Student Placement Opportunities & Street Medicine Fellowship
Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net partners with many respected colleges and universities worldwide to offer eligible students real-world, experiential learning in street medicine and in a caring, supportive environment. Credit and non-credit opportunities are available to undergraduate and graduate students.
Applicants who have completed a residency in internal medicine, family medicine, or psychiatry are invited to apply for a non-accredited, one-year Street Medicine Fellowship. Sponsored by the UPMC Mercy Department of Medicine and in collaboration with Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net, Pittsburgh Mercy’s award-winning homeless services program, this fellowship is the first of its kind to focus on the delivery of health care in street medicine settings. Care is delivered directly to persons who are experiencing homelessness.
Under the medical direction of Dr. Jim Withers, street medicine fellows gain knowledge in the practice of street medicine and learn the leadership skills necessary to create and run their own street medicine programs. An emphasis is placed on the improved care of people who are homeless, within a large, inner-city teaching hospital.
A portion of the fellowship includes travel to other cities within the global street medicine network to deepen the fellow’s understanding of best practices within this newer field of medicine.