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Medical students join the fight against COVID-19

As coronavirus patients surge, medical students rushed into practice to fight pandemic

by Kelly Cannon April 1, 2020

The United States health care system is mobilizing to triage a public health emergency that is rapidly taking members of its workforce out of the ranks.

Grim projections from the country’s leading health officials over the weekend emphasized the toll the novel coronavirus could have on the U.S. healthcare workforce, one that is buckling under a surge in demand and an inadequate supply of protective gear that is endangering the lives of front-line responders.

At a White House coronavirus task force press briefing Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci said it is possible that 100,000 to 200,000 people in the U.S. will die from the novel coronavirus.

Amid an alarming rise in cases in California where hospitalizations have doubled and ICU admissions have tripled in recent days, Gov. Gavin Newsom launched an initiative Monday aimed at increasing the ranks of the state’s health care workforce in advance of an expected surge in coronavirus patients.

“If you’re a nursing school student, a medical school student, we need you,” Gov. Newsom said at a press conference Monday.

The newly created California Health Corps will recruit health care providers, including medical students nearing completion of their studies, to address what the governor called the “human capital surge” that the state will need to ensure an adequate workforce is available to assist in the state’s pandemic response.

Medical students nationwide, just months away from becoming resident doctors, are eager to alleviate the pressure on health care professionals by joining the fight.

“There’s a large group of resilient people out there who are ready to go on the front lines and help,” said Lizzie Andrews, a fourth-year medical student at Texas A&M who will start her residency at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in June.

“We’ve been preparing for this for all four years and that’s what we want to do–we want to help people,” Andrews said. “That’s why we got into medicine in the first place.”

Searching for a summer internship? Check out these postings

Injury Biomechanics & Protection Student, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Fort Rucker, AL

Opportunity expires April 11, 2020

The US Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL) is a nationally recognized laboratory for research into safety, survival, impact tolerance, sustainability and performance effectiveness of aviators and Soldiers. The USAARL’s research focuses on blunt, blast and accelerative injury and protection; crew survival in military helicopters and combat vehicles; the en route care environment; human operator health and performance in complex systems and sensory performance, injury and protection.

2020 Public Interest Internship: Health Care Advocacy, Alliance for Children’s Rights, Los Angeles, CA

Opportunity expires April 15, 2020

The Alliance is actively recruiting a health care intern for its challenging 10-week summer program. The health care intern will interact with potential Alliance clients and collaborate with Alliance staff, while learning about the Los Angeles County dependency system and the resources available to those involved in the system. All students in our summer program receive rigorous training on child welfare laws and client intake.

Access Campaign Vaccines Intern (Summer 2020), Doctors Without Borders/Medicins Sans Frontieres, New York, NY

Opportunity expires April 17, 2020

The Access Campaign Vaccines Intern will support the ongoing administrative and research activities of the Access Campaign as necessary to scale up the work on access to affordable and appropriate vaccines. This includes tracking the current issues relevant to the Access Campaign, providing research and analytical support to the Vaccines Policy Advisor of the Access Campaign, supporting the overall management of data and files, and assisting in preparation of information for advocacy and policy strategies.

Health Equity Summer Intern, The Root Cause Coalition, Washington, D.C.

Opportunity expires April 20, 2020

The Root Cause Coalition is seeking an energetic, responsible undergraduate intern for Summer 2020. In this position, interns will be given day-to-day responsibilities to help integrate them into the core work of the team. The intern will contribute to advancing the Coalition’s mission to end the systematic root causes of health inequities by providing support on a variety of projects and maintaining daily organizational routines and procedures within the office.

Note: while ideally this job will be in-person in Washington DC, The Root Cause Coalition is currently remote during COVID-19, and is flexible about starting with a remote hire if need be depending on the situation. Eventually this will be an in-person position.

Wildlife Rescue & Veterinary Rehab Intern, Sea Turtles 911, Japan, China, and Taiwan

Opportunity expires April 29, 2020

Students will assist in administering medical treatments to sick and injured sea turtle patients, including fluid therapy, antibiotic injections, tube feeding, nutritional supplements, X-rays, and physical therapy. Interns will also assist in taking blood samples from all of the sea turtles in rehabilitation to monitor progress, prepare samples for health assessment, and analyze clinical results to adjust medical treatments. Furthermore, interns will aid in the daily husbandry of sea turtles, including feeding, cleaning, hospital upkeep, and overall care for the turtles. They may have the opportunity to observe and assist during surgical procedures, such as the minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopy.

Summer Counselor Intern, NYU Langone, Purchase, NY

Opportunity expires May 1, 2020

The Child Study Center is looking to recruit recreational and educational counselor interns for the Summer Program for Kids (SPK), an all-day, evidence-based, therapeutic program, devoted exclusively to 6-9 1/2 year old children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This position provides junior and senior level undergraduate, and graduate level students with a valuable opportunity to receive training and gain experience with children in a clinical setting.

Bill Gates Predicted Our Current Pandemic–But He’s Still Optimistic

Bill Gates said in his TED Talk over four years ago that the world needed to prepare for the next global catastrophe, which would be the result of a highly infectious virus. Essentially, he predicted our current situation with COVID-19. As we deal with the ramifications of the highly contagious novel coronavirus, looking back on Gates’s talk is a bit eerie.

You can watch his 2014 TED Talk outlining the successful containment of the Ebola virus and predicting a future epidemic here.

Since we didn’t manage to get in front of the epidemic like Gates advised, what now?

Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, Gates has taken to the TED Talk platform again in a digital conversation with Chris Anderson, the head of TED. The discussion, “How we must respond to the coronavirus pandemic,” compares our present situation to past outbreaks.

Gates emphasizes a focus on both testing and serious adherence to isolation. The organization and prioritization of testing is important. Because this allocation isn’t happening on a national level, Gates says it may become the responsibility of individual states.

Isolation is key, as well. In Gates’s opinion, it is non-negotiable: “The sooner you do it in a tough way, the sooner you can undo and go back to normal.”

Of course, as the government pushes for isolation, concerns over economic collapse arise. The reality, according to Gates, is that we cannot have the best of both worlds at this late juncture: “We’re going to take the pain in the economic dimension, huge pain, in order to minimize pain in the disease and death dimension.” We missed the opportunity to contain it without social distancing measures. A total shutdown is necessary, but he’s optimistic that “in six to ten weeks, if things go well, you can start opening back up.”

Gates says this is the result of the U.S. not reacting quickly enough. In fact, the country had more than a month of notice, yet not enough measures were taken. Meanwhile, South Korea dealt with the virus much more effectively, putting sufficient resources into testing and containment.

There’s a lot we still don’t know. Seasonality, and its higher-temperature sidecar, could bring good news for the Northern Hemisphere. Developments in vaccines are being considered.

Does Gates think we’re heading in the right direction to fight the novel coronavirus? His optimism seems to guide him when he considers the scientific innovation and progress that is happening. He’s already thinking forward to the next epidemic, reassuring us that we’ll be better prepared. |

Gates’s recent thoughts are part of a series TED Talks has launched called TED Connects, which creates daily conversations around topics related to the pandemic.

You Have Access to LinkedIn Learning!

You’ve probably been scrolling on your phone or clicking around on your laptop for hours on end since you’ve started social distancing. After all, there are tons of interesting things populating the internet. If you’d like to take a break from the endless stream of Tik Tok videos and Facebook posts, checkout LinkedIn Learning.

The site provides over 13,000 video tutorials falling under the umbrella categories of Business, Creative, and Technology. As a Middlebury student, you have access to all of these resources. Simply sign in with your school credentials and get started learning something new! Below are just a few of the courses available to you.


Algorithmic Trading and Stocks Essential Training

Many stock market trades are conducted with algorithms: computer programs that buy or sell stocks according to mathematical formulas. These trades are conducted at a speed and frequency that is hard for humans to replicate. Therefore, it’s important for finance professionals, and indeed everyone who invests in the stock market, to know how these algorithms work. This course shows how to develop a back-tested, rules-based trading strategy and program a simple trading algorithm of your own.

SEO Foundations

Explore the basics of SEO, including how to read a results page and how rankings affect businesses large and small. Discover how to implement foundational optimization strategies and techniques, including how to conduct keyword research, build internal and external links, optimize your pages and content, measure your successes and progress, and plan for a long-term SEO strategy.

Excel: Advanced Formulas and Functions

Follow along with Excel expert Dennis Taylor as he demystifies the hundreds of formulas and functions available in Excel. Dennis starts with a few critical formula shortcuts that will speed up your work, then covers a variety of functions, such as VLOOKUP, MATCH, and INDEX, statistical functions, text functions, and date and time, math, text, and information functions. Dennis provides practical examples to help viewers easily transition to using Excel’s most powerful formulas and functions in real-world scenarios.


Web Development Foundations: Web Technologies

You use it every day, for banking, researching, shopping, and social media, but do you really know how the web works? In this course, author James Williamson introduces the technology that makes the web run, the terminology involved, and how it all comes together to power the websites we know and love. He covers the alphabet soup of technologies involved (HTML, CSS, URL, DNS, HTTP, and IPv6), and explains what separates the front end (what we see) from the back end (what we don’t) on the web. This course is your “plain English” guide to the world of domains, databases, servers, and the technology that makes the web work.

Logo Design: Techniques

Logos are a critical part of the modern visual landscape. A good logo is simple, instantly recognizable, and comprised of only the most essential elements. To learn how to create your own, it’s important to be able to identify the components and design techniques behind the most successful examples, from the Nike swoosh to the Coca-Cola ribbon. In this course, Nigel French reveals how successful logos depend on good type choices and simple shapes–or the combination of simple shapes. He shows examples of popular logos and then demonstrates how to use the same construction techniques to create similar logos in Adobe illustrator. The course combines theory with the nuts-and-bolts techniques that emphasize simplicity and readability: the principles that ground the world’s best logo designs.

User Experience for Web Design

A good user experience design will make visitors stay on your site. A bad one will make them go to someone else’s. This class teaches you how to apply simple UX design principles to your site to make it behave in the way that users want and expect.

Learning AutoCAD (2019)

Learn how to use AutoCAD 2020 to create precise 2D drawings for architecture, construction, manufacturing, and more. This beginner-level course covers the basics of the AutoCAD user interface as well as critical CAD drawing and design techniques. Autodesk Certified Instructor Shaun Bryant leads you step-by-step through drawing simple geometry, creating annotations, and building documentation that is suitable for sharing and printing. By the end of the course, you’ll have the foundational knowledge you need to create simple, annotated drawings and further develop your AutoCAD skills.


Data Science & Analytics Career Paths & Certifications: First Steps

The career opportunities in data science, big data, and data analytics are growing dramatically. If you’re interested in changing career paths, determining the right course of study, or deciding if certification is worthy of your time, this course is for you. You will hear about the five biggest career opportunities, the six leading industry-recognized certifications available, and the most exciting emerging technologies.

Code Clinic: Python

Successful programmers know more than just how to code. They also know how to think about solving problems. Code Clinic is a series of courses where our instructors solve the same problems using different programming languages. Here, Barron Stone works with Python. Barron introduces challenges and provides an overview of his solutions in Python. Challenges include topics such as statistical analysis and accessing peripheral devices.

Build an iOS App in an Afternoon

Want to turn your idea into a full-fledged iOS app? Learn how in this course. Todd Perkins shows folks new to iOS development how to create an iOS app in the span of an afternoon, sharing the best practices along the way. Todd covers the code, tools, frameworks, and practices for building iOS applications, including how to create an Xcode project, run your first app, build a user interface, and code interactivity.

Find these and so many more courses at https://www.linkedin.com/learning/

Check out these hot health internships!

Intern, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, Americares, Stamford, CT

Opportunity expires March 31, 2020

The Intern will support the Technical Unit’s diverse work in the areas of mental health and psychosocial support. This will include researching best practices, new resources and innovations in MHPSS and emergency response, clinical services, and community health, and supporting project(s) focused on improving MHPSS access, quality, and impact. The intern will also assist the MHPSS Technical Advisor with day to day administrative duties such as presentations, managing research and documents, and collaborating with global programs teams on existing projects and practices. This is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in learning what it takes to successfully and effectively implement global health programs while promoting quality assurance and improving operational efficiencies in a non-profit organization.

Bachelor Level Internship, Seacoast Mental Health Center Inc., Portsmouth, NH

Opportunity expires March 31, 2020

Internships will consist of shadowing outreach staff in the community in the Children and Adult Services Departments, including Fairweather Lodge, group home. Interns will also participate in groups, Children’s summer program, and will be required to attend educational meetings offered by the center.

Digital Marketing Internship in Healthcare: Remote, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Opportunity expires March 31, 2020

MassGeneral Hospital for Children seeks interns who wish to expand their knowledge of digital marketing in a large, complex healthcare organization. Interns will help prospective patients find the services they need by updating and optimizing existing web pages and by writing new web 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 and how related health information is presented on the web. Then they interview doctors and administrators and draft articles for approval and publication.

Shared Services Internship– Health Solutions Analytics, Northwell Health, Manhasset, NY

Opportunity expires March 31, 2020

Working with the Health Solutions team, this internship will focus on one of two key programs: 1) Accountable Care, or 2) Gaps in Care Programs. The intern will bring technical expertise to assist in ensuring the quality and accuracy of data, then process, design and present it in ways to help people, business owners, and the organization make data driven decisions. In addition, the intern will attend and participate in meetings while learning about the corporate environment and business model of Health Solutions.

“Rise & Walk” Walking Initiative Research Coordinator, University of Vermont Health Network/Porter Medical Center, Addison, VT

Opportunity expires March 31, 2020

RiseVT is a Vermont-based primary prevention initiative focused on helping communities embrace health lifestyles. The local Addison County RiseVT Program has three broad goals: 1) To increase physical activity, especially walking, 2) to increase access and education around nutritious foods, and 3) to foster a sense of neighborliness among residents, decreasing isolation. The intern will research and develop .5 and 1.0 and 2.0 mile walking routes and produce Rise and Walk Maps for each community while considering the safety and difficulty of walking routes.

Access Campaign Vaccines Intern, Doctors Without Borders/Medicins Sans Frontieres, New York, NY

Opportunity expires April 17, 2020

The Access Campaign Vaccines Intern will support the ongoing administrative and research activities of the Access Campaign as necessary to scale up the work on access to affordable and appropriate vaccines. This includes tracking the current issues relevant to the Access Campaign, providing research and analytical support to the Vaccines Policy Advisor of the Access Campaign, supporting the overall management of data and files, and assisting in preparation of information for advocacy and policy strategies. This internship is ideal for anyone with a special interest in vaccines policy and the lack of access to essential medicines in the developing world.

Apply now–these research positions will expire soon

Research Assistant I, New York Blood Center, New York, NY

Opportunity expires March 30, 2020

The position is primarily responsible for research aimed at investigating the biology of human hematopoietic (blood) stem cells the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute, the research branch of the New York Blood Center. In particular, the research assistant will use both a mouse model and in vitro culture systems to investigate the role of specific genes and proteins in the function of stem cells. The candidate will perform cutting-edge research that integrates innovative technologies and approaches including classic molecular biology, tissue culture, and biochemical techniques, genetic manipulation techniques (CRISPR/Cas9) as well as modern imaging techniques and bioinformatics.

Research Assistant, Bauer Lab, Boston, MA

Opportunity expires March 31, 2020

We seek a highly motivated and organized individual to join our efforts to study novel genetic treatment approaches for blood disorders. We are particularly focused on applying genome editing technologies to develop novel treatments for hemoglobinopathies. The selected candidate will work on computational and experimental research projects.

Research Position in Translational Neuro-Oncology Lab, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH

Opportunity expires March 31, 2020

The Rajappa Lab is accepting applications for a Research Position from backgrounds in Neuroscience, Tumor Immunology, or Cancer Biology. Our team is part of the Institute for Genomic Medicine (IGM) at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which is at the forefront of using genomic sequencing in the clinical setting to predict best health outcomes for patients and is one of the driving forces shaping precision medicine. Our passion and vision is to rapidly translate research discoveries into lasting treatment options for pediatric patients afflicted with Central Nervous System (CNS) tumors. Specifically, our laboratory is studying the mehcanisms that potentiate low to high grade glioma progression. We use transgenic brain tumor mouse models that recapitulate low to high grade glioma progression and correlate our findings with peripheral blood and tumor specimens from patients with CNS tumors. These models also serve as a platform to explore the contribution of the tumor microenvironment and myeloid cells in low grade glioma progression and also test novel therapeutic agents aimed at impairing malignant transformation. Furthermore, modulating myeloid-derived cell population recruitment using JAK 1/2 Inhibitors prior to malignant tumor progression has shown translational promise.

Clinical Research Coordinator, Department of Psychiatry, OCD and Related Disorders Program, Harvard Medical School

Opportunity expires March 31, 2020

The CRC will assist in coordinating all aspects of a study related to diagnosis, treatment, and health outcomes. The CRC would be responsible for monitoring the pace and progress of the study and serve as a main contact for study participants. The CRC will ensure that all components of the participants’ assessments and surveys are properly completed, tracked in the computer database, and filed correctly. They will also be responsible in corresponding with the Internal Review Board (IRB) for any protocol amendments and yearly reports as needed and other various external regulatory bodies, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Chen Lab Ophthalmology Research Assistant, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Opportunity expires April 1, 2020

A Research Assistant Position is opening in the laboratory of Dr. Jing Chen PhD in the Ophthalmology Department at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. The opening provides an incredible opportunity to work on a translational disease model in the renowned Longwood Medical Area. Supported by a community of talented clinicians and researchers in the world’s largest pediatric research center, this position will help hone research skills, critical and interdisciplinary thinking, and prepare the candidate for a future career in science and medicine.

Clinical Research Assistant I- Ophthalmology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

Opportunity expires April 1, 2020

The Division of Ophthalmology of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) provides the highest level of eye care and serves as an important referral center for New England. The Longwood Medical Eye Center of the BIDMC Division of Ophthalmology is accepting applicants for a two-year clinical research assistant position under the supervision of Dr. Jorge, Arroyo, MD, MPH> Dr. Arroyo is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Retina Service at BIDMC. His research interests include evaluating surgical outcomes follow vitreoretinal surgery, developing novel procedures such as endoscopy-assisted surgical techniques and pneumatic vitreolysis, and improving our understanding of retinal pathology in conditions such as retinal detachments, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vein occlusions.

HSS Research Assistant- Dept of Medicine (IROC), Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY

Opportunity expires April 7, 2020

The Research Assistant is an integral member of the research team responsible for a variety of tasks essential to the conduct of clinical research. This position involves a great deal of patient contact as well as interaction with physicians of various specialties in the hospital. Duties include recruitment of patients, assessment of eligibility criteria, administration of questionnaires, coordination of study visits, drawing blood, obtaining specimen from the operating room, bypassing of biospecimens, obtaining regulatory approvals, and maintaining accurate databases. S/he will have proven abilities to work autonomously, bearing independent responsibility to ensure data accuracy and timely follow through of study procedures. Opportunities for mentorship, authorship, and presentation at international meetings exist for the right candidate.

Research Technician-Mancias Lab, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

Opportunity expires April 10, 2020

The lab takes a comprehensive approach to study our questions combining biochemical, quantitative mass spectrometry-based proteomics, CRISPR genetic screens (in vitro and in vivo), cell biological, and mouse modeling techniques.

This individual will be an important member of our research team and will be centrally involved in assisting various research projects utilizing several techniques that are fundamental to the workflow of the Mancias Lab. In addition to the bench-based research, responsibilities will also include some aspects of laboratory management and organization. Training is available in all aspects of experimental research.

Important Internship Update

Dear Students,

Our hearts and minds are with you wherever you are across the country and globe. We will get through this!

We know that many of you are wondering where CCI stands related to internships and internship funding. While we have some updates for you, we also ask for your patience as we wait to see what the coming weeks will bring.  Here is the current information about how CCI can continue to support you if you are thinking about an internship for the summer.    

  • At this moment, CCI is still planning to provide funding for unpaid internships this summer.  But as you know, this is a time of great uncertainty and that has an impact on internships as well.  The situation is fluid, and we will need to finalize decisions at a later date based on CDC guidelines. While we are hoping for the best, it is likely that we may not fund international internships (unless in your home country) or that we may only be able to fund remote internships. We will continue to monitor the situation and do whatever we can to support you in your summer plans while ensuring that the College is only supporting experiences that are unlikely to put you at risk. We will continue to keep you informed and post updates at go/summerfunding.
  • We will endeavor to be as flexible as we can with internship funding deadlines and length of internships during these extreme times. But we encourage you to be creative and take initiative in seeking out opportunities that are remote or can be converted to remote internships, if needed.
  • Eligible students who have already secured an unpaid internship and wish to apply for funding must submit their application for internship funding no later than April 13. In your essay, please include a statement telling us that you have been in touch with your supervisor and have agreed to a plan on how you can do the internship (or at least the early part of the internship) remotely, if needed, or that the timing of the internship can be flexible if remote work is not possible. Funding may be pro-rated for internships that have to be shorter than the required 8 weeks. Funding decisions will be emailed to you on May 1. 
  • Students who need more time to secure an internship or need to make alternative plans will have until May 8 to submit their application for funding.  These late applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so submit your application as soon as you have a plan, and also indicate in your essay what contingency plan you and your supervisor have agreed to in case the internship cannot take place in-person. Please know that receipt of funding for these late applications may be delayed to mid or late June.  
  • The internship funding application is now open in Handshake. If you already have a confirmed unpaid internship and have accepted it, we encourage you to complete your application for funding. See instructions and all forms atgo/summerfunding
  • If you are applying for internship funding, CCI has waived the requirement to have a CCI-approved resume, but you will still need to submit a resume with your application. Our Peer Career Advisors will review resumes remotely. Send your resume to CCIPCA@middlebury.edu
  • If you are hoping to participate in an internship this summer but have not yet found one, there are over 2,600 internships still posted in Handshake. Discover other great tips for finding an internship at go/FindInternship or schedule a phone or video appointment with a CCI advisor through Handshake.
  • Many internships in Handshake are Reserved for Middlebury only.  And some CCI-Sponsored Internships (some overlaps) come with guaranteed funding. Many of these internships have upcoming application deadlines. 
  • Many Middlebury alums are eager to help students navigate these tricky times. Now is a great time to get career or internship advice. Spend some time exploring Midd2Middand reach out.  Review our Networking Guide first.
  • Finally, you may just need to stay flexible if your summer plans don’t pan out the way you envisioned. These are unprecedented times, and if an internship or work experience doesn’t happen for you this summer, you will be fine and there are lots of productive ways you can spend your summer.  We will be providing other ideas for an impactful summer on CCI’s social media and the Career Path blogs. And don’t forget that CCI advisors are available for phone and Zoom appointments to help you with your summer plans. 

We miss you, but please know that CCI is always here for you.

Take good care of yourself, your friends, and your family.