Bridging the Gaps

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Bridging the Gaps (BTG) links the training of health and social service professionals with the provision of health-related service to underserved communities.  Begun in 1991, BTG is now administered by a 5-institution consortium of academic health centers in Philadelphia (Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University, and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine).

Bridging the Gaps includes three component programs:


BTG Community Health Internship Program (BTG-CHIP)

This seven-week, paid, summer internship for graduate-level students in the health disciplines, provides non-clinical heath related services to underserved populations, while incorporating interdisciplinary training on the psychosocial issues affecting health and the delivery of healthcare. 

BTG Seminar Series

Eight evening seminars are held throughout the academic year, addressing topics related to population health and care coordination.  Dinner is served, and preregistration is required.  Seminars are open to health and social service professional students at BTG academic health centers.

BTG Clinical Program

The Clinical Program is an advanced community experience that continues the interdisciplinary approach of the Community Health Internship Program.  To be eligible, students must have reached the clinical portion of their training.  Students may elect to rotate through one of three Philadelphia program sites:  Covenant House, Wissahickon Hospice and Prevention Point Phildelphia.

Students who complete the BTG-CHIP, attend a minimum of 6 BTG seminars, and complete a Clinical Program rotation will graduate from their school as a Bridging the Gaps Scholar.