Tag Archives: Health Professions

Article: What it’s like to be an EMT in the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic

By Jan Hoffman and Chang W. Lee April 2, 2020

PATERSON, N.J. — “Back up, sir!” shouted Kenny Kiefer, a Fire Department battalion chief, his N95 mask muffling his words.

“What?” replied the frail older man leaning out the doorway of a shelter and addiction treatment center, who had called 911 because he was having trouble breathing. Smiling timidly, he began to venture down the stairs.

Alarmed, Kiefer stepped back and thrust out his palm. “Stay right there!”

A few weeks ago, a 911 call for “respiratory distress” would have sent emergency medical technicians — EMTs — rushing into the building to examine the man and take his vitals. Now with coronavirus infections sweeping through the region, the emergency medical workers of Paterson, a poor, industrial city in the penumbra of pandemic-stricken New York, are working in a new, upside-down reality: Don’t go in a home, don’t touch the patient, and don’t take anyone to the hospital, unless absolutely necessary.

Kiefer’s job was to assess possible COVID-19 cases, to determine whether a specialized ambulance with EMTs in hazmat suits should follow up. Keeping his distance on the street, he talked to the man paused on the steps, sizing up his condition. Low fever, headache and intermittent cough.

Could he be infected with the coronavirus? Possibly. But he was neither wheezing nor gulping for breath. The chief explained to the man that he could become far sicker by being in the hospital.

“So do you just want to stay here?” he coaxed.

Looking bewildered, the man nodded and shuffled back inside.

The ambulance roared off to answer another call.

Day and night, ambulances crisscross the streets of Paterson, the eerie silence of a once-raucous city shredded by siren shrieks so pervasive it sounds as if the city is under attack.

Which, in a sense, it is.

10 Ways to Ace Your (Virtual) Summer Internship

With summer internships and jobs nearly here, the Peer Career Advisors from the CCI want to do more than just help students find summer opportunities. After committing to an internship, the time to shine is still ahead. We want all students to have the best opportunity to succeed to the best of their ability in their internships this summer, so we compiled a list of 10 things that can help you through your summer experience. Here are some tips from the senior PCAs Mia Grayson, Hannah McKenzie, Ivy Yang, and Clayton Read.

1. Develop New Skills

Starting a new internship will always bring about a new set of knowledge and skills that you didn’t previously have. Many times, it’s the challenging aspects of our internship that teach us the most and make us more prepared for future endeavors. Take advantage of the new problem-solving skills that you’ll need to complete tasks remotely. Perfect how you present yourself in a virtual setting. Try your best to work on your interpersonal skills even through a screen.

2. Stay Professional

Though your internship may be virtual, that doesn’t mean you should take it any less seriously than an in-person opportunity. Even if “showing up” to work each day means walking only a few steps to your desk area, make sure your space is organized and mature for those inevitable Zoom meetings. This might involve making your bed (if you’re working from a bedroom) or temporarily removing those distracting posters from the wall. In addition, you should dress for work each day as if you’re going into the office. You will impress colleagues with this level of professionalism. These measures also show that you’re not taking the opportunity for granted—that you’re fully invested in your work and ready to succeed in any environment.

3. Be Positive and Stay Open-Minded

This summer will not be what anyone thought it was going to be, and internships are sometimes different from what we expected even when everything goes as planned. So, it’s important to think positively and stay open-minded. Approach every task you’re given as an opportunity to learn something new or to challenge yourself. Being an adaptable and cheerful colleague will make you a really valuable employee. Plus, staying positive will make your days more enjoyable and will help you make the most of this experience.

4. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate!

Especially with most internships being virtual, this point becomes even more important for this summer. When you are working for the first time in a professional environment, almost everything is going to seem foreign to you. One of the things that you have to get good at is communicating – communicating when you need help, when you finish your work, when you have extra time to help, etc. Overcommunicating early keeps you and your team on the same page and shows them that they can trust you to be accountable and responsible for your work. For this summer, this will likely be even more important since things will be remote. Being prompt and timely about sending and receiving emails will be key.

5. Always Triple-Check Your Work

If you will be working in a busy environment and you are working a lot, chances are you will have a lot of deadlines you need to meet. Just because it is fast paced though does not mean you should not look over your finished product to check for errors. Be sure to triple check your work before turning it in. Mistakes are inevitable, and even more so in an internship, but taking the time to look over your work for mistakes will help you find errors and, in turn, build trust from your team. It’s a good idea to even have someone else look at your work if you have time. This goes for emails you will be sending too.

6. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

When you get to a portion of work that you cannot get past, give it a few tries, perhaps different ways and with some creative thinking. If you still are not able to move through the work, that is a good time to ask for help. The internship is an experience for you to do a lot of self-learning along with instruction, so if you cannot find a solution after a few tries, that is the time to ask for guidance.

7. Be Proactive

Once you finish a task and you have nothing to left to do, it becomes a great time to ask how you can help a coworker with their work. This is a way to build trust and appreciation among you and your coworkers. If there is something that you can anticipate needing to get done, this is also a great time to get started on things that will come up in the future.

8. Get Creative

If you get into a situation where you are stuck with work, try some things to get creative with it. Conversely, if you have mastered a task and you see ways that you could be more efficient in the future, that is a good time to become inventive and experiment with what works for you. Bringing your perspective to the workplace is one of the reasons that you were hired for your internship, so show your creativity where you can.

9. Network

The work is important but perhaps just as important is getting to know the other people you are working with. If you have the opportunity to work in an office this summer, take time either at lunch or on coffee breaks to learn more about the people you are working with. You never know how you might become inspired through their experiences. Also, they will be able to provide you with great advice for your internship. If you will be virtual this summer, you could think about learning about your coworkers via a phone call or Zoom. Don’t be afraid to ask for some of their time.

10. Work-Life Balance

Whether you are working from home this summer or are in an office, be sure to take time for yourself. Exercise, keeping in touch with friends, and discovering local activities are all great ways to balance your work for the summer. Full workdays are exhausting so finding the time for yourself during the day is super important.

Take these tips to heart. Get ready to learn. Work hard and exceed expectations. You will be sure to thrive in your summer internship!

Clayton Read, author of this article, graduated in the Class of 2020 majoring in International Politics and Economics. He spent his junior fall in Madrid studying Spanish. At Middlebury, he was a four-year member of the Men’s Lacrosse team. After graduation, he will be starting work with Morgan Stanley in New York. Clayton enjoys skiing, reading, and travel.

Apply to get matched with an alumni mentor in DC

Middlebury DC Mentorship Program

New this year: the Middlebury DC mentorship program is now open to all Middlebury students, regardless of your summer internship status or place of residence. All interested students are encouraged to apply soon as space is limited.


  • If you hope to one day live and work in Washington DC, apply to be paired with a Washington based Middlebury alum in an industry of your choice. This is a unique opportunity to develop networking skills and experiential knowledge from a DC based professional. 
  • The flexible structure of the mentorship program allows you to take part in one-on-one meetings with your assigned mentor to learn further about your chosen industry and the realities of professional life in DC. Mentors will be able to provide advice and insight regarding their time at Middlebury, successes in their careers, and be useful points of contact for future opportunities.
  • This DC specific networking opportunity is perfect for you if you have found your summer dramatically altered by the Covid-19 pandemic. Welcoming all Middlebury students, the program will be conducted remotely and allow you to explore your career interests even if you do not have an internship.

Sign-up today!

MIDDVantage: New Episode Available!

We are excited to share the fifth episode of our first series:

Views from Infectious Disease and ER Physicians with our guests, Dr. Andrew Hale ’06, Infectious Disease Specialist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Vermont and Dr. Russ Johanson ’06, Emergency Medicine Physician.

Check out the latest episode (22 minutes) and keep an eye out for more each week!

HP Jobs for 2020 Grads

Research Assistant Behavioral Cancer Research, Georgetown University-Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Washington, DC

Opportunity expires May 31, 2020

The Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center of Georgetown University has an opening for multiple full-time research assistants. The research assistants will work on a team conducting NIH-funded studies focused on behavioral aspects of cancer genetic testing for men and women who are at high risk for cancer. Responsibilities include data management, conducting interviews with study participants, participating in the development of study interventions, and general study management. There will be opportunities for data analysis and collaborating on abstracts and manuscripts.

Research Data Specialist-Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Hematologic Malignancies, Boston, MA

Opportunity expires May 31, 2020

The Research Data Specialist will support the Leukemia clinical research program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, under the auspices of the Principal Investigator, Dr. Coleman Lindsley, in the areas of data collection, computing, and database organization. These job duties will be primarily related to capturing clinical, genomic, and pathologic information on patients with hematologic abnormalities, including patients with acute leukemia and other blood cancers.

Clinical Research Coordinator Breast Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Cambridge, MA

Opportunity expires June 5, 2020

The Clinical Research Associate/Clinical Research Coordinator II works independently under general supervision to enroll eligible patients to clinical protocols and manage all aspects of data collection and submission for multiple cancer studies. The CRA/CRC II may require clinical skills such as phlebotomy, EKG, vital signs and laboratory responsibilities of blood, tissue and urine procurement, processing and shipping.

Community Health Project Fellow, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, Bennington, VT

Opportunity expires June 10, 2020

Come enjoy the idyllic mountains of southwestern Vermont while making an impact. Join the fight against the opioid epidemic by designing and implementing projects that address opioid use and its causes within the community. Gain healthcare experience and collaborate with a vibrant and energetic group of nonprofit partners while building your portfolio.

Utilize your unique skillset to design projects that prevent youth substance abuse, minimize overdose deaths, and support individuals in recovery from substance use disorder. This year-long position provides unique professional development opportunities and improvements to your résumé while also creating sustainable tools to address substance use in Bennington County.

Lab Technician, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Opportunity expires June 10, 2020

The Jiang Lab at Baylor College of Medicine and Neurological Res Inst at Texas Children’s Hospital is looking for a full-time lab technician who orders and maintains laboratory supplies and equipment; maintains mouse colonies, genotyping, PCR, preparing for single cell RNA-sequencing; performs basic immunostaining and other histological staining; collects, compiles, and analyzes data; and documents the results of experiments.

Immunotherapy Research Technician, School of Medicine-Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri

Opportunity expires June 11, 2020

Our ultimate goal is to develop new cures for cancer patients by modifying immune cells. CAR T-cell therapy has dramatically improved the long term survival of relapsed/refractory leukemia patients, demonstrating that we can achieve new levels of cure for aggressive and otherwise terminal cancers using this strategy. We are specifically working to extend this technology to a wider range of cancers. The laboratory focuses on designing and cloning novel CARs, introducing them into T cells and other immune cells, and testing their efficacy against solid tumors (currently pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, glioblastoma, and prostrate cancer).

Since the CAR T cell field is quickly expanding and is very competitive, we are seeking highly motivated individuals who are passionate and dedicated to developing these new cancer technologies. The position entails working with a small and dedicated group in the fields of immunology and cancer biology. The successful candidate will have relevant educational and practical experience in the laboratory, preferably with immunology, cell culture, or molecular biology experience.

Lab Research Assistant, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

Opportunity expires June 15, 2020

The Yoon Lab in the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and the Palo Alto VA is seeking applicants for a full-time research assistant. The main focus of the lab is the investigation of the brain mechanisms involved in psychosis and schizophrenia. We are currently conducting a variety of neuroimaging, rTMS, and behavioral studies.

The ideal candidate will have both strong interpersonal and technical skills in order to fulfill the diverse roles required by this position. S/he will be involved in all aspects of operations, including: subject recruitment, scheduling, and coordination; maintaining clinical and experimental data and paperwork; conducting neuroimaging experiments, neuroimaging processing and analysis. Experience with neuroimaging and computer programming in Matlab or related platforms, as well as conducting human research, will be very helpful. This position would be ideal for individuals who will be applying for medical school or graduate studies in neuroscience or cognitive psychology.

Clinical Research Assistant-Cancer Genomics & Health Disparities, City of Hope, Duarte, CA

Opportunity expires June 15, 2020

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment, and educational institution with over 6,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

The Departments of Population Sciences and Surgery at the City of Hope National Medical Center invites applications for a Clinical Research Assistant with interest in cancer genomics, lung cancer, public health, patient literacy and education, and improving accessibility of care through health-related technology. The Clinical Research Assistant will join a research team that investigates the role of cancer genomics and health disparities outcomes, as well as health-related technology in improving accessibility of cancer genomics information, identifying lung cancer risk factors using a prospective cohort of patients, and integrating technology to improve health literacy.

Research Assistant II BWH Cardiac Surgery, Brigham Health, Boston, MA

Opportunity expires June 30, 2020

Working independently and under very general supervision from a manager or Principal investigator, provides support to clinical research studies. May be responsible for the following activities: making independent judgment of suitability of potential participants for clinical trials, developing and implementing patient recruitment strategies, recommending changes to protocols, and overseeing the work of more entry level staff.

Laboratory Technician III-Microbiology, The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon, NH

Opportunity expires June 30, 2020

Serve as an integral member of the Obar Lab research team exploring immunity following respiratory infection with fungal pathogens through completion of project(s) objectives, facilitate project planning, execution of experiments individually or in collaboration with other team members, communicate project status to PI and other laboratory team member using both oral presentations and written report, maintain laboratory supplies, and work effectively toward problem resolution.

Research Assistant in Digital Mental Health/Data Science, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

Opportunity expires August 8, 2020

Our group has several focuses including 1) investigating smartphone based digital phenotyping to predict relapse in mental health and 2) developing digital health tools for college mental health. Our goal is to understand how digital signals generated by everyday use of smartphones may be associated with symptomatology and to improve the quality and accessibility of treatment for mental illness through education, research, and innovation in digital psychiatry. We also seek to design mental health interventions offered via digital health. A working knowledge of statistics and computer science is necessary as is programming in R or Python. Opportunities are also available for the research assistant to be involved in supervised clinical and neurocognitive assessments.

Research Assistant II-BWH Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Opportunity expires August 13, 2020

The RA II will primarily be involved in a study we are conducting that uses case studies at different healthcare systems across the US as a part of a NIH-funded study focused on advanced care planning (ACP) discussions between patients and their doctors. ACP refers to discussions around patient values and preferences for their care as they become seriously ill, including end of life discussions. This study uses both quantitative and qualitative methods, including quantitative data analysis of Medicare claims data ad qualitative data collection through interviews, case studies, and focus groups. The RA will be involved with other studies or projects as they arise.

Research Assistant, Meyers Primary Care Institute, Worcester, MA

Opportunity expires August 31, 2020

The Institute is seeking a full time Research Assistant to provide support for ongoing research studies in the areas of epidemiology, health services, health communication, geriatrics, and other areas. The Research Assistant will also provide support for educational initiatives.

Article: Graduating Into A Bad Job Market–10 Job Search Tips for Recent Grads

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine May 16, 2020

What happens to recent graduates if job supply decreases? –Gabriela, Class of 2020, Masters of International Marketing

If you’re a recent graduate and eyeing the dismal unemployment figures (worst since the Great Depression!), stop doing that. There are more important numbers to track than general job market statistics (I list 10 such numbers here, such as specific news about markets you are interested in). Similarly, Gabriela asks about the fate of recent graduates in general, but I recommend that she focuses on her prospects specifically.

I don’t mean to encourage everyone-for-themselves thinking, but when you’re starting out in your career, the first hire you should be worried about is your own. This ensures that you take on something doable (i.e., land one job) and not something too overwhelming (i.e., saving the world). When you are gainfully employed, you have more bandwidth to contribute–referring leads to others, volunteering with your alma mater to help younger classes, mentoring others, etc.

Whether you are graduating into a bad job market or the best market in years, there is always hiring happening somewhere, and there is a lot you can do to help yourself to get hired. Here are 10 job search tips for recent grads:

1- Get your mindset ready for a job search

Spending too much time belaboring the bad market news doesn’t just take your eye off the other, more helpful data, but it also pries you to expect the worst. Every job search has down moments–your application doesn’t get a response, your networking invite is declined, your interview doesn’t lead to a callback. I don’t know a single candidate who has had a seamlessly positive job search–this is from 20+ years of recruiting, including hiring thousands of interns and recent graduates as Head of Campus Recruiting for a global media company. There will be ups and downs–pandemic or not–so be prepared for some discomfort but be confident that you’ll persevere to a happy outcome.

2- Treat your job search like your first job

If you graduated without an offer in hand, your job search is your first job. Spend the 40 hours a week you would have reported to the office to work on your job search–reading up on your areas of interest, researching specific companies, applying to job opportunities, networking with people, updating your marketing material, etc. There is a lot to do for your job search (here are seven suggestions for items to prepare), so don’t wait too long to get started. You might get complacent and lose the enthusiasm and urgency to land a job. You also might let too much time go by, realize your savings are dwindling (or your parents’ patience is running thin) and then feel like you have to land in a hurry.

3- Control what you can control

Knowing there will be ups and downs, you can’t control for a positive outcome every time, but you can control that you put yourself out there and that you showcased yourself in the best possible light. So instead of focusing on how many companies called you in, focus on how many applications you sent out. Instead of focusing on how many people referred you, focus on the number of people you contacted. You can’t fully control the result, but you can control your effort. Your efforts are the metric that you should track.

4- Go broad with your options

Always have multiple leads in play, especially in a down market where you can’t be sure who is hiring, how many jobs, and how quickly. Companies may have old postings up there where budget has actually disappeared. Or a company may have openings but hasn’t posted anything because they’re so short-staffed because of the pandemic. In a down market, recruiting can be chaotic, so you need to cast a wide net. Go after several industries, multiple companies, even multiple roles. Sure, you might have a dream job at a dream company in mind, and you should go for that. But be open to other possibilities as well.

5- Go deep with your research

While you’re going broad with your options, you still want to go deep with your research and know enough about companies and roles you’re applying for. The best applications are targeted to a specific opportunity–with relevant keywords and examples. The best interviews are when the candidate can position their background to what the company and the job opening require. You need deep research to tailor your job search activity effectively.

6- Be prepared to answer the obvious

Why should I hire you? What do you want? Why do you want to work here? The vetting process will not be easier for you because it’s an entry-level role. Employers still want to know that you are qualified, that you will be enthusiastic about the work, and that you will be enthusiastic about working with them specifically.

7- Lean into your network (yes, you have one!)

Your classmates, your professors, your office of career services, your parents’ connections–you have a significant network. Word-of-mouth referral is significant, even for experienced professionals who have an established track record from previous jobs. As a recent graduate, you don’t have much of a track record (though internships, part-time jobs, and volunteer work do make a difference). Therefore, you want to maximize introductions, referrals, and references that you can get from people who already know, like, and trust you. Remember to reciprocate as you hear of leads and especially when you land!

8- Measure your progress and course-correct as needed

As you get your job search going, your results are in your efforts–the number of networking outreach attempts, the number of initial interview meetings. However, as your search extends, those initial efforts should yield additional results that track progress–the number of leads that come out of networking, the number of callbacks that come from the initial interviews. Your search should be leading to job offers ultimately, and if you’re finding that you’re sending out applications but not getting called in, or getting one meeting but no more, you need to course correct as needed.

9- Be willing to redo and reconsider

If your search is stuck, you need to change something. If you are getting leads to jobs that don’t interest you, you may need to be clearer about what you’re looking for. Or maybe your LinkedIn or résumé needs to change. If you are getting that first meeting but no callbacks, you need to brush up on your interview technique. Your progress is market feedback on what’s working. Until you have a job, stay open-minded and curious about what changes to your job search technique.

10- Celebrate every win

Keep a journal that documents al the work you’re putting in, and every call and meeting you schedule. Your effort should be celebrated. Small wins along the way, like that networking invite accepted, also count. This is part of measuring progress, but it’s also about building confidence and keeping a positive outlook, both of which are critical in your job search. In a down market, your employer contacts are probably anxious about their own jobs. If you’re a joy to interact with, that’s a competitive advantage.