Special request opportunities

Occasionally OHSU departments will contact the Research & Academic Volunteer Services about specific events or projects they could use some volunteer assistance with. Here are some current opportunities specifically available to active/registered volunteers:


Spina Bifida National Registry Initiative Research Study

spineThe Spina Bifida National Registry Initiative Research Study at OHSU is currently enrolling and tracking outcomes data on clinic patients with Spina Bifida, a developmental congenital disorder. This study is an excellent opportunity for students interested in research and future graduate study. We are currently looking for student volunteers to assist with data collection, and data entry and tracking of longitudinal outcomes.

Students will gain useful research experience and will also gain experience with National registry software programs for data entry and analysis. Duties may include assisting with data collection and data entry and other general office duties in support of the goals of the study. Opportunities to shadow in a clinical setting will also be included.

Eligibility: Must be a college junior, senior, or post bac (or have exceptional qualifications). Coursework family and human services, psychology and/or interest in developmental disabilities is preferred/ beneficial. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Must be detail oriented, organized, timely, and professional. Basic knowledge of computer application software is preferred.

Commitment Requirements: 12 hours per week for at least 5 months

Interested? Contact: Daria Ettinger for information and an application

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Emergency Medicine Clinical Research: Syncope Study

ersyncopeDr. Benjamin Sun and his research team are looking for volunteers to conduct follow-up calls to study participants across 12 research sites nationwide in his Syncope project. This is a great opportunity to help out, and better get to know, the OHSU Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine (CPR-EM). Our CPR-EM faculty are fully supportive of the research volunteers and readily available to help discuss future career plans as well as assist volunteers in whatever manner possible required to advance toward their career goals. Educational opportunities will also be available to those interested to gain valuable exposure in conducting a multi-center clinical research project. Shadowing opportunities will be offered by our  core CPR-EM faculty upon completion of ≥ 3 months of volunteering with the Syncope call group.

Eligibility:  18 years or older. Must be detail oriented, timely, and professional. Basic knowledge of computer application software is preferred. Previous exposure to a research is recommended, but not required. Intended for pre-medical students interested in gaining research experience before applying to medical school.

Commitment requirements: Minimum of 6 months; can volunteer beyond that—follow-up calls are expected to be conducted over the next 1.5 years.  Hours per week will vary depending on assignment but are typically 2-3 h a day; number of days per week up to you. Volunteers are expected to be available at least 2h a week for a period of 6 months.  Scheduling is flexible and prepared by the Syncope project manager monthly.

Interested? Contact Marie-Annick Yagapen

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A Call for Assistance: POLST

OPR Color Logo V5_high_Res_160Attention Current Volunteers! Our friends from the Oregon Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Registry (POLST/OPR) urgently need your help! Very short-term assistance is needed for putting together confirmation packets for their Registrants. Do you have time to help in the next week or two (or more)? Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Hanna Nelson at nelsonha@ohsu.edu or 503-418-4083

Learn more about POLST via this awesome YouTube video

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Oregon Cord Blood Donation Program

cordblood2The Oregon Cord Blood Donation program is looking for some immediate assistance with  the assembly of cord blood collection kits, assembling donor registration packets, assist with donor registration and outreach, packaging and shipping of collected cord blood, and other related projects as they become available. Ideal candidates will be able to offer at least 2 hours per week and commit to helping for at least a month. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age; have completed at least one year of science courses; able to communicate effectively with families and medical staff; able to work independently and as part of a team; exhibit a strong work ethic and good organizational skills. If you are interested please contact the Program Coordinators at cord@ohsu.edu for more information.

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Please view all other current volunteer opportunities here.

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