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What is HCASB?

Healthcare Alternative Spring Break (HCASB) aims to help pre-health undergraduates learn about the unique challenges and characteristics of rural health care through first-hand, immersive experiences. During the University of Washington’s Spring Break, teams of 4-6 undergraduates will travel to a community in rural Washington state, and shadow healthcare professionals for four days to learn about their clinical practice. The fifth day of each Spring Break experience, participants will give back to their host community, typically through school visits to promote the pursuit of higher education.

Shadowing opportunities include:

-Medicine
-Dentistry
-Nursing
-Pharmacy
-Optometry
-Physical Therapy
-Occupational Therapy
-Public Health

HCASB is an official constituent of ASUW’s Student Health Consortium (SHC) for 2016-17.

The 2017 trip dates are from Sunday, March 19th to Friday, March 24th.

Typically, teams will leave in the afternoon from the University of Washington. Shadowing occurs Monday through Thursday, usually from 9AM-5PM. On Friday, teams will participate in a volunteering activity within the community. Afterwards, they return to the University of Washington. Participants can expect to be back Friday evening.

Logistics

The cost of the trip will be in the $200-$250 range, depending on fundraising over the next few months. This cost will cover food, lodging, and transportation; any unspent funds (including $80 specifically for food) will be returned to participants at the end of their trip. Lodging and transportation to each site is planned and provided for by HCASB, via the trip fee.

Full and partial scholarships are available through an application on request. If you interested in going on the trip but are worried about finances, we highly encourage you to apply as a Team Leader or Participant as well fill out the separate scholarship application. Please do not let money discourage you from applying!

Scholarship applications are now open. 

A link to the Catalyst application is available on the homepage of our website. Applicants will be notified of their scholarship application status by early February.

Mission Statement:

“To expose the next generation of healthcare professionals to the specific healthcare needs of rural communities in Washington. By immersing the students in an interactive experience, we hope to inspire a further commitment to healthcare.”