Harvard Medical Students Learn SCF’s Approach to Health Care

Harvard medical students pose with SCF President/CEO Katherine Gottlieb.

Southcentral Foundation partnered with Harvard Medical School to host students from HMS during a four-week clerkship. While visiting Southcentral Foundation students learned from, and worked with, SCF employees who represent multiple disciplines across the Nuka System of Care. The students worked directly with customer-owners in various community settings to gain site-based experiences, where they had the opportunity to see firsthand how the Nuka System of Care effectively addresses physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness.

During their time at SCF, students were mentored by SCF President/CEO Katherine Gottlieb, who is a visiting scientist for HMS and was recently named Community Engagement Clerkship Faculty Director at SCF by HMS and the HMS Center for Primary Care. SCF provides a unique learning environment for the clerkship students which allows the opportunity to experience how we serve the community. During the clerkship, students were provided an opportunity to interact directly with clinical employees and 65,000 customer-owners in locations such as Four Directions, Brother Francis Shelter, Covenant House, Nutaqsiivik, Dena A Coy, and the Elder Program.

The students also attended SCF trainings while completing the clerkship. Within the trainings and throughout their time at SCF, the students developed interpersonal skills including compassion and storytelling tools to encourage trusting and accountable relationships with customer-owners and coworkers. Students also experienced SCF’s relationship-based care provided by an Alaska Native-owned and operated health care system. One example of the many experiences clerkship students engaged with is SCF’s Annual Elder Day of Caring. In all Alaska Native cultures, a core value is respecting the wisdom and guidance of Elder people within the community. Students learned this tradition while participating in the Day of Caring by working side by side with SCF employees to provide a direct service to elder customer-owners who had requested support. The clerkship is another example of SCF’s efforts to support its Mission of working together with the Native Community to achieve wellness through health and related services.

by SCF Public Relations

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