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COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities

COVID-19 R&D Database Project

Project Description: “We are building the most comprehensive and detailed database of vaccines and therapeutics for treating COVID-19 in the world so that everyone can be informed on the progress towards much better outcomes for patients in this pandemic. Our tech team is also building a fantastic website with visualizations to make the data engaging and informative. We are in need of people to help us research these products so that we can populate our database. This work would involve data entry and would require a careful, detail-oriented approach. Some background with biology and/or medicine is ideal for this work.”

–Mats Olsen, Project Leader of COVID-19 R&D Database Project

More information about the progress that has been made on this project, people involved with this work, and what kind of volunteers are needed can be found here.

Time Commitment: Each assignment consists of about 5 vaccines or therapeutics to look into and takes about 2-3 hours to complete.

How to get involved: If you are interested in helping with this research effort, please email Mats Olsen (matsaolsen@gmail.com) to receive your assignment of potential vaccines and therapeutics to investigate.

UV-C Light Cabinet to Decontaminate FFR Masks Project

Project Description: “The current shortage of filtering face piece respirators (FFR) might be alleviated if they could be reused by decontaminating them in a simple device (i.e. something that a DIY person could build and supply to hospitals, GP surgeries, etc.) There is evidence that a UV-C light cabinet might serve this purpose. This project seeks to develop such a cabinet using components from a variety of common sources, test its effectiveness for decontaminations against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and then produce instructions for its construction and use. In this way people subsequently using the cabinet can have higher confidence in its effectiveness than they would by just exposing their masks to some form of UV-C light for a period that has not been properly assessed.

The big challenge at present is finding a reputable lab to partner with so we can validate the design as safe. This is something that needs to be addressed as lots of people seem to be buying UV-C lamps for decontaminating their masks (see Amazon) but have no guidance about using them effectively.”

–Dr. Will Stott, PhD, Software Developer at Maximodex and leader of the initiative

A mockup of the UV-C cabinet design made by this team can be found here.

More information about the overall project can be found here.

Time Commitment: Flexible.

How to get involved: After contacting him to volunteer with this project, Dr. Stott asked to reach out to Middlebury students and form a group of those interested in participating. From there, these students will work together to make study designs and contact faculty members at Middlebury and together, this faculty-student group will help to conduct research to optimize the design and use of this UV-C bulb cabinet so that it can be used in the best way to decontaminate FFR masks. If you have any interest in taking part in such an effort, please reach out to me for more information.

Initiatives of the HMS COVID-19 Student Response Team

Project Description: This project was started by a group of medical students at Harvard Medical School who wanted to organize a response to the SARS-coV-2 pandemic. They describe their mission as follows:

“This student-led team first gathered on March 15th to rapidly develop an organizational structure to coordinate and augment the HMS student body response to COVID-19 in collaboration with the HMS administration, leadership, affiliated hospitals, and community partners. Currently, there are four overarching committees that are supported by hundreds of members across the student body. The structure will continue to evolve as the response grows. The Response Team embraces the principles of being adaptive, nimble, and inclusive for all initiatives that will optimize our collective impact as a medical student body.”

–HMS COVID-19 Student Response Team

Time Commitment: This depends on the project in which you get involved but is flexible.

How to get involved: While the Middlebury students who are reading this are (likely) not current medical students, after reaching out to the HMS COVID-19 Student Response Team, I was made aware that anyone who is interested can be involved in this response. To do so, visit https://covidstudentresponse.org and click on the “campaigns” tab. From here, check out the different initiatives that are being pursued. These range from community activism to a PPE initiative. Contact information for the student leaders of each initiative is available on that page, and these leaders can be contacted directly for more information about the projects and how to be involved.

Additional Opportunities to Volunteer

If you are interested in searching for other opportunities to volunteer remotely to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit https://helpwithcovid.com/projects and/or https://airtable.com/shr5QKQBdG2UIw4Ok/tblGh1k80hsOm716Q?backgroundColor=red&viewControls=on&blocks=hide&fbclid=IwAR15kivzNsPsuNCARsJQxmMv139mlN8ccG4ANxtx0vHL3Ut2bER1iL15as4f.

If you have any further questions, please reach out to me at tbraun@middlebury.edu.

-Tatum Braun

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.”

Here’s Exactly Where We’re At With Vaccines and Treatments for COVID-19

Written by Shawn Radcliffe on March 26, 2020 for Healthline.com

  • Scientists around the world are working on potential treatments and vaccines for the coronavirus disease known as COVID-19.
  • Several companies are working on antiviral drugs, some of which are already in use against other illnesses, to treat people who already have COVID-19.
  • Other companies are working on vaccines that could be used as a preventative measure against the disease.
  • It will probably take months, if not more than a year, for a drug or vaccine to complete clinical trials and be available to the public.

With COVID-19 cases worldwide passing the 200,000 mark and continuing to grow, scientists are pushing forward with efforts to develop vaccines and treatments to slow the pandemic and lessen its damage.

Some of the earliest treatments will likely be drugs that are already approved for other conditions or have been tested on other viruses.

“People are looking into whether existing antivirals might work or whether new drugs could be developed to try to tackle the virus,” said Dr. Bruce Y. Lee, a professor at the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy.

The antiviral drugs were a topic of a March 18 White House briefing on the COVID-19 outbreak.

President Trump said he is pushing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to eliminate barriers to get treatments to people with coronavirus.

The president went as far as to say the anti-malaria drug chloroquine would be available soon.

However, FDA officials said it could still be a year before any drugs are made available for coronavirus treatment because the agency needs to make sure the medications are safe for this particular use and what the proper dosage should be.

Indeed, there’s only so much that vaccine and drug development can be sped up, even with improvements in genetic sequencing and other technologies.

“Even though technological advances allow us to do certain things more quickly,” Lee told Healthline, “we still have to rely on social distancing, contact tracing, self-isolation, and other measures.”

Global Health 1-Year Fellow in Kenya Working on Monitoring & Evaluation

Here is a great one-year fellowship opportunity for a graduating senior (or Feb) interested in Global Health shared with us from a recent alum working in the field in Kenya.

“My name is Zorica Radanovic (Midd ’19), and I’ve been working with Lwala Community Alliance as the M&E fellow since July. Lwala is a community-led organization that is leveraging Community Health Workers to transform the health systems in Kenya and to drive improved health outcomes.”

Organizational Background: Lwala Community Alliance (Lwala) is a community-led innovator proving that when communities lead, change is drastic and lasting.

Lwala village, a small community in rural western Kenya, founded the organization as a response to extreme health challenges. The region experiences some of the highest HIV, maternal mortality, and infant mortality rates in East Africa. As such, community members built their area’s first health center.

From these humble beginnings, we are now the largest provider of health services for a population of over 90,000. The work extends far beyond the original hospital as we support communities in their homes, schools, and farms to advance their own comprehensive well-being. We address the complex causes of poor health through a multi-dimensional strategy, which engages community members in driving their own change.

To read more about the position and view the full job description and others, click HERE.

Are you a senior looking for healthcare experience after graduation?

Practice Operations Assistant, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

***This position is best for those students graduating in 2020 and any alumni that have a long-term career interest in the public health, healthcare management, and/or prospective clinical interests (i.e. MD, NP, PA, etc. who need additional experience in the healthcare field prior to submitting applications for such degrees). The Department of Neurosurgery prides itself on providing all interested staff throughout the Department with opportunities to observe and participate in educational events and research endeavors in the individual candidate’s area of focus or interest. These opportunities are not noted in the job description, but offered to all personnel***


  • Perform duties under moderate supervision with intermediate to advanced proficiency in administrative skills.
  • Provide routine and more complex administrative support such as: typing memos and letters, answering telephones, and taking and distributing messages.
  • Coordinate calendar and schedules including: coordinate calendars for several managers or coordinates events for department.
  • Proofread and edit manuscripts, perform library or literature searches, and help to create and edit presentation materials. Work with less direction with ability to create more advanced material.
  • Helps to prepare and edit grant applications and other related materials with less direction and more applicable knowledge of the process.
  • Perform transcription of dictated physician notes.
  • Assist with training and orienting staff as needed.
  • Provide cross coverage as needed.
  • Assist with special projects as directed.
  • Follow HIPAA guidelines for the management of patient privacy and confidentiality.

Hot Social Impact Internships & Jobs


  • Center for Global Development (CGD), CGD Summer Delegates Program, Expiration: Mar 15th 11:55 pm in Washington, DC (PAID)
  • NOAA, NOAA 2020 Summer Internships, Expiration: Mar 6th 11:59 pm, Various locations in USA (PAID)
  • The Nature Conservancy, Climate & Clean Energy Intern, Expiration: Feb 26th 11:55 pm, Washington, DC (PAID)
  • The Nature Conservancy, Summer Ocean conservation video edition and social media developer, Expiration: May 31st 01:30 pm, Houston, TX (UNPAID)


  • Hawai’i Preparatory School, Independent School Teaching Fellow, Expiration: Feb 20th 11:55 pm, Waimea, HI (PAID/Housing/Car)
  • Health Equity International (formerly St. Boniface Haiti Foundation), Development Coordinator, Expiration: May 1st, 2020 at 11:59 pm, Newton, MA (PAID) – Midd Alum!
  • Conservation International (CI), Foundation Relations Development Coordinator, Expiration: Mar 31st 11:55 pm in Crystal City, VA (PAID)
  • Conservation International (CI), Global Communications Intern, Expiration: Feb 29th 11:55 pm, Crystal City, VA (PAID)
  • RSG, Research Data Analyst, Expiration: Feb 28th 12:30 pm. White River Junction, VT OR Arlington, VA (PAID) (RSG creatively applies state-of-the-art data modeling and analytics to transportation planning, market strategy, environmental management, and custom software development, helping organizations make critical decisions.)

Can’t miss talk by CEO of Mass General Physicians Organization on March 2! Pre-Med students–put this on your calendar

“The US Health Care System: Problems and Potential Solutions” by Dr. Tim Ferris ’85, MD & CEO of Mass General Physicians Organization

Monday, March 2, 2020 MBH (BiHall) 216 4:30 PM

Dr. Timothy G. Ferris is chief executive officer of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Trained in internal medicine and pediatrics, Tim is a practicing primary care physician at Mass General. Prior positions include the senior vice president for population health at Partners HealthCare, medical director of the Mass General Physicians Organization, and vice president for quality for the MGH Department of Pediatrics. His clinical interests include caring for medically complex patients, and home visits to the elderly. Tim led the design and implementation of system-wide care delivery changes at Partners in response to novel risk-sharing contracts for Medicare, Commercial, and Medicaid populations. These programs were administered through the Center for Population Health which Tim founded through an industry partnership, touching over 1 million patients annually. The programs spanned the continuum of care, including over 5000 clinicians in primary care, specialty care, post-acute and home based services, and included novel IT based patient services, analytics, and incentives. 

Tim has played multiple roles at the national and international level, including chairing the steering committee of the National Quality Forum and participating on multiple committees at the National Academy of Medicine. He is currently a member of the Secretary of Health and Human Services independent advisory council on physician payment policy.  Tim serves on the board of England’s National Health Service (NHS Improvement). In addition to his past National Institutes of Health and foundation grants, Tim designed a six-year Medicare demonstration project that used focused investments in patient services for complex patients that resulted in lower mortality and costs. The program received national attention and became a model for similar programs in the United States and abroad.

Tim trained at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health and has co-authored more than 130 publications in the areas of health care quality measurement, risk adjustment, health disparities and health information technology.