motivated, academically strong first-year and sophomore students enrolled in the University’s pre-medical and physician
The PIPC Program is a community partnership between Gannon University and UPMC Hamot offered annually beginning in
2009. Gannon students gain valuable patient care experience working as nurse assistants at UPMC Hamot. This
experience, and acceptance in the competitive PIPC program, can be a valuable part of an application to medical school
application and subsequent training for a career in health care.
The students benefit by gaining direct patient care experience as well as on-the-job interaction with various disciplines that
comprise the health care team, an experience that helps to shape and solidify the students’ career paths—all while working
in a paid position on-staff at UPMC Hamot.
To qualify, applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher upon completion of the fall semester, complete a four-hour shadow
experience and participate in a formal interview.
Students chosen for the program participate in 120 hours of paid training, which will include classroom lecture, skill mastery
and supervised hands-on clinical training. Training began last month at the end of the spring semester. Successful
applicants commit to remaining an employee of UPMC Hamot Medical Center for a total of 2,080 hours (presuming UPMC
Hamot continues to need their services) including summer, holiday, night and weekend hours.
The nine students were honored at a ceremony at the University’s Morosky College of Health and Professions and
Sciences, where they were presented with certificates of completion.
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