Since 1999 the GSSWSR has participated in the “Bridging the Gaps” Community Health Internship Program (CHIP). The seven week program links the training of health and social service professionals with the provision of services to underserved communities. In addition to the field assignments, students meet weekly with their academic preceptors and participate in weekly training sessions where community members and health professionals help them build skills in working with diverse populations.
The five Philadelphia academic health centers: Drexel University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University, and the University of Pennsylvania, are the collaborative partners whose students from the disciplines of medicine, nursing, dentistry, occupational health and social work are assigned to a diverse range of community sites. Bryn Mawr students are participants in the Thomas Jefferson University group.