Tag Archives: Health Professions

Alumni Posting – Research Associate at Affinivax

From Peter Dykeman-Bermingham ‘18.5:

Affinivax, a Cambridge, MA based vaccine development startup, is looking to hire a Research Associate for its development team. Your role would further the development of their novel vaccine platform through in vivo testing.

A successful candidate should have experience working with mouse models as well as all the other good stuff that Middlebury teaches you along the way!

Please reach out for additional information, with any questions, or with a resume you’d like me to pass along. My email is peter.dykemanbermingham@affinivax.com.

Volunteer Aide Needed at the Adult Stabilization Program at CSAC

Great opportunity for
Pre-Health Students!

Our friends at the Adult Stabilization Program (ASP) at the Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC) are looking for a volunteer to help a community member prepare for a move.

You would be working with a woman in her early 70’s who is starting the process of reducing her possessions in order to prepare for a potential to a warmer state. She has difficulty moving heavy objects due to a back injury and doesn’t have close family or friends nearby.  She is easy to work with and having a helper (especially a student), would be an amazing motivator for her and the only way she could tackle the beginning stages of moving on her own.

Interested? Contact Nicole Grubman, MA, LMHC at 802 388 6751 X666

Winter-Term 2020 Global Health Trip to Ghana

In Winter-Term 2020, a group of Middlebury students will have the opportunity to travel to Ghana for a learning experience with Refugee Outreach Club (ROC) and Summerwood Dental Brigades

This will be the second iteration of this trip (the last one was WT 2018).  The experience will be structured as internships for academic credit.

ROC has several years’ worth of history with this community in Ghana and works in partnership with local health leaders. Summerwood Dental Brigades will be providing dental services.  Students will help to organize the dental and medical clinics (students will obviously not be providing any clinical services), and will also improve sanitation by constructing toilets for community use.

Interested? Come to the Information Session Friday, May 3

Friday, May 3, at 3:30 in Axinn 219

Our goal is to make this experience accessible to everyone, regardless of personal financial circumstances; some scholarship funds will be available.

This trip is offered in partnership with Middlebury College’s Global Health Program.

Research Associate – Bioreactor Team at Platelet BioGenesis

The Company:

Platelet BioGenesis, located in Cambridge MA, is a venture-backed biotech startup that was spun out of Harvard Medical School to produce donor-independent human platelets. They are a highly driven and ambitious young company that values openness, transparency, intellectual honesty, and collaboration, in their endeavor to transform platelet and derived therapeutics.

The Opportunity:

They make platelets. They have developed a scalable cGMP-compliant cell culture platform to make human pluripotent stem cell-derived platelets. They are now further scaling production for human clinical trials and leveraging their platform for cell-based drug delivery opportunities. They are currently recruiting for a motivated entry-level scientist to join their Bioreactor team. This person will work directly with the team scientists to advance the millifluidic bioreactor operation and scale up, as well as executing in vitro functional assays involving microfluidic devices. The candidate will plan and execute experiments utilizing human and mouse cells to optimize the production of platelets.

They are looking for a driven independent thinker with a professional work ethic who shares their long‐term vision for leveraging platelets as a drug delivery platform. Initiative and creative problem solving are priorities.

Learn more about the position in Handshake. Deadline 7/1.

What Should I Do This Summer as a Pre-Med?

Check out these helpful tips from Rachel Rizal and Rishi P. Mediratta, MD at Prospective Doctor. Read the full article here.

If you are pre-med or thinking about going to medical school, use your summer wisely to strengthen your application. Here are a few activities that you can explore to make your summer fruitful and beneficial for your future career as a physician!

Clinical Experiences:

  • Apply to be a medical scribe.
  • Shadow a doctor. Ask your own doctor to see if you can shadow them. Ask anyone you know who is a doctor to see if you can spend time shadowing them. If you do not know anyone, you could also e-mail physicians in your area or who are affiliated with a medical school. Ask to spend one day with them so you can learn about their field and what it’s like to care for patients.
  • Volunteer with children. Some hospitals have schools where you can teach children or read to them. Some hospitals have hospital BINGO programs or other activities that students can pursue with children.
  • Volunteer with the elderly. Veterans Affairs Hospitals are the largest integrated health care system in America. VA Hospitals have volunteer programs for students. Additionally, nursing homes are places where you can spend time with the geriatric population. Lastly, if you are interested in fields of medicine like oncology or hematology, then volunteer with a local hospice. Hospices are programs for people who are terminally ill, and volunteers are needed to spend time individuals who are dying.

Non-Clinical Opportunities:

  • Get involved with research. Research experience is helpful in a medical school application because it shows your academic curiosity and ability to delve deeply into problems. Research can range from basic sciences to public health research. The best way to get involved with research activities during a summer is to contact Principal Investigators and ask them about short-term research opportunities. Search departments in medicine that interest you and look for the faculty members and their research experiences.
  • Volunteer with children. Even outside the hospital or clinics, there are numerous opportunities to work with children. For example, you can be a camp counselor. You will learn how to motivate children and work in a team. Additionally, you can work with organizations that support children with special needs.
  • Summer classes. You can use your summer to tackle some of those pre-med requirements. Many students take physics or organic chemistry over the summer. Remember, these classes can be very demanding since they are 1-2 semesters worth of work compressed into 6-10 weeks. So balance your time wisely among classes, extra-curricular activities, and jobs.

How to Prepare Yourself Before the Start of an Internship

This is excerpted from from Penny Loretto’s article in the balance careers. Read the full article here.

One thing all students should consider before even starting their summer internship is “what do I need to do to become a successful intern?” Getting an internship is just the beginning, and it isn’t the most important part of the internship process. Sure it may have been tough finding an internship and getting an offer, but the truth is that the value of doing an internship is based mainly on how you decide to handle the internship based on what you have to offer. That’s right; the burden is on you to make the internship successful and to perhaps even turn your internship into a full-time job.

It’s not about the company telling you what to do; it’s about you showing your value through your own initiative, motivation, and personal and professional skill set. 

Tips:

  • Read important literature and trade magazines about the field
  • Take time to review the company’s website
  • Get yourself a mentor

You may also be interested in watching these Internship Tips from Former Peer Career Advisors.

Summer Internship in Seattle with Adaptive Biotechnologies

Application deadline 4/30.

Every immune system has a story to tell— the key is knowing how to listen. Adaptive Biotechnologies‘ goal is to meaningfully improve people’s lives by learning from the wisdom of their adaptive immune systems. It’s a bold objective that we’re uniquely built to achieve

At Adaptive Biotechnologies, you’ll be challenged, you’ll be inspired, and you’ll be part of an innovative organization making a real impact on improving the quality of life globally. No matter what your role is, you’ll find a diverse, team-driven, fun culture where your contributions truly count.

Position Overview: Adaptive Biotechnologies is currently looking for an exceptional Summer Intern to join their Research and Development team. Successful candidates will assist with the development of multiplex PCR- and NGS-based assays. During your time at Adaptive, you will learn various lab techniques, including mammalian cell culture, image cytometry, cell based assays, PCR, sequencing library preparation, and targeted NGS-sequencing under the supervision of experienced laboratory personnel. You will also gain experience in data analysis and become familiar with the product development cycle.

Open to Rising Juniors and Seniors. Learn more about the position in Handshake.