5 p.m.

FALL 2017 TRAINING DATES ARE AS FOLLOWS (choose one session):

August 7 and 8  Time TBA

August 21 and 22  Time TBA

Shifts that will be filled:

Monday - Friday:

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In order to be registered for the course, you must submit to Julia Russell (jrussell1@udayton.edu) the following:

  • Miami Valley Volunteer Application
  • Verification of two step TB Test
  • HELP Volunteer Information

You also need to provide the following documentation:

  • Printout of your immunization history
  • Flu Shot Verification

There is space for 20 students. PLEASE EMAIL JULIA RUSSELL (jrussell1@udayton.edu) and UPLOAD/ATTACH YOUR 3 DOCUMENTS if you want to be registered for the class. BE SURE YOU ARE ABLE TO ATTEND THE TRAINING BEFORE YOU COMMIT. 

ONCE YOU HAVE SUBMITTED YOUR COMPLETED DOCUMENTS, AND COMMITTED TO THE COURSE, PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SHORT SURVEY SO WE KNOW OF YOUR AVAILABILITY AND CAN BEGIN PLANNING.

Students will be registered for MED 220 once your completed forms and survey are received. MED 220 is a one-sem. hr. pass/fail course or can be taken for zero sem. hr. over the summer term.  Please indicate in your email if you wish to take the course for one or zero sem. hrs.

Please contact Dr. Scheltens if you have questions regarding the HELP program.

Documents and links:

Miami Valley Volunteer Application Form (pdf) >

Two-step TB verification Form (pdf) >

HELP Volunteer Information Form (pdf) >

HELP Course Syllabus UD (pdf) >

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