Long Beach - COPE Health Scholars

St. Mary Medical Center

Long Beach, CA

Program Launch: July 2004

St. Mary Medical Center was founded in August 1923 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word to serve the health care needs of Long Beach and the surrounding communities. Today, the hospital and clinics continue to deliver quality medical services and programs with a commitment to provide the best patient experience for everyone who need its care. More than 600 physicians and more than 1,350 employees work at Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center. Health Scholars serve in the 415 bed in-patient facility, several out-patient clinics and administrative departments.

Website: https://www.dignityhealth.org/stmarymedical/


Programs Offered




Health Professions Shadowing

As a Health Scholar, you may have the opportunity to shadow a health professional preceptor in addition to clinical opportunities. Preceptors include Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physical Therapists and Dentists in one or more of the following areas:

  • Anesthesiology
  • C.A.R.E. Clinic
  • C.A.R.E. Dental
  • Emergency Room
  • Internal Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Surgery
  • Trauma


Health Care Administration Opportunities

Health System Opportunities

As a Health Scholar, you may have the opportunity to explore Administrative opportunities in addition to clinical opportunities. For those interested in administration, you will  complete at least one clinical rotation and then apply for an administrative department. The departments and projects vary based on the site’s needs. Here are examples of recent administrative opportunities at this site:

  • Foundation
  • Human Resources
  • ICU Operations
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Medical Staff Administration
  • Nursing Operations
  • Performance Excellence
  • Quality Management
  • Wellness Center

Student Leadership Program

Scholars may also gain health care administration and leadership experience by joining our student leadership program.


Junior Health Scholar Mentor Program

All Junior Health Scholars who enter the program are paired with a college-age Health Scholar mentor for the first 6 months of the program. Through the mentor program, Junior Health Scholars receive benefits such as:

  • Intentional peer mentorship and support
  • Professional development workshops
  • Scholar bonding events


Program Site Info

St. Mary Medical Center
1050 Linden Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813
Phone: 562-491-9413
Email: smmc@copehealthscholars.org

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