OHSU Hosting Sites Seeking Volunteers
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.
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.
Our Coordinating center, Dr. Benjamin Sun, and his research team are looking for volunteer interns 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 6 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 students interested in gaining research experience before applying to PA, nursing, public health or medical school.
Commitment Requirements: Project will end in September 2016 can volunteer beyond that
Interested? Contact Marie-Annick Yagapenback to top
Assemble cord blood collection kits, assemble donor registration packets, assist with donor registration and outreach, packaging and shipping of collected cord blood, and other related projects as they become available.
Eligibility: 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.
Commitment Requirements: At least 12 months for at least 2 hours per week.
Interested? Contact: Program Coordinators at email@example.com, and include a resume and cover letter explaining your experience and why you would like to volunteer with this program
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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: Carin Waslo, Research Coordinator, Intracranial Hypertension Registry, 503-418-2141
Volunteers are welcomed to serve in a variety of capacities, depending upon experience, educational background, time available, and interest. Examples of library volunteer activities are:
- Contribute to library digitization projects (e.g., descriptive metadata input and OCR text correction)
- Working on special inventory or cataloging projects
- Processing archival materials
- Intern at the library (for library school and library assistant students)
Eligibility: At least 16 years of age. Additional requirements vary - see website.
Commitment Requirements: At least 40 hours total (no duration specified). Additional requirements vary - see website.
Interested? Contact: Maia Siufanua or 503-494-6029
For more information visit the OHSU Library website
Provide a service to Oregonians statewide, by volunteering with the OR POLST Registry. Volunteers will be compiling packets of Registration materials for our Registrants. Primarily responsible for: cutting out labels, creating magnets; folding and stuffing envelopes with letters, labels magnets; and confirming each packet is complete before mailing. May also assist in compiling educational materials.
Eligibility: At least 16 years of age.
Commitment Requirements: Minimum 3 month commitment; 2hrs/week min or 8hrs/month; flexible scheduling upon request.
Interested? Contact: The POLST Registry
The ADHD Research Study at OHSU is currently examining attention, heart rate, brain imaging, and cognitive functioning in children 7 to 11 years of age. 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 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 child 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.
Commitment Requirements: 3 shifts per week for at least 5 months and be available for two lab meetings per month.
Interested? Contact: e-mail ADHD@ohsu.edu for information and an application.
For more information visit the ADHD Study website.
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
The Oregon Poison Center is a 24-hour healthcare information and treatment resource serving the state of Oregon, the territories of Alaska and Guam.
The Oregon Poison Center is also responsible for providing public outreach and education to health care professionals. As such, we are currently looking to expand our reach and engage adolescents through a social media campaign. We are looking for someone to help us gather information/data on the youth & help us start a new program.
We are looking for volunteers who have:
- Strong writing skills
- Excellent public speaking skills
- Experience with Microsoft Office applications, particularly Microsoft Excel
- Familiarity with data analysis, interpretation and reporting
- Ability to think creatively around health/wellness issues and topic areas
- Social media knowledge preferred
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
- Reliability is a must
Eligibility: At least 18 years of age. College student (senior only) working on their community health education or public health degree. Someone working on a Master's in Public health is welcomed too.
Excellent people and communication skills; ability to follow directions and yet work independently; some experience with getting IRB processes in place desirable.
Commitment requirements: Minimum of 3 hours a week. Project start date no later than July 1st, ends December 31st 2017.
Interested? Please contact Fiorella Carhuaz
For more information visit the Oregon Poison Center website or
Program (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 Units (ICUs) 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 biweekly meetings to discuss research updates, listen to guest speakers, or present PowerPoint lectures 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; biweekly Wednesday afternoon T-RAP group meetings.
Interested? Contact: Trauma Research Associates Program Mailbox at TRAP@ohsu.edu
For more information, visit the Trauma Research Associates Program website.
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!
Aortic Surgery Research runs a variety of industry sponsored clinical trials and conducts research of diseases involving the aorta within the Knight Cardiovascular Institute (KCVI). Aortic Surgery Research Interns would work closely with the program staff and investigators to conduct these trials and research. Aortic Research Interns would also assist program staff with academic chart reviews, and patient tracking, initiated by our national aortic registry.
Primary Duties: The primary duties for this position are data entry and abstraction, assisting with database audits, and assisting with aortic clinical research, including patient contact in person and by phone.
Eligibility: We are seeking applicants with the confidence to work independently, are proficient with Microsoft office, can lift 20 pounds, stand uninterrupted for 3 hours, and are enthusiastic about clinical research. Applicants must be over the age of 18 and are either currently enrolled in a university or a graduate level course.
Commitment: Due to the training and investment, volunteers are required to volunteer a minimum of 6 hours per week.
Interested? Please apply by sending a CV and cover letter explaining why you are interested in joining the Aortic Surgery Research team to Christopher Cox at email@example.com.
The OHSU Green Team is committed to integrating sustainable practices into our daily activities by taking a proactive role in providing educational development, increased awareness, and taking action to meet the needs of our patients, students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The Green Team recognizes OHSU's substantial environmental, economical, and social impacts on the region it serves, and asserts that OHSU must take steps to reduce its impacts by implementing institutional-wide sustainability commitments, operations, and best practices. Help drive change at OHSU.
Eligibility: 18 years of age or older; able to work independently and as part of a team; flexible.
Commitment Requirements: At minimum 40 hours total (no duration specified). 1 year commitment preferred.
Interested? Contact: Brandon Lesowske, Sustainable Operations Supervisor, 503-494-8813
For more information visit the Green Team website.
The Knight Cancer Institute's Scientific Research Advocates Program is currently accepting applications. Research advocates are volunteers with a personal connection to cancer who are passionate about helping translate research findings into meaningful outcomes for patients and their families. The primary role of a research advocate is to represent the collective patient perspective, or the disease experiences of our community, in the research process. Through this lens, advocates support Knight Cancer Institute researchers by providing feedback on grant applications, participating on advisory committees, writing letters of support, and helping communicate research to the public.
Eligibility: Knight Scientific Research Advocates come from a variety of different backgrounds. To become a Scientific Research Advocate, individuals must:
- Have personal experience with cancer (as a patient, caregiver, or as an individual at high risk).
- Be at least 24 months post-cancer diagnosis (if applicable).
- Be able to share the collective patient perspective with Knight Cancer Institute researchers and clinicians.
- Be willing to volunteer at least 5 hours a month to the program for two years, including participating in quarterly group meetings, e-mail discussions, and being available to consult on projects on an ad hoc basis.
- Have excellent written and verbal communication skills, including proficiency with e-mail and Microsoft Office.
Ideally, applicants should:
- Have a demonstrated track record of involvement in community outreach or research advocacy activities.
- Have leadership or volunteer experience with relevant patient advocacy organizations.
- Be available to attend meetings on-campus at OHSU in Downtown Portland.
Selected applicants will complete OHSU volunteer registration; receive training on various topics including cancer biology, clinical trials, and cancer prevention and control; and be paired with an experienced advocate mentor. Advocates also have opportunities to participate in local and national scientific meetings on behalf of OHSU.
Applications for the Spring 2017 Advocates Cohort are due Nov. 30, 2016. We will be holding a webinar for interested applicants on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
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.
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 may include data entry and processing of data, recruitment and participant screening, depending on study needs.
Eligibility: Must be a junior or senior in college, or completed Bachelor's degree in relevant field (or have exceptional qualifications). Coursework in psychology, biological psychology, and statistics is preferred/ beneficial. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Must have afternoon, evening, 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.
For more information visit the DBIL Lab website
The Knight Cancer Institute's Center for Hematologic Malignancies 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, packing and delivering shipments to the OHSU Shipping Office, research data entry, organizing 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. Successful volunteers may receive a letter of recommendation.
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: Bethany Wollam, ClinicalResearch Manager
The OHSU Office of Visitors & Volunteers (OVV), is seeking two Program Assistant Interns. The OVV office processes and retains 3000+ volunteers across all four mission areas of OHSU. This volunteer position will be an opportunity to learn about the successful administration of a non-profit volunteer program by assisting with customer service, data entry while gaining exposure to basic HR concepts related to recruitment, onboarding, and retention. Additionally, there will be opportunities to work on special projects related to regulatory requirements and recognition efforts.
Interns are expected to be present 8-16 hours per week, for 10 weeks (flexible schedule options within Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm). Some work may be performed remotely, but most will be within the OVV office, located on the OHSU Marquam Hill Campus.
Although this internship is not a paid opportunity, interns will gain valuable, hands on experience in volunteer management, program management, and project management. Successful interns at the conclusion of their internship will receive a letter of recommendation and specific projects and samples for their professional portfolio. Monetary compensation and parking/transportation is not provided.
- Working towards a Bachelor's degree (at a sophomore level or higher, or new graduate) in Healthcare Management, Business Administration, Human Resources Management, Project Management, Community Health, or related; OR have relevant experience
- 1-2 years of customer service experience
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Self-discipline with the ability to work autonomously
- Demonstrated organization skills
- Ability to pay close attention to details
- Proficiency in verbal and written English
- Proficient in MS Excel, MS word, and MS Outlook
- Must commit for 12-16 hours per week, April-August 2017
- Experience with Volgsitics or similar volunteer management/personnel software
- 1-2 years administrative experience in a professional office setting
Interested? Please email OVV@ohsu.edu with a resume, writing sample, your general availability, and answer the following questions.
- How would this volunteer internship with OVV help you in your goals?
- What about this opportunity caught your eye (what are you most excited about)?
- How does your education and previous experience make you a great candidate for our open internship opportunity?
After application materials are reviewed, highly qualified candidates will be invited to a telephone interview, and possible written communication exercise. Final candidates will be invited for an in-person interview.
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.
The Division of Arthritis and Rheumatology's academic physicians and health professionals are currently working on a number of clinical trials helping adult patients with arthritis and rheumatic diseases.
We are currently searching for a small pool of volunteers to assist with our clinical trials. Volunteers will be working under the supervision of a trial's Principal Investigator and their research staff. They will gain valuable knowledge and experience
- Assisting with trial monitor visits by organizing information and documentation
- Supporting us with the vital task of accurate data entry
- Coordinating with labs to scheduling patient testing appointments
- Shadowing clinical trial research assistants during patient visits
All while helping to advance our research and improving the lives of patients with arthritis and rheumatic diseases.
Location: Our office is located in Sam Jackson Hall.
Time Commitment: Volunteers must be available at least one half day a week for a minimum of 6 months, though a longer commitments preferred.
Eligibility: This volunteer opportunity is open to pre-medical students interested in gaining research experience prior to applying for medical school.
Interested? Individuals interested in volunteering should send a short statement of interest (no more than one page) and resume to email@example.com. If you have questions about the program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Novel Interventions in Children's Healthcare (NICH) and Improving Discharges & Transitions of Care for Doernbecher Patients: Most Vulnerable Project (MVP)
Psychologists and pediatricians in the Institute on Development and Disability (including Drs. David Wagner, Michael Harris, Louise Vaz, and Katharine Zuckerman) are looking for volunteers to help with two related studies: the evaluation of Novel Interventions in Children's Healthcare (NICH) and the study to improve discharges and transitions of care for Doernbecher patients (Most Vulnerable Project; MVP). Both studies focus on social vulnerabilities in a pediatric population, and volunteers are encouraged to divide their time between the two projects. The projects provide valuable training and skills for those interested in pursuing graduate study in psychology or pediatrics.
The NICH program serves youth with a range of complex medical conditions (e.g., type 1 diabetes, end-stage renal disease, 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. The MVP seeks to better understand the challenges families face when their children have been hospitalized, with the long term goal of improving care and helping the discharge and transition to home process go more smoothly. Our study asks parents and caregivers their about challenges in their lives, and we are looking for research volunteers to assist in survey delivery and medical chart reviews.
Primary responsibilities: Collecting and entering health/medical utilization data (both projects), assisting with literature reviews (both projects), administering surveys to parents of hospitalized children (MVP).
Location: OHSU main campus: Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) and Doernbecher Children's Hospital (DCH)
Eligibility and commitment: Must be a college junior, senior, or post bac. Must be comfortable interacting with individuals with diverse backgrounds. Previous experience with adolescents and families, as well as access to reliable transportation, a plus, but not required. Requesting a minimum 9-month commitment.