A self-professed science geek, Anand Chukka arrived at Washington University in St. Louis eager to prepare for a career in medicine. As a December degree candidate, he has accomplished just that. He majored in biochemistry in Arts & Sciences; conducted medical research in labs in St. Louis, Boston and San Francisco; and serves as co-president of GlobeMed, a student-run nonprofit that addresses health inequities.
But he also majored in American culture studies in Arts & Sciences, a decision that reaffirmed his passion for medicine and positions him to be a better doctor.
“I have learned that health is not just CRISPR and gene editing,” Chukka said. “It is economic policy and the criminal justice system. It’s housing ordinances and racial policies. My courses in American culture studies taught me to take a more holistic view. I understand now that culture shapes policy and policy shapes health outcomes.”
OhanaHealth is designed to connect the best and brightest entrepreneurial students from all over the country, with high-growth start-ups that are solving some of the biggest problems in healthcare.
It’s their belief that, in order to build a great company, you need great people. At Ohana, they connect incredible students who are passionate about moving healthcare innovation forward, with companies that are doing just that.
Healthcare Innovation Full-Time Position
OhanaHealth’s Full-Time Fellows program is a “one of a kind” experience designed for recent grads to build a career in healthcare innovation. With OhanaHealth, students with a passion to see positive change in healthcare through entrepreneurship are connected to leading health / healthcare organizations that are currently researching, designing, and implementing healthcare innovation initiatives. Fellows receive an immersive, hands-on experience, as they work with a startup to solve some of the biggest problems in healthcare. Learn more in Handshake.
Healthcare Innovation Internship
OhanaHealth’s Internship Program is a “one of a kind” internship experience designed for students with a passion to see positive change in healthcare through entrepreneurship. Ohana works with exciting health / healthcare organizations that are currently researching, designing, and implementing healthcare innovation initiatives. Fellows receive an immersive, hands-on experience, as they work with a startup to solve some of the biggest problems in healthcare. Learn more in Handshake.
“After my summer as an OhanaHealth intern, I have such a better understanding about what non-clinical work in the healthcare field looks like. I’m excited about the direction healthcare innovation is headed, and I’m glad I had the chance to do real, meaningful work while also learning and growing.” ~Jordan Moody, Vanderbilt University
Kaplan has winter break goodies for everyone: 6 days of free, live MCAT help for students!
Free MCAT Prep Study Break, December 21-30
You can make the most of their winter break and get a jump on your MCAT prep. Kaplan’s top-rated experts will review high-yield science topics, offer a practice test, and teach time-saving strategies in livestreamed sessions.
Brought to you by Sarah Wall ’16
At Boston Children’s Hospital, success is measured in patients treated, parents comforted and teams taught. It’s in discoveries made, processes perfected, and technology advanced. In major medical breakthroughs and small acts of kindness. And in colleagues who have your back and patients who have your heart. As the teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, their reach is global and their impact is profound. Join their acclaimed Division of GI/Nutrition and discover how your talents can change lives. Yours included.
They are looking for a talented and motivated Clinical Research Assistant I to join Dr. Scott Snapper’s Lab in the IBD Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. You will be working with a research team that is focused on better understanding the genetic, environmental, and microbial factors that lead to the pathogenesis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. To advance their understanding of this complex disease, they leverage expertise in gastroenterology, mucosal immunology, genomics/bioinformatics, and translational medicine. They are looking for a person who is motivated, eager to learn and will work well in a quickly adaptive environment.
This Clinical Research Assistant I will be responsible for:
- Coordinating various clinical and translational research studies.
- Recruiting and enrolling study participants in an inpatient and outpatient clinical setting.
- Collecting and processing of biological specimens.
- Completing data entry for active studies.
- Assisting with the analysis of clinical metadata compiled through various databases.
- Performing a variety of innovative translational and clinical research studies.
- Opportunities that exist, depending on interest and need, for involvement in studies related to analysis of human sequencing data, as well as translational research techniques.
If anyone would like to reach out to Sarah Wall directly, you can do so here.
Application opens December 14th! Deadline January 31.
The Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center is pleased to offer a 10 week undergraduate summer fellowship program to support undergraduate students who are interested in cardiovascular research. Each student will be matched, based on his or her interests, to a laboratory that is led by a faculty member of the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center.
This collection of laboratories is involved in nationally recognized research in topics such as atherosclerosis, genetic cardiomyopathies, blood clotting disorders, cardiac arrhythmias, vascular biology, and heart failure.
It is that time of the semester again when we hear from so many of you that you are too stressed out. We thought it might be helpful to remember that:
- “My work will get done, it will be over soon, and then there will be time for relaxation and celebration.”
- “This is a hectic time, but I don’t have to give in to it. Stress will make me frustrated and worn out, not a better writer or test taker.”
- “I’ve done this before and got through it, I can trust myself that I’ll do it again this time.”
- “I’m not giving up and handing myself over to this thing called stress. I will prove to myself that I have the confidence and resilience to succeed.”
- Check out the full Psychology Today article here for more tips.
- Check out the Student Life Stress Reduction Techniques page.
Remember to take breaks from studying as often as you can. Take a walk, stretch, chat with friends, eat a healthy meal, or indulge in a not-so-healthy meal – whatever works for you!
If you get to the point of feeling overly anxious, try to follow this 4-7-8 breathing technique:
- Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
- Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
- Hold your breath for a count of seven.
- Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.
- This is one breath.
Best of luck to all approaching these final busy days that are upon us!
This post brought to you by Ariana Mills ’17!
Research Assistants (RAs) have four major responsibilities:
- Transplant call
- Tissue call
- Consent call
- Databasing/Clinical research
RAs have the unique opportunity to participate in heart and lung recoveries for transplant surgeries at Columbia university Irving Medical Center. RAs travel with the procuring surgeons to the donor hospital where they serve as organ preservationists.
On tissue and consent calls, RAs collect tissue from cardiac surgery cases for research, as well as obtain consent from patients to use their tissue for research.
RAs regularly collect data from patient files for retrospective studies, and there are many opportunities for RAs to come up with their own research projects.
The RA position is a minimum one-year commitment in addition to an on-boarding period. Applicants must be graduating seniors or post-bacc students. Candidates who can start before May 2019 will be given special consideration. Each RA will receive a $1,000/month stipend.
To apply, please email the following three items to the Program Director, Dr. Catherine Wang.
- Cover letter
- Contact information of two references
Ariana has also generously offered her contact information if students have questions about the position, concerns about the stipend, etc. You can reach her via email here.
For students looking for ways to help finance their health care professions:
The HSCP is a scholarship program designed to provide financial incentives for students in designated health care professions to complete degree/certification requirements and obtain a commission in the Medical Corps (MC), Dental Corps (DC), or Medical Service Corps (MSC). The following specialties are routinely eligible to apply for HSCP:
- Medical school
- Dental school
- Health care administration
- Pharmacy school
- Environmental health
- Physician Assistant programs.
HPSP is a true scholarship program designed to provide financial incentives for students to attend a school to be a physician, dentist, physician assistant, optometrist, or clinical psychologist to ultimately receive an appointment as an officer in the Unites States Navy.
Nurse Candidate Program (NCP)
NCP is a program designed to provide financial incentives to nursing students obtaining their BSN from an accredited nursing school.
For further information, you can contact HM1 (FMF) Alex Locklear by email.
Application deadline December 18th.
A position is available in the WNPRC Genetics Services Unit overseen by Dr. David O’Connor at the AIDS Vaccine Research Laboratory. Genetics Services is a research service unit that specializes in fee-for-service high-throughput genotyping of immune loci in nonhuman primates (NHP). Understanding NHP genetics is essential for unlocking the secrets of AIDS immunity, organ transplant tolerance, and susceptibility to infectious disease. The applicant will provide technical assistance to help design experiments and develop improved technologies for understanding the relationship between genetics and disease, while working with other laboratories that provide NHP samples for advanced analyses available only through Genetics Services.
Application Deadline 12/21.
For more than 20 years, Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities (IHCD) has worked to identify and eliminate disparities in health and cancer treatment among immigrants and minorities. Housed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center since 2011, the IHCD Service offers a wide range of programs for patients, healthcare professionals, and patient advocates. Their team uses a multidisciplinary approach to address gaps in healthcare at the local, national, and global levels. Their community-based programs provide a gateway to health education and services for immigrants and other medically underserved minorities in New York City and beyond.
- Language Requirement – Spanish or Chinese Fluency
- A Bachelor’s degree – OR – High school diploma with 2 years medical or research experience
- A genuine interest in working in health disparities research
- Excellent Communication, attention to detail, information and time management, administrative and Computer Skills