Open Opportunities

Clinical Research in Pulmonary and Critical Care & Sleep Medicine (PRISM)

PRISM research team performs phase II-IV clinical trials in pulmonary clinics and hospital settings. We have multiple ongoing clinical trials in conditions like pulmonary artery hypertension, COPD, and acute respiratory distress syndrome. We accept highly disciplined volunteers to conduct chart reviews of study subjects/patients using electronic medical records (EPIC) and enter the information in a secure database and support research coordinators. Volunteers are expected to be available at least two half days (8 hours) a week for a period of 12 months. Our offices are located onthe 1st floor of Emma Jones Hall, Room 121. Shadowing opportunities will be offered to our volunteers after completion of 6 months of volunteering with PRISM.

Eligibility: Intended for pre-medical students interested ingaining research experience before applying to medical school. International medical graduates interested in gaining experience in phase 2 and phase 3 clinical trials in pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine may also apply.

For more information visit the Pulmonary Clinics website.

Interested? Contact: PRISM Volunteer Coordinators with your resume, and a statement of interest/goals for PRISM.

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Clinical Research Investigative Studies Program (CRISP)

Exposes volunteers to research methods and clinical medicine by spending time collecting data and observing unfettered rhythms of patient care in the OHSU Emergency Department.  

Eligibility: For highly disciplined and motivated pre-medical students who plan to go into a field of clinical medicine.  

Commitment Requirements: Minimum 1 year commitment. Additional requirements apply - please contact program for details.

Interested? Contact: Kamil Narayan

For more information visit the CRISP website.

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Department of Surgery - Innovation Intern

The Department of Surgery's Surgical Innovation Program is currently accepting applications for new team members. Innovation Interns will work closely with the Innovation Staff, Institutional Partners and Investigators to bring their Mentor's novel ideas to life. This will include shadowing in the Operating Room and Clinic, market analysis, design conception and business plan development.

Primary Duties: The primary duties for this position are market analysis, design conception and business plan development.

Eligibility: We are seeking applicants with the confidence to work independently, are proficient with Microsoft office, and are enthusiastic about research. Applicants must be over the age of 18 and are either currently enrolled in College, are a Post-Bac, Medical Student, or Foreign Medical Graduate. Preference will be given to students with research, medical and engineering backgrounds.

Commitment: Due to the training and investment, volunteers are required to volunteer 15-20 hours per week for at least 9 months.

Interested? Please apply by sending a CV and cover letter explaining your interest in joining the Surgical Innovation Program to Sharon Kryger

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Intracranial Hypertension Registry

To assist the Research Coordinator with the ongoing enrollment and management of patients in the Intracranial Hypertension Registry. Duties include: Data entry into a customized database (4D) and Microsoft Excel;use Microsoft Office to create mailing labels;use Microsoft Outlook to send formatted emails;assist with mailing patient questionnaires or newsletters;assist with the tabulation of survey information;review patient files and extract pertinent information;assist with managing new and existing patients.

Eligibility: General computer knowledge;ability to answer phones, take accurate messages;excellent people and communication skills;ability to follow directions and work independently;write legibly.

Commitment Requirements: Be available for a minimum of 10 hours per week.

Interested? Contact: Nick Miller, Research Coordinator, Intracranial Hypertension Registry, 503-418-2141

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Psychiatry - ADHD Study

The ADHD Research Study at OHSU is a longitudinal project examining attention, heart rate, brain imaging, and cognitive functioning in children and adolescents. This study is under the direction of Professor Joel Nigg, Ph.D. in the Department of Psychiatry and is an excellent opportunity for students interested in research and future graduate study. We are currently looking for student volunteers to assist with testing, data collection, and data entry. Students will be in direct contact with children and teens and their parents and will gain useful experience with child and adult cognitive achievement and physiological tests. Students will also gain experience with state of the art software for data entry, cleaning, and analysis. Duties may include administering child and parent cognitive and academic tests (WISC, WIAT, WAIS, WRAT, etc.), conducting physiological readings and computerized tasks, scoring and data entry, and other general laboratory duties in support of the goals of the study.

Eligibility: Must be a junior, senior, or post bac (or have exceptional qualifications). Coursework in child abnormal or developmental psychology, physiology, child behavior, and statistics is preferred/ beneficial. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Must have evening and Saturday availability. Must be detail oriented, organized, timely, and professional. Basic knowledge of computer application software (Systat, SPSS, Excel, Eprime) is preferred but not required.

Commitment Requirements: A minimum of 10-20 hours per week for at least 9 months. Must be available for two lab meetings per month (1st and 3rd Thursdays from 2pm-3pm).

Interested? Contact: e-mail ohsuADHD@ohsu.edu for information or complete the application HERE.

For more information visit the ADHD Study website by clicking HERE.

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Spina Bifida National Registry Initiative Research Study

The 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.

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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OHSU ThinkFirst Oregon

OHSU ThinkFirst Oregon is a non-profit injury prevention program focused on reducing the incidents of brain and spinal cord injury in Oregon's youth. Through innovative classroom presentations and community outreach, ThinkFirst's programs are designed to help young children and teens develop lifelong safety habits to minimize their risk of sustaining brain, spinal cord or other traumatic injuries. Most importantly, ThinkFirst teaches young people ways to avoid behaviors and situations that put them at risk. Our message is that you can enjoy a fun, exciting life and be safe if you "think first" and use your mind to protect your body."

Eligibility: if only volunteering at a couple events, we ask that volunteers be at least 16 years of age. If 14 years of age and under a parent/guardian must be present throughout the volunteer shift. If volunteering at more than 2 events, we encourage volunteers to fill out/register to become an OHSU Volunteer through Research and Academic Volunteer services – There is at least a 1 year commitment.

Volunteer Responsibility: helping ThinkFirst educate the community on brain and spinal cord injury prevention through talking about brain/spinal cord anatomy, through running activities and helping to fit bike helmets.

Commitment Requirements: 1 shift at our summer events (with benefits for volunteers who volunteer at 3 or more events – a bike helmet to take home).

Interested? Fill out this survey to see if you qualify!

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21BrainStudy in the Developmental Brain Imaging Lab (DBIL)

The 21BrainStudy in the Developmental Brain Imaging Lab(DBIL) is in the Department of Psychiatry and is led by Principal Investigator Dr. Bonnie Nagel. The 21BrainStudy focuses on how personal alcohol habits and family history may impact the brain and cognition.

This is a great opportunity students interested in pursuing graduate study to gain experience working directly with participants and fMRI data collection.

The primary duties will include assisting with study visits, particularly structural and functional MRI scans, by preparing participants and assisting scan operators throughout the MRI session. Other duties include data entry, posting recruitment flyers at local businesses and college campuses, conducting initial prescreening of potential study subjects over the phone, and quality assessment of imaging data.

Eligibility: All applicants must be 21+ years of age. Must be a junior or senior in college, or completed Bachelor's degree in relevant field (or have exceptional qualifications). Strong interpersonal skills are a must. Course work in psychology, biological psychology, and statistics is preferred/ beneficial. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Must have evening and/or Saturday availability. Must be professional and organized. Basic knowledge of computer application software (SPSS and Excel) is preferred.

Commitment Requirements: 8-10 hours per week for at least one year. Must have at least 2 evenings (5:00 p.m. –11:00 p.m.) available per week (actual schedule may vary).

Interested? Please send your resume or CV and availability to 21brainstudy@ohsu.edu.  

For more information visit the DBIL Lab website

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NW Center for Voice & Swallowing

The OHSU NW Center for Voice & Swallowing (NWCVS) provides multi-disciplinary care for voice and swallowing disorders. NWCVS also conducts research in the areas of voice disorders, airway management, head and neck cancer, dysphagia, pediatric voice, teaching and training, augmentative and alternative communication, and communication and aging.

Volunteer Program: We are currently accepting 2 research assistant volunteers to assist with various phases of research including participant recruitment, testing and data collection, and scholarly activities. Duties also may include other general laboratory tasks in support of NWCVS goals. Volunteers work under the supervision of a Principal Investigator.

Eligibility: Volunteers should be an undergraduate student, a post bac (or have exceptional qualifications), graduate student, or a medical student or resident interested in gaining clinical-translational research experience. Coursework in otolaryngology, communication disorders, human physiology, respiratory physiology, and statistics is preferred/beneficial. Volunteers must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. They must be detail-oriented, organized, timely, and professional. Volunteers with a basic knowledge of computer application software (Word, Excel) are preferred.

Commitment Requirements: Volunteers are expected to be available for at least two ½ day shifts (4-5 hours) per week for a minimum of 1 year. Scheduling is flexible. Volunteers also must be available for a monthly lab meeting.

Interested? Contact Dr. Aaron Ziegler for more information and to submit an application consisting of your resume and a statement of interest/goals. Our offices are located on the 5th floor of Sam Jackson Hall. Link to OHSU map (Building 9, Map Quadrant B1).

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Knight Cancer Institute's Adult Solid Tumor and Hematological Malignancies Clinical Trials

The Knight Cancer Institute's Adult Clinical Trials group is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist 30+ research staff in conducting clinical trials.

Duties: Will include couriering research drug across campus, processing blood samples, packing and delivering shipments to the OHSU Shipping Office, research data entry, organizing, scanning, and filing research documents, preparing supplies for upcoming visits, collecting signatures from clinical trial investigators and general office organization.

Other duties will be assigned based on needs of the clinical trials group.

Volunteers will gain useful research experience and will also gain an overall understanding of the day-to-day operation of oncology clinical trials.

Eligibility: 18 years of age or older; able to work independently and as part of a team; flexible. Must be able to lift 20 pounds and walk long distances frequently.

Commitment Requirements: Minimum of 8 hours per week.

Interested? Contact: KnightVolunteers@ohsu.edu

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OHSU Research Development –Strategic Planning

OHSU Research Development is currently accepting applications for new volunteer team members for strategic planning. Research development encompasses strategic, proactive, catalytic, and capacity-building activities that allow individual faculty members, teams of researchers, and OHSU to attract extramural research funding and use its institutional resources wisely and well. Many research development professionals have advanced degrees, and it is a promising career alternative for STEM Ph.Ds.

OHSU's research development office was established in 2004. This year, a major goal is to develop a strategic plan for research development to take OHSU into its next phase. Strategic planning interns will work closely with the Research Development leadership and staff, institutional partners and OHSU faculty to identify needs, strengths, and opportunities for central research development at the university. This will include meeting and shadowing various activities, considerable data analysis, and strategic plan development.

Primary Duties: The primary duties for this position are gathering data, data management, performing institutional data analysis, and plan development. Depending on interest, we may also consider editorial interns who would like to gain experience editing proposals. Interns will gain valuable, translatable skills in data analysis, competitive intelligence analysis, strategic planning, and, depending on interest, proposal development.

Eligibility: We are seeking applicants with the confidence to work independently, who are proficient with Microsoft office(Excel) and other database tools, who are enthusiastic about putting their research training to work in a new context to help OHSU, and who can present well. Applicants must be either currently enrolled in graduate school or be postdoctoral fellows. Preference will be given to trainees with research backgrounds.

Commitment: We are looking for a commitment of five to ten hours per week for 6 months.

Interested? Please apply by sending a CV and cover letter explaining your interest in joining the Research Development Strategic Planning Team to Rachel Dresbeck, Ph.D. at dresbeck@ohsu.edu.

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OBGYN Global Women's Health Program

Volunteer will be working with the Administrative OBGYN team to create a website for our Global Women's Health Program. Volunteers will learn about the technical workflow of website development, learn about global women's health projects within OHSU's Global Women's Health program, and will contribute towards supporting the department's ability to communicate, raise awareness of, and support global health missions and educational opportunities.

Eligibility: At least 18 years of age. Experience with Graphic User Interface software (GUI). Interest in women's health, global health, and/or website development is preferred.

Commitment Requirements: Attend a CommonSpot training after the onboarding process to gain access to our GUI software. At least 2 hours per week until website is up and running.

Interested? Please email Angela Espinosa at espinoan@ohsu.edu for application information.

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Vascular Surgery Internships Program (VIP)

This position broadly supports multiple ongoing clinical research projects under the direction of Vascular Surgical Staff. This intern will be assisting with the maintenance of clinical research projects for the IRB approved studies. They will be highly involved in the retrospective studies and periodically assist with the prospective studies. Throughout their experience, the interns will be involved in multiple research projects, data abstraction, study and data management, regulatory support and assist with medical visits and understand the framework, practices and procedures of clinical research in vascular surgery. Interns will have the ability to participate in journal clubs, bi-weekly research meetings, and other related research meetings. If the projects are successfully completed during the internship period, their name will be added to publications. Successful interns will also receive a letter of recommendation for their professional portfolio.

Eligibility: Motivated undergraduate/ graduate and medical students interested in gaining research experience. Applicants must be detail oriented, professional, with strong communication skills and capacity to work independently. Applicants must be over the age of 18

Commitment: 10 hours per week from Monday through Friday preferred. A minimum commitment of 9 months is required.

Interested? Please send a cover letter and resume to VIP@ohsu.edu

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Developmental Brain Imaging Lab (DBIL)

The Developmental Brain Imaging Lab (DBIL) is in the Department of Psychiatry and is led by Principal Investigator Dr. Bonnie Nagel. Dr. Nagel has been studying brain development in healthy and at-risk adolescents and young adults (ages 14-25) for several years.

The primary duties will include data entry, scoring cognitive measures and questionnaires. Occasionally we have opportunities to work directly with research participants (depending on study needs). This is a great opportunity for students interested in pursuing graduate study.

Eligibility: Must be professional, organized, and reliable. Must be a junior or senior in college, or post-bac (or have exceptional qualifications). Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Coursework in psychology, biological psychology, and statistics is highly preferred/ beneficial. Basic knowledge of computer application software (SPSS and Excel) is preferred.

Commitment Requirements: 5-8 hours per week for 9-12 months. Attendance at lab meeting on Mondays at 12:00-1:00pm

Interested? Please send a cover letter, your resume/CV, and availability to DBIL@ohsu.edu.  

For more information visit the DBIL website.

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Novel Interventions in Children's Healthcare (NICH)

Psychologists in the Institute on Development and Disability, including Drs. David Wagner and Michael Harris, are looking for volunteers to help with the evaluation of Novel Interventions in Children's Healthcare (NICH). The NICH program serves youth with a range of complex medical conditions (e.g., type 1 diabetes, end-stage renal disease, cystic fibrosis, chronic pain) and psychosocial vulnerabilities (e.g., insufficient access to resources, mental health issues, involvement with foster care system). We are looking for volunteers to assist with data collection as we evaluate the ability of NICH to meet the triple aim: improving health, improving care, and reducing medical costs.

This is a great education and training opportunity for those interested in research about social vulnerabilities in a pediatric population and in pursuing graduate study in psychology or pediatrics. Volunteers get to attend clinical and lab meetings and gain knowledge and skills related to research methodology, chronic medical conditions, and practices in pediatric psychology.

Primary responsibilities: Collecting and entering health/medical utilization data, assisting with literature reviews and other activities related to publication, potentially assisting parents and adolescents in completing treatment evaluation forms.

Location: OHSU main campus: Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) (although some data collection may occur in the community)

Eligibility: Must be a college junior, senior, or postbac. Must be comfortable interacting with individuals with diverse backgrounds in the hospital and community. Previous experience with adolescents and families, as well as access to reliable transportation, a plus, but not required.

Commitment: Requesting a minimum 9-month commitment.

Interested? Please send Celeste Jenisch, jenisch@ohsu.edu a letter of interest, a resume and/or vita, and the names and contacts of two individuals who can provide professional references.

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Technology Transfer and Business Development (TTBD) Internship

TTBD's mission is to support the advancement of OHSU research, innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship for the benefit of society.

TTBD Interns provide a valuable service by assisting with technology development and the transition of technology from laboratory to market for the benefit of the public. In return, interns gain valuable knowledge and skills that can be applied in a wide range of professions. Past TTBD interns have gone on to pursue careers in technology transfer, patent law, and startup development.

Eligibility: Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in a life science, a physical science, and/or engineering; be pursuing or have received a graduate-level degree in science, medicine, engineering, business, or law; and have an interest in intellectual property, technology transfer, and/or business development as a career goal. Applications for the 2018-2019 year must be received by Aug. 3, 2018.

Commitment Requirements: One year from Oct. 1, 2018 - Sept. 27, 2019. Interns are expected to volunteer 8 to 10hours per week in the TTBD office with limited time off.

Interested? Please see TTBD Careers & Internships website
(http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/research/techtransfer/about/jobs-internships.cfm)for
application instructions. Contact Nicole Garrison (garrisni@ohsu.edu) with questions.

For more information visit the TTBD website ((http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/research/techtransfer/)

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On Track OHSU! Outreach Curriculum Support Volunteer

Description: A volunteer with the On Track OHSU! program will assist program staff in preparation for On Track events. On Track works with students grades 6 through college to help increase students interest in science and preparation to enter science fields.

Volunteer will have the opportunity to work with a dynamic team and see the inside workings of science education outreach!

Main Duties: will include:- Assist in maintaining and organizing outreach materials for weekly use by staff- Assist with social media postings, digital newsletters and other online presence (as needed)- Assist with general office organization (as needed)

Time Commitment: September 4, 2019 - May 24, 2020

Contact: Emily Felsenstein, Program Coordinator, felsenst@ohsu.edu

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Institute on Development & Disability (IDD) Diversity and Inclusion Research Volunteer Opportunity

Contribute to the efforts of the Diversity & Inclusion Task Force at IDD within the Department of Pediatrics at OHSU. This unique volunteer position provides an opportunity to contribute to the efforts of the task force in providing innovative and comprehensive services in a welcoming environment, where the diversity of life is valued and inclusion is a priority.

Description: The selected research assistant volunteer will contribute to a variety of initiatives and work as a contributing member of the task force comprised of OHSU staff and clinicians from a variety of departments and disciplines.

Commitment: The ideal candidate must have an interest in diversity and inclusion and the ability to commit to 8-10 hours per week, preferably on Tuesday or a combination of days in the work week (no weekends) for a minimum period of 6 months after the OHSU on boarding process which could take up to 4 weeks. The commitment can be extended if desired.

Apply: Interested individuals of diverse backgrounds are highly encouraged to contact Hannah Sanford-Keller at sandfordh@ohsu.edu

Please include a resume and an interest statement 

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Trauma Research Associates Program (T-RAP)

Trauma Research Associates Program (T-RAP)

T-RAP provides volunteers with first-hand exposure to clinical research at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), the only academic Level-1 Trauma Center in Oregon.

The focus of our IRB approved study is to compile a prospective registry of complications in critically-ill patients admitted to the Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at OHSU. Our volunteers conduct chart reviews of patients using electronic medical records (EPIC) and enter the information in a secure database.  They attend daily rounds in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit, where medical students, residents, and attending physicians evaluate laboratory/imaging results, pertinent exam findings, and treatment plans. Additionally, T-RAP volunteers attend the Trauma Conference or grand rounds to listen to speakers present on topics such as abdominal aortic aneurysms and nosocomial bacteremia.

Our group is seeking to recruit highly motivated individuals who are excited about conducting clinical research within the Department of Surgery's Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery at OHSU.

Eligibility: The program invites applications from currently enrolled undergraduate/graduate students and college graduates. Applicants must have a 3.0 minimum GPA and demonstrate a working knowledge of computers, a strong work ethic, and an eagerness to learn in a collaborative environment.

Commitment Requirements: A minimum one-year commitment to the program; one four-hour data entry shift every week; monthly T-RAP group meetings.

Contact: Trauma Research Associates Program Mailbox at TRAP@ohsu.edu  For more information, visit the Trauma Research Associates Program website.

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Infant Brain and Development Research - PEACH Study

The Developmental Behavioral Neuroscience Lab, under Elinor Sullivan, Ph.D and the Attention, Emotion, and Neurophysiological Development (ATTEND) lab, under the direction of Sarah Karalunas, Ph.D., are looking for volunteers to aid on the Prenatal Environment and Child Health (PEACH) Study. The PEACH study is a longitudinal research study that will follow mothers from the second trimester of pregnancy until the child is 3 years old. The purpose of this study is to learn more about how prenatal factors such as nutrition influence infant and toddler behavior and risk of neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD. This study will determine which prenatal factors are the strongest predictors of alterations in infant and toddler behavior associated with neurodevelopmental disorders, and set the stage for new approaches to prevent or treat child mental health problems.

Description of Duties: Volunteers would be assisting labs with recruitment, eligibility screening, participant visits, data collection and scoring and other general laboratory and administrative duties in support of the active studies. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to work directly with infants and their parents and participate in the collection of behavioral, physiological and neuropsychological (EEG) data. Specific responsibilities will depend on each volunteer’s interests and strengths.

Eligibility: Must be a junior, senior, or post bac (or have exceptional qualifications). Coursework in nutrition, infant and early life development, neurophysiology, and infant and child behavior is preferred/ beneficial. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Must have daytime, afternoon, and weekend availability. Must have strong interpersonal skills, be detail oriented, organized, timely, and professional. Experience working with infants is preferred but not required. Basic knowledge of computer application software (SPSS, Excel) is preferred.

Commitment Requirements:  10-20 hours per week for at least 1 year.

Interested? Please click here to apply or email attendlab@ohsu.edu for more information

For more information you can also visit the ATTEND Lab website

Department of Dermatology - Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma

The OHSU Department of Dermatology, Research Division, has a volunteer position open to join a team studying cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma in the laboratory of Dr. Molly Kulesz-Martin, PhD;  The Kulesz-Martin lab is a basic science research laboratory whose research focuses on investigation into personalized medicine for patients with cutaneous and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, as well as understanding the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis and psoriasis.

Project Description:  Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) is the second most common skin cancer after basal cell carcinoma, and is increasing in incidence.  While most such tumors are successfully removed surgically, 8% recur and 5% metastasize within 5 years, resulting in about 8,000 deaths a year in the USA, which is almost as many deaths as caused by melanoma. Until September 2018 there were no FDA approved cancer drugs for cSCC and there still are no reliable clinical predictors of recurrence or response to treatment.  Based upon bioinformatics-driven target identification by our research team, we will test for early tumor markers that predict risk of cSCC invasion +/or metastasis. We will prepare tissue microarrays from over 200 cSCC tissue specimens, mainly from the Dermatology Department at OHSU, and evaluate prioritized candidate targets by means of MultiplexImmunoHistoChemistry (MIHC) to determine a signature for early detection of high risk tumors.  In the future, this information will be used to identify novel molecular therapeutic agents and to individualize drug treatment to each patient.

Volunteer Duties: Volunteers may be trained in clinical data retrieval and summarizing from electronic medical records, immunostaining, construction of tissue microarrays from patients’ tissue samples, microscopy and data analyses. This is a great learning opportunity for students interested in pursuing graduate or professional school. 

Eligibility:  For this position, we seek an undergraduate student with a background in science able to volunteer 12 to 16 hours per week.  The student applicant must be detail oriented, organized and able to work independently. Proficiency in math, biology or other science coursework, including lab courses, as well as in basic computer skills, inclusive of the ability to make spreadsheets, preferred.

Commitment Requirements:  Student must be able to commit a minimum of 12-16 hours a week for the duration of the academic year.

Interested?  Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in this project and applicable experience as well as a resume, unofficial transcript, one letter of recommendation from a science professor or lab supervisor to Ashley Yoo, yooa@OHSU.edu.

Risk Management Internship

Risk Management Internship

The student filling this position may have a background in Nursing/Business/Finance/Accounting/Actuarial Studies. Other majors will be considered if the student possesses the requisite interest.  Internship will include opportunity to shadow staff in departments that support Risk Management efforts on campus.  Intern will gain working knowledge of the Risk Management framework using real life examples of various business risks. 

Term:  8-12 weeks, Summer 2019; potential for additional work during school year

Hours/week: 35-40 during the summer. Would be less than 25 during the school year

Stipend Amount:  Up to $7,500*

*Stipend provided by a grant from the Spencer Educational Foundation.  Applicants are encouraged to learn more about the Spencer Foundation at http://spencered.org

Duties: Intern will work directly with Risk Management staff and both internal and external stakeholders to learn about Risk Management and Insurance at an Academic Medical Center.  Intern will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Claims
    • Claims set-up for auto, property, personal property, general liability and cyber lines of coverage 
    • Learn about Medical Professional Liability claims and litigation management
  • Insurance Program Management
    • Assist with claims history and insurance verification for physicians
    • Work with Insurance Team on Casualty and Property insurance renewals.  Learn process for gathering specs and providing renewal information to partner departments
    • Assist on specially assigned project. Past projects have included analysis related to Property and Business Interruption coverage, International Travel and Event Risk Management.
    • Track auto insurance coverage for fleet vehicles
    • Learn about actuarial processes
  • Risk Mitigation
    • Attend and observe Safety Committee Meetings
    • Assist with drafting presentations to effectively convey risk management concepts
    • Assist individual business units with analysis and data gathering for risk mitigation strategies

Requirements: Applicants may be of any relevant major but should proficient in Microsoft Office applications and open to working in a fast-paced environment.  OHSU is committed to information privacy and security and the selected intern will be required to exercise discretion to support this part of the mission.  Attention to detail, the ability to multi-task and good communication skills. 

Current, cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher from an accredited college or university. 

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13. 

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Current college transcripts

Interested parties should submit applications to forbessc@ohsu.edu.

Currently not accepting International applications. 

Diabetes Study: Glycemia Reduction in Approaches in Diabetes Effectiveness Study

The Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes: A Comparative Effectiveness Study (GRADE) is a long-term study of differenttreatments for type 2 diabetes. The study enrolled 5,047 participants nationwide, who are in follow-up over the next 4-7 years depending upon time of study entry.

GRADE is funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and
Kidney Diseases
(NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Type 2
diabetes is an epidemic that threatens to become the century's major public health problem and poses enormous human and economic challenges worldwide.  Most people with diabetes eventually need 2 medications to control blood glucose levels.  A major challenge is to determine which of the many possible drugs is the best choice among people already treated with metformin, the most commonly used diabetes drug.

GRADE is a randomized clinical trial of participants diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within the past 10 years who are already on metformin.  Participants will be randomly assigned to 1 of 4 commonly used glucose-lowering drugs (glimepiride, sitagliptin, liraglutide, and basal insulin glargine), plus metformin, and will be followed for up to 7 years.  The goal of the GRADE Study is to determine which combination of two diabetes medications is best for achieving good glycemic control, has the fewest side effects, and is the most beneficial for overall health in long-term treatment of type 2 diabetes.

Purpose: GRADE is seeking applicants with the confidence to work independently with enthusiasm about research. Must be detail oriented, organized, timely, and professional. Volunteers will gain useful research experience with exposure to research methods and will gain an overall understanding of the day-to-day operations in long-term clinical trials.

Primary duties: Use Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office to create mailing labels and assist with mailings; organize and review patient files; processing blood samples, packing and delivering shipments to the OHSU Shipping Office; research data entry, organizing, scanning, and filing research documents; preparing supplies for upcoming visits; inventory management and general office organization.

Eligibility: Motivated students who are curious about clinical research and are considering graduate programs, currently working towards a 4 year degree or individuals who are looking at a career change. Applicants must be over the age of 18, detail oriented, organized, professional, and eager to learn. Have general computer knowledge; excellent people and communication skills; ability to follow directions and work independently; write legibly.

Commitment Requirements: Due to the training and investment, volunteers are required to volunteer a minimum of 4 hours per week for at least 9 months.

Interested:  Please apply by sending a CV and/or Resume and cover letter explaining your interest in joining to: Brianna Morales at moralesb@ohsu.edu.

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