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Galen Health Fellows

Five Core Pillars

Our core pillars are more than just academic imperatives. They serve as our foundation that can serve as lifelong tools to be successful as a future healthcare provider.

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What It Means

Each pillar identifies key skills and behaviors that are needed as a future healthcare provider. We use the pillars to provide a structured guide for your professional development.

Each pillar shapes the core of our program and are essential to your growth and well-being, as a student, citizen, and future healthcare provider. Engagement of with our core pillars will offer you a strategic advantage, whether you are applying for graduate school or moving directly into the workforce upon graduation.


Our five core pillars include:

  • Cultural Competence

    Awareness of, and sensitivity to, social, cultural, and linguistic differences. Through study abroad opportunities and discussions about global health care issues, you can develop an understanding of health care as it relates to culture, demographics and the world at large.


  • Interprofessional Collaboration

    Make connections between ideas and concepts across different disciplinary boundaries. Interprofessional training will prepare you for graduate and professional study, and for careers in new and emerging fields.


  • Effective Communication

    Knowing how to assess and effectively communicate information is an important skill set. Effective communication experiences will prepare you for graduate and professional study, for careers in new and emerging fields, and how to communicate to a broad range of people and institutions.


  • Service 

    Cultivate empathy. Your acts of service can have a significant impact on people's lives and on organizations within your community. Take advantage of volunteer opportunities.


  • Leadership 

    Model good citizenship. Serve as a positive example to your community on campus and beyond. Get involved in student organizations and  other leadership opportunities with Galen.


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