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PNWRCE Emerging Pathogens Internship Opportunity
The PNWRCE is a NIH-supported collaboration between the four regional state health departments of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and the academic medical centers of University Washington and Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). In an effort to support regional emergency response capacity, and to provide training in outbreak response and special studies involving emerging pathogens, we have created an Emerging Pathogens Team. This team consists of MPH student trainees supervised and mentored by Oregon Public Health Division (OPHD) and OHSU infectious disease epidemiologists. MPH students from the 4-state region have the opportunity to join the Oregon Public Health Division (OPHD)/Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) centered RCE each quarter. Interns may be based in one of the four state health departments. This team will actively investigate reports of respiratory, diarrheal pathogens, and other emerging pathogens, collate exposure and clinical data, and conduct outbreak investigations within the four state region. In addition, they will collaborate with basic science investigators at OHSU and UW to support special molecular, genetic, and other studies as appropriate. Interns will be expected to present findings from investigations at region-wide communicable disease conferences, annual RCE meetings, and/or national conferences, where applicable. Upon MPH graduation and internship completion, trainees will have the opportunity to join a registry of trained individuals to provide surge capacity to RCE and regional health departments in the event of a widespread outbreak.

Stipend: $3000/quarter
Dates will vary according to site

Eligible Students from PNWRCE Region X:
Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Idaho

This experience is a full-time work placement during the quarter at OPHD and can serve as the internship requirement for OHSU students. Students from other eligible institutions should confirm if this is a credit earning experience that can be applied towards their degree with their registrar.

Interested students:
Please send CV, letter of interest and 1 faculty letter of recommendation electronically to
Ellen Stevenson M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Director, Emergency Response and Planning
Pacific Northwest Regional Center of Excellence in Biodefense & Emerging Diseases


žInfectious disease epidemiology fellow training
The PNWRCE offers a one-year position for Infectious Disease Fellows interested in emerging pathogens.  The fellow must be from OHSU or UW and will be based at OPHD/OHSU and work within 4-state NW region. The focus will be on outbreak response and communicable disease control and involve additional special research projects.

Public Health Conferences and Seminars
Medical Response to Infectious Disease Outbreaks and Public Health Emergencies
Annual conference in collaboration with the NWRCE, The University of Washington School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University, American Medical Association, Infectious Diseases Society of America