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The Winter Term EMT Program is a credit bearing comprehensive, emergency medical internship that is co-sponsored by Middlebury College and Middlebury Regional EMS (MREMS).
The intensive month long program will provide students the opportunity to become nationally certified EMT-B’s. EMT skills may be used to provide medical support on the ambulance, at the Open Door Clinic and other College and community events.
The application process begins in early fall each year with students attending the WT EMT Course Information Session, at which time you will learn about the program including the cost of the internship and complete a preliminary application. Once preliminary applications have been reviewed, students accepted into the program are given three weeks to complete a series of tasks (form completion, immunizations, payment, etc).
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Learn more and apply on Handshake – Application deadline is February 7, 2020
Primary Responsibilities:EMR Compliance: Assist with all administrative duties around compliance with the league-wide Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system standards.
- Compliance Administration: Assist with all aspects of program to ensure EMR standards compliance.
- Regular Monitoring of Records: Monitor completeness of entries and provide feedback to Clubs to ensure that all appropriate documentation is entered in the EMR.
- Club Support: Serve as key point-of-contact for Club baseball operations and medical personnel on EMR compliance.
EMR Development & Maintenance: Assist with development of EMR and other IT systems for tracking injury and medical information.
- EMR Strategy: Help to set strategy for EMR development with Club athletic trainers, physicians and other Commissioner’s Office employees.
- Vendor Management: Work with IT vendors and internal IT staff to develop, test and market the EMR.
Injury Analysis: Complete analysis of player injury-related topics for Commissioner’s Office and Clubs.
- Injury Trend Reports: Create reports tracking injury trends in Major League Baseball at the Major and Minor League levels.
- Ad-Hoc Injury Projects: Complete ad-hoc analysis for the Commissioner’s Office, Clubs, and any medical experts or consultants employed by the Commissioner’s Office.
Medical Research: Provide support for all league-wide medical and injury research projects.
- Research Support: Work with joint MLB-MLBPA epidemiologists and research groups to complete injury research projects.
- Research Meetings Document Production: Help create presentations for Medical Advisory Committee meetings and other medical meetings throughout year.
Special Projects and Other Labor Relations Responsibilities: Other projects as assigned by Sr. Coordinator, Medical Administration.Desired Skills:
- Very strong written and oral communication skills
- Strong quantitative background including experience working with large data sets and leading complex analysis
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Powerpoint)
- Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to manage relationships in a fast-paced business environment
- Familiarity with, and interest in, Major League Baseball, particularly in baseball medical and injury topics.
- Undergraduate degree with strong academic performance, preferably including a focus in scientific or other quantitative coursework
- 1-2 years professional experience preferred
Research Fellowship with National Human Genome Research Institute – Application Deadline is May 31, 2020
The Health Disparities Unit (HDU) in the Social and Behavioral Research Branch (SBRB) of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) is recruiting a post-baccalaureate research fellow interested in the study of 1) the intersection of genomics, social determinants of health, and health inequities specifically related to the integration of precision medicine and/or curative genetic therapies into health care; or 2) societal issues of genomics, race and human genetic variation; or 3) clinical, genomic and psychosocial factors in sickle cell disease. The Unit studies sickle cell disease as a case study of a genetic condition with a history of inequities in research and clinical care. Post-baccalaureate fellows are expected to develop their own project within the scope of ongoing research in the Unit and participate in the training and mentoring programs for NIH post-baccalaureate fellows. Fellowship term is 2 years.
SBRB is a research program within the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) which focuses on a spectrum of disorders, from those that have a major public health impact, to rare genetic conditions with significant impact on affected families. We conduct research at the intersection of genomics and the social and behavioral sciences and train the next generation of scientists and clinicians in this domain. We approach research with a social genomics lens by investigating the role that social determinants play in creating disparities in risk, morbidity, and mortality of disease. The mission of the HDU within SBRB is to investigate approaches to translating new genomic knowledge and precision medicine into clinical settings without exacerbating health inequities. Vence Bonham, JD is the lead investigator for the Unit
Further information about the Social and Behavioral Research Branch and Division of Intramural Research may be found at: https://www.genome.gov/about-nhgri/Division-of-Intramural-Research/Social-Behavioral-Research-Branch.
Aspiring doctors can save up to $2,000 in MCAT®, MCAT prep materials, and medical school application fees. Here are seven facts about the program, including whether you qualify.
Applying to medical school comes with plenty of challenges. There are hours prepping for the MCAT® exam, days poring over applications, and nights worrying about which schools are within reach. But money should not be among the barriers, say those who hope to build a robust and diverse medical workforce.
That’s why the AAMC created its Fee Assistance Program 50 years ago. Those who qualify receive a host of valuable benefits, including a reduced fee for the MCAT exam and more than $900 worth of free medical school applications through the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®).
Thousands qualify: In 2019, the program provided $9.1 million in benefits to more than 8,500 applicants. Yet too few know about the assistance program, which will accept applications for this year’s cycle starting on Jan. 27, explains Gabrielle Campbell, the AAMC’s chief services officer.
“This program exists to help those who can’t afford to take the MCAT exam and apply to medical schools,” says Campbell. “Unfortunately, people who could benefit from it aren’t as aware of it as we would like. That’s partly because of the lack of prehealth advisors in some areas where students could use the assistance.”
The AAMC is therefore working to redouble its efforts to get the word out, Campbell notes, including outreach through the AMCAS program. “We would like nothing more than to reach every student who could benefit,” she says.
Here are seven helpful facts about the AAMC Fee Assistance Program, including tips to help you determine whether you qualify:
1. The program pays for key parts of the application process.
Eligible students will receive benefits that can total more than $2,000, including:
- More than $900 worth of free medical school applications through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).
- A $190 reduction in the MCAT exam registration fee.
- Free access to all online MCAT Official Prep products.
- A free subscription to the Medical School Admissions Requirements database, which provides essential information about dozens of medical schools.
- Up to $800 toward an updated psychoeducational or medical evaluation, if needed, to support an application for MCAT accommodations.
2. Whether or not you qualify is based on your income.
How do you know if you’re eligible? In 2020, you qualify for assistance if each household on your application, including your parents’ household — or households, if they’re divorced — has an income at or below 300% of the 2019 national poverty level for your size family. (Learn more about your parents’ role in #4 below.)
Here’s an example: If you come from a family of four and your entire family’s income for the prior year was less than $77,250, you would receive aid.
3. You should assemble all paperwork before applying.
Campbell suggests waiting until you have assembled all necessary documents — such as your federal income tax forms or W-2s, any parental tax forms, and proof of Social Security benefits — before beginning your application. “It’s best not to piecemeal it since that prolongs the process unnecessarily,” she says.
Campbell offers other practical advice: Double check all documents to make sure they are from the correct year, ensure that every document that needs a signature has it, and confirm that any attachments you upload can be opened.
4. Your parents will need to supply financial documents and sign forms.
“Every single person who applies has to provide parental income information,” says Campbell. No matter your age, your marital status, your tax filing status, or even your parents’ country of residence, you will need to present your parents’ financial information and supporting tax documentation. This requirement still applies even if you are an independent adult living on your own. So, even if you’re 30 years old and married with children, you still have to provide your parents’ income. That’s to ensure that the program helps students who can’t afford to apply even without the help of their parents.
However, notes Campbell, sometimes applicants are estranged from one or both parents and can’t get the necessary information. If that’s the case, you should contact the Fee Assistance Program office (see fact #7 below).
There are more parent-related rules — including that divorced parents have to both provide financial information — so make sure to read more about what you’ll need.
5. Most students living in the United States are eligible to apply.
You can apply to the program if you are a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident (also known as a green card holder). Those with refugee, asylum, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status also qualify — as does anyone who is awaiting refugee or asylum approval and has a U.S. Employment Authorization Document.
The AAMC and the Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada offer a parallel program (with separate rules and deadlines) for Canadian citizens and residents.
6. Every applicant that qualifies receives the full package of benefits.
“If you meet the eligibility requirements, you receive assistance,” says Campbell, adding that the program does not place a cap on the number of students who can benefit.
Here’s how it works: Once you apply to the program, a screening algorithm checks whether your income meets the requirements. Applications that make it through the online system are rechecked by AAMC staff before eligibility is established and assistance is granted.
There are a few exceptions, though: If you previously received assistance five times, you will not get aid again — even if you meet eligibility criteria. Also, aid doesn’t cover costs you incurred before acceptance into the program. And you can only receive the MCAT Official Prep products benefit once in a lifetime, regardless of how many times you have been awarded assistance through the program.
7. AAMC Fee Assistance Program team members are here to help.
Complete details of the AAMC Fee Assistance Program can be found online. You can send any unanswered questions to email@example.com or call 202-828-0600.
These internships with Massachusetts General Hospital expire on February 28, 2020
- Digital Marketing Internship in Healthcare: Graphic Design
- Working within a complex design system with multiple content types and relationships, develop and apply guidelines for the optimal presentation of pediatric services. Build sample pages in the content management system and present to hospital leadership. Conduct usability testing and recommend best practices. Internship may be completed remotely with weekly check-in meetings with the senior manager of digital strategy and web development and other hospital staff as needed.
- Digital Marketing Internship in Healthcare: Photography
- Develop photo guidelines and styles for www.massgeneralforchildren.org, and schedule and shoot photos in clinical and research areas of the hospital. Get images of clinical services, research labs, and doctors ranked in Google and other search engines.
- Digital Marketing Internship in Healthcare: Digital Marketing Analyst
- Using Google Analytics and other analytics tools, generate actionable insights from data that lead to innovations and improvements vital to supporting the success of prospective and current patients, referring physicians, and internal stakeholders. Help identify opportunities in digital marketing, help devise strategy, and identify key performance indicators to measure success. Help prepare and present data in a way that allows doctors and administrators to understand opportunities and take action.
- Digital Marketing Internship in Healthcare: Writing
- Help prospective patients find the services they need by updating and optimizing existing web pages on www.massgeneralforchildren.org and by writing new pages. Work to get clinical services, research labs, and doctors ranked in Google and other search engines. Interns research how people use search engines to learn about health topics (we’ll teach you how) and how related health information is presented on the web. Then they interview doctors and administrators and draft articles for approval and publish on www.massgeneralforchildren.org.
- Web Production Internship
- Working in templates in a content management system, the intern will edit web pages and create new web pages to help ensure the hospital’s clinical services, research, and other programs are accurately represented. There are also opportunities to study how content types on massgeneral.org relate through taxonomy and recommend best practices to optimize visibility of pediatric services and to study and optimize site search as well as Find a Doctor and other systems.
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The central role of the Medical Scribe is to relieve the physician of clerical or secretarial duties; thus allowing the physician to focus more directly on clinical care. The scribe is an unlicensed person and exclusively non-clinical. They do not touch patients and do not engage in any type of patient care. A scribe’s role is limited to documentation and efficiency management for the physician.
The scribe observes the physician during patient encounters and performs documentation on the physician’s behalf. Under the direction of the physician, they enter information into the patient’s electronic or written chart. All documentation is reviewed and edited by the physician. It is signed with an attestation by the provider that the scribed chart accurately reflects all work, treatment, procedures, and medical decision making performed by them.
Scribes function as the physician’s personal secretary and requires access to electronic databases that is similar to the access granted to the physicians themselves. Within the framework of an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system the scribe needs the functionality to find old records and results. At the physician’s request, the scribe must be able to locate past medical records, prior lab/radiology results, or past visit histories for the physician to review. Additionally, within the EMR itself the scribe needs the ability to enter data into the chart on the physician’s behalf. All scribe-entered data is reviewed and authenticated by the physician.
Congress recently approved a funding increase for the National Institutes of Health and reauthorized the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Here’s why that’s important.
This article, written by Karen Fisher and Ross McKinney, was originally published in January 2020 for the Association of American Medical Colleges.
An estimated 4,750 Americans will be told today that they have cancer. Another 4,100 will be diagnosed with diabetes, and 2,000 more will have a heart attack. For these patients — and thousands of others who wish to prevent life-threatening and life-changing conditions such as kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, or stroke — the best hope lies in the latest advances in medical research.
Most of that research is taking place at academic medical centers, and much of it is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the world’s largest public funder of medical research.
With the urging of the AAMC, Congress passed a spending bill in late December that provided a $2.6 billion (6.7%) increase in the fiscal year 2020 budget for the NIH, marking the fifth consecutive annual increase of $2 billion or more.
The same package also included a 10-year reauthorization of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which funds comparative effectiveness research to help patients and clinicians determine the best treatment options for many conditions, including prostate cancer, diabetes, and chest pain. Since it was first authorized in 2010, PCORI has funded hundreds of studies that are working to improve care and reduce costs to patients and payers. The AAMC was a leading voice in securing the additional decade of funding for PCORI, which will provide a stable foundation for continuing this important work.
Both the NIH and PCORI are key components of the nation’s research continuum, working in partnership with medical schools, teaching hospitals, and other federal agencies to promote better health outcomes for all patients.
For example, because of the federal investment in the NIH over the years, biomedical researchers across the country are revolutionizing cancer treatment through immunotherapy, which harnesses a patient’s own immune cells to attack cancer cells. CAR-T therapy, one of the most advanced forms of immunotherapy, has been approved to treat children with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia — the most common childhood cancer — and adults with advanced lymphomas. Inspired by this finding, other NIH-funded researchers at academic medical centers are exploring whether immunotherapy could work against solid tumors like breast or colorectal cancer, potentially giving rise to alternative treatment options when surgery or chemotherapy fail.
As our understanding of medicine improves, navigating different treatment options can be complex for patients and clinicians alike. PCORI’s focus on comparative effectiveness research is playing a key role in facilitating shared decision-making by helping the full range of stakeholders, including patients, families, and clinicians, understand the evidence on how various care options compare to one another.
In 2017, for example, two PCORI-funded studies outlined the differing effects on quality of life of the three most widely used treatments for prostate cancer with a low risk of spreading to other parts of the body: laparoscopic surgery, radiation therapy, and active surveillance. All three provide the same likelihood of survival, but the studies showed that they each carried different side effects. The results of the studies, conducted at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, enable the nearly 3 million men with prostate cancer to understand their treatment options and work with their doctors to determine the best course of action based on their goals.
This important institute also works with stakeholders from across the health care community to determine its priorities. As its name suggests, it especially views patients as key partners in the research process. It also proactively works to disseminate and implement its findings across the health care system.
PCORI’s focus on engaging patients and ensuring its findings are integrated into medical practice — and the NIH’s continued funding of transformative biomedical research — will enable our physicians to continue to provide the most innovative, lifesaving care to millions of patients across the country. Recognizing the value of this important work, we are grateful that Congress renewed PCORI for another decade and made another meaningful investment in the NIH. Still, we know that even with these remarkable investments, more discovery awaits, and more work remains to be done to create the knowledge and tools to move research findings into clinical practice.
As we look to the year ahead, we must ensure that policymakers continue to understand the importance of a robust research pipeline, including PCORI and the NIH, as well as other federal research agencies that complement their work. The Department of Veterans Affairs, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Science Foundation, and others all advance our national research agenda. Likewise, public health agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and others are key partners in improving our nation’s health.
The AAMC will continue to be a strong voice for why federal investment in these agencies must be a top national priority. Our patients and their families deserve no less.
Karen Fisher, JD, is chief public policy officer for the AAMC.
Ross McKinney, MD, is chief scientific officer for the AAMC.
Learn More and Apply on Handshake – Application Deadline is April 30, 2020
GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:
The Hariri Optical Imaging Laboratory is a multidisciplinary research group at Massachusetts General Hospital. The focus of the laboratory is on the design, development and clinical translation of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for the detection, diagnosis and assessment of pulmonary diseases, including lung fibrosis, lung cancer, and inhalational lung diseases. A highly motivated, independent, and organized individual with an interest in optical imaging and medicine is sought for a Research Technician position. The primary role of the successful candidate will be to assist in research projects that seek to translate optical imaging devices for the detection, diagnosis, and assessment of pulmonary disease. Studies will range from device development to pilot clinical studies and multicenter clinical studies, including participating in patient imaging studies in the operating rooms and bronchoscopy suites. These responsibilities may be expanded based on the interests and career goals of the candidate. This is an ideal position for individuals looking to gain research experience prior to applying to graduate or medical school.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Assist with multiple research projects including the development and implementation of optical imaging devices and related components, conducting preclinical and clinical imaging studies, ex vivo tissue imaging experiments, and processing, analyzing and storing data.
- Participate in data collection in patient imaging studies in the operating rooms and bronchoscopy suites, including interacting with collaborating surgeons and pulmonologists
- Manage clinical research protocols/studies including obtaining and maintaining regulatory approvals, coordinating study subject visits and the collection of data, obtaining study consent, completion of case report forms, and all other study related materials and correspondence.
- Assist with other laboratory activities, such as maintaining a computer server and ordering supplies and equipment.
- Self-motivated candidates with excellent communication and organizational skills.
- Ability to prioritize and organize workload.
- Ability to work well in a multidisciplinary collaborative hospital research environment, including with post-doctoral researchers, physicians, engineers, scientists, etc.
- A Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Engineering, Biology, or related discipline required).
- Minimum commitment of 2 years.
- A strong interest in medical research.
- Basic computing skills.
- Prior laboratory experience (preferred but not required).
- Experience with Matlab (preferred but not required).
Assistant Researcher at the William Montague Cobb Research Laboratory
“I think it is very important to introduce diversity in the various databases on the human genome. Many of the original genome projects centered on European-descended populations and this project is one of the first steps to unlocking questions like “Why are Black women 243% more likely to die in childbirth (compared to White women”? Or “Why are African Americans prone to hypertension, diabetes, etc.?”
How did you find your internship? Dr. Jeremy Ward.
What was your work like? One of the main projects I worked on was Petrous Bone Extraction of the bones in the William Cobb Collection. William Montague Cobb was the first African American to get an MD/PhD and went on to found a lab. He studied over 100 African Americans who died between the 1930s and 1960s and conducted autopsies on each of the individuals. My research included extracting over 200 petrous bones–a dense region on the side of the skull next to the ear canal–in order to sequence the DNA of the individuals who passed. After extracting the petrous bone, we found susceptibility genes for the diseases the individuals died from. Among the diseases were tuberculosis, diabetes mellitus, atherosclerosis, and more. A lot of the diseases are still the main cause of death of Blacks today. After the DNA is sequenced, we cross matched their genes with the susceptibility genes to see if there were matches. In the future, we will be able to address the weaknesses that may or may not have to do with our genetic codes. Ideally, we will be able to have prenatal testing where we identify these genes and advocate a healthy lifestyle that will suppress the likelihood of these diseases manifesting and taking the lives of our people.
How did CCI help you find this opportunity? Funding, advising, moral support, EVERYTHING!
What advice do you have for Middlebury students looking for an internship? Think outside the box! Don’t think that the organized programs are the only internships you have available to you…there are countless others you can make up or find anywhere.
What was the most rewarding aspect of your work? Being surrounded by black scholars.
And to add to this question from Megan’s interview in the Cobb’s Corner News: Seeing people in positions of power in STEM that are Black is what I will cherish the most. Carter [Clinton, Assistant Curator] is a great example as well, with both of us being from Brooklyn. I’m reading a book by Elaine Welteroth called More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) where she mentions that it is “important to leave signposts along the journey of success for those that come behind you.” I believe there will be another young girl like me who is obsessed with science like me but needs a role model to show her that women and people of color can succeed. I really want to be that guiding light just like this experience has illuminated my journey.
Did you have a mentor that helped you get to where you are today? If so, who? Jeremy Ward, Susan DeSimone, and much much much more.
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