Preceptorship Program | Medical Organization for Latino Advancement

Preceptorship Program for Chicagoland Bilingual Candidates with the  Medical Organization for Latino Advancement 

Brief description 

In alignment with MOLA’s mission, the Preceptorship Program is designed to provide the  selected candidate with a wide range of learning opportunities to build skills for the  healthcare industry, with emphasis on non-for-profit, Health Administration, Public Health and  Health Professional Associations. MOLA is a comprehensive professional medical association  that focuses on the advancement, health, and wellness of Hispanic/Latinos and provides ample  exposure for interdisciplinary engagement within the health professions with focus on physicians  and physicians-in-training throughout the pipeline. More information about MOLA’s mission and  structure is available at 

Preceptorship Objectives 
  • Apply academic learning to real-world practice. 
  • Understand the healthcare professional and public health non-for-profit organization, including its responsibilities, structure and objectives.
  • Integrate howaspecific project relates to larger organizational goals.
  • Gain experience and further develop skills in a professional healthcare setting. 
Field Opportunity 

MOLA’s organizational structure provides two main fields of learning opportunities: 

  • Organizational development and governance working directly with the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. The board of directors comprises volunteer work in the areas of:  Board Development, Finances, Governance and Communications.  
  • Program Development. MOLA’s programmatic development is organized in following  committees: Public Health, Education & Research, Mentorship, Wellness, Advocacy, International Graduates, and Medical Students. 
Requirements to apply: 

Candidates must indicate the reasons why they are interested in this opportunity and  demonstrate: 

  • Intent to pursue advanced graduate degree related to healthcare (e.g individuals taking a gap year between undergraduate degree and medical/graduate school) or current enrollment in a graduate program (current graduate students must explain how MOLA’s  internship will integrate with his/her graduate program work and must have approval from graduate program to be selected.) 
  • Pertinent professional work or academic/scholarly work aligned with MOLA’s mission and  the above organizational and programmatic fields.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 
  • Immigrant and minority health exposure is highly valued. 

The MOLA preceptorship is planned for one academic year, including Summer. Estimated as an average of 20-25 hours per week; however, students can spend as much time participating as  applicable, and this may vary on a weekly basis. 

Exact start and end date can be negotiated.  Target start date: February 15th, 2021. 

In particular, MOLA’s annual symposium in the Fall is our largest academic event and will require  significant support, including increased availability in late September and early October, 2021 and for the two  weeks prior to the event. 


  • Joaquín Estrada, MD, President of the Board of Directors, Colorectal Surgeon at  Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center 
  • Oscar Zambrano MPH, MBA, Vice President of the Board of Directors, Director of Health  Equity and Physician Relations, LGBT Ombudsman and Chair of Diversity and Inclusion at  Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Board Member and Chair of Strategic Planning  Committee at Howard Brown Health (FQHC)
  • Geraldine Luna, MD, MPH, Treasurer of the Board of Directors, Geriatric Internal  Medicine Physician at University of Illinois 


A student non-employment expense stipend of $400.00 a month is provided after the first 90  days of starting the Preceptorship Program, and continues through the completion of  service. Student must provide a weekly report of activities and time spent to be verified by the preceptor prior to processing stipend payment. 


Meetings and shadowing for MOLA’s preceptorship take place in diverse work settings where  our volunteer preceptors’ work, and most meetings are held during evening hours. A  significant amount of project related work is online and can be completed remotely. Given  several health systems and work setting where our board and volunteers work, this  internship provides a wide range of exposure to different health settings, from community 

clinics, to community hospitals, to large health systems to academic centers. Currently, there  are flexible work sites, mainly at 836 West Wellington Ave, Chicago IL 6057 (Lakeview). 

Preceptorship Scope 

Includes small to medium scale projects that can be completed during the term, as well as  other opportunities that promote an understanding of the organization such as shadowing,  event planning, department tasks or networking. 

Other examples of responsibilities include: 

– Data collection and analysis for ongoing program research, including development of  conclusions and next steps 

– Secondary research for, and the development of, a database for marketing an  organization’s services 

– Research and consolidation of best practices in key organizational areas to support  member materials. 

How to Apply 

Application Open: January 10th, 2020

Application cycle will close when position is filled

To apply: 

Please email the following materials to [email protected] 

  1. Statement of interest indicating your personal fit for this position and  specifically addressing how the candidate meets the “requirements to apply”  above. 
  2. Updated CV 
  3. Please include 3 references’ names, emails and phone numbers whom we  could contact for additional information. (You do not need to provide letters  of reference at the time of application.) The information about your  references can be included at the end of your CV or within your letter or  statement of interest. 
  4. Please indicate in your letter or email your intended start date for the  Internship. If your start date is flexible, please provide the range of your  flexibility. 

When a completed application is received, the candidate will be notified of receipt via email.  Selected candidates will be invited to interview for the position. The application cycle will be  open and candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Medical Organization for Latino Advancement

Chicago, Illinois

[email protected]