Addressing the complex needs of high-utilizing patients


Along with the Camden Coalition for Healthcare Providers, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the National Academies of Practice and the Council on Social Work Education, Primary Care Progress is a proud partner in the Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Collaborative. This annual, six-month learning collaborative trains interprofessional student teams from across the country as they learn to identify and engage with high-utilizing patients in their communities with multiple complex health conditions. In the process, supported by PCP's Relational Leadership™ training, they develop their own capacity for teamwork, leadership, and advocacy.


2018 Program

The application period for 2018 is now open. Students will be placed in one of these four institutional hubs based on the indicated preference in each student's application:


Thomas Jefferson University – Philadelphia, PA

Samuel Merritt University – Oakland, CA

University of Utah – Salt Lake City, UT

Southern Illinois University – Springfield, IL


Each student hub will be responsible for hosting the kick-off and wrap-up events and for running the daily programmatic operations of the program. The Camden Coalition will provide programmatic and curriculum oversight. Before applying, all applications must:


  • Create an interprofessional team of 4-6 students. Fields can include nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, medicine, dentistry, social work, business, etc. Greater interprofessional diversity will strengthen an application.
  • Each team should designate at least one physician, one nurse, and one clinical social worker to serve as project advisors for the team. It is recommended, however not required, that one or more advisors serve as faculty members at an institution involved in the project. Teams are welcome to include additional project advisors at their discretion.


Visit the Camden Coalition website to learn more about expectations during the program and view the application. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 11, 2018. Please contact if you have any questions.

A Closer Look


Interprofessional student teams recruit up to four highly complex patients and provide them with care coordination, connection to community resources, education about their conditions, engagement with their care, and critical assistance teams who help manage some of the complex stressors in their lives. In the process, students build powerful relationships with patients, their families, and caregivers, helping them to recognize how this approach improves outcomes. Teams are comprised of a wide range of professions, including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, social work, public health, psychology, epidemiology, biomedical science, occupational therapy, health administration, medical dietetics, community health, and business.


PCP Teams involved in hotspotting have included Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Minnesota, Ohio State, Quinnipiac, and Salt Lake City.


Learn more about the program.