Tuesday, June 27, 2017

 Public Health Student Internship Program

The HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is interested in recruiting students like you for internship opportunities as part of their Public Health Student Internship Program (PHSIP)! 

HRSA’s mission is to “improve health care access and quality, promote best practices, and eliminate health disparities.  HRSA programs serve everyone from infants to the elderly, to assure that people in the U.S. have access to a broad range of essential personal and public health services. With more than 3,000 grantees, HRSA supports hands-on health care, clinician training, research and more.”  HRSA is located in Rockville, MD less than a mile away from Twinbrook Metro station (Red Line).  Click here to learn more about HRSA.  


Internship Details:

The PHSIP is an unpaid internship opportunity that serves to provide career exploration in the federal government, shadowing, valuable experience, and academic credit-as approved by the academic institution to students across a variety of disciplines.  Internship terms are flexible and can vary depending on the needs of the academic institution and the intern.  The PHSIP operates on a rolling and continuous basis, and internships can start/end throughout the year.  There is no application deadline.  Each intern will be assigned to a preceptor for supervision and mentoring purposes.  Interns must be currently enrolled students.  Please visit this site for more information about HRSA’s Public Health Student Internship Program (PHSIP)


Application Instructions:

If interested in participating in the Public Health Intern Program at HRSA, contact the HRSA Strategic Recruitment office at PHSIP@hrsa.gov.  Attach the following items to your message: application form (PDF - 490 KB), resume, and unofficial transcript. Documents in .pdf format are preferred.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

This Is Public Health Grad Fairs

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health will be hosting a This Is Public Health Graduate School Fair on July 19, in Washington, DC. The fair will run from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Students are able to meet with representatives from ASPPH, This Is Public Health, SOPHAS, and over 30 schools and programs of public health.

This will be one of many fairs throughout the summer and fall including virtual fairs. SOPHAS will be hosting a virtual fair on July 11.

Registration and attendance, to all events, is FREE for students! Students can use the following links to register:


Medical Technician Positions: Charlottesville Eye Associates

Charlottesville Eye Associates is a busy Ophthalmology practice with immediate openings for entry level medical technicians. These are entry level opportunities with on-the-job training provided. They are seeking responsible and motivated individuals who desire to work in the healthcare field. Good communication and computer skills required. 

Send resume to the the Charlottesville Eye Associates, Office Manager, Dawn Wright at imanager97@gmail.com 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Summer '17 Pre-Health Common Read: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

This summer, join other Pre-Health Hoos in reading

"Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown,
and her family can’t afford health insurance."

Winner of the National Academies Communication Award, 2011
for best creative work that helps the public understanding of topics in
science, engineering, or medicine.

Stay tuned for Fall 2017 Pre-Health Hoo Common Reading discussion groups!    

Summer Reads for Aspiring Health Professionals

 Excited about the slower pace and freedom of the summer?
You undoubtedly read pages and pages of assigned readings for classes all year long -
now it is time to read something fun, just for you! 

If you are seeking book recommendations for aspiring healthcare professionals, check out our list below. 

1.   The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks -- Rebecca Skloot

2. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Happens in the End -- Atul Gawande, MD

3. An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back -- Elizabeth Rosenthal, MD

4. Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction -- Maria Szalavitz

5. Cutting for Stone -- Abraham Verghese, M.D.

6. The House of God -- Samuel Shem

7. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales -- Olivers Sacks, MD

8. Still Alice -- Lisa Genova 

9. When Breath Becomes Air -- Paul Kalanithi, M.D .

10. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down -- Anne Fadiman 

11. Black Man in a White Coat -- Damon Tweedy, M.D. 

12. Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA -- Brenda Maddox

Tell us what you're reading on social media by using #PreHealtHoosRead!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Student Leadership Advisory Board Spotlight: Lindsey Vu, UVA ‘19

What research have you been involved with at UVA?
Since my first year, I have been a research assistant in the Clore Emotions Lab with the UVA Psychology Department. Initially, I volunteered in the lab for a few months, to gauge whether or not I had a true interest in research. I soon learned to love everything about it – from waiting on the IRB’s approval, to putting in the hours of labor to conduct research procedures, and finally to performing the data analysis. Through this opportunity I discovered more about my academic interests and learned to effectively work with others towards a common purpose.

I am now also one of the research assistants for the Obstetrics and Neonatal Outcomes Study at the University of Virginia Medical Center. The ultimate goal of this project is to improve pregnancy outcomes for all women by creating a repository of maternal tissue samples linked to maternal and neonatal demographic and clinical information. In this lab, I process biological samples, handle electronic medical records, receive direct patient interaction, and obtain unique clinical experience in a hospital setting. It is a sweet deal, especially since I am considering Obstetrics & Gynecology!

How has joining a research team prepared you for a career in healthcare?
My involvement in research has greatly improved my communication skills. I have learned how to speak effectively to a broad population of patients. I also gained time management skills, since becoming invested in a research project is similar to adding another class to your schedule. My private investigator has also taught me many aspects of health care that cannot be learned from a textbook.

Why do you recommend this opportunity for other UVA undergraduates?
I encourage other undergrads to explore research opportunities, because in addition to further developing your communication, time management, and analytical skills, the project you undertake will have a large impact on the scientific community. While obtaining important interpersonal skills, you also have the opportunity to make a difference and improve our understanding of various processes related to the field of study. In addition, some majors at UVA (such as biology and psychology) allow you to conduct research for credit. I highly recommend doing so because research is a fun and interesting way to obtain credits towards your major.

How does one become involved in research?
The first step is to determine which area of research you would enjoy pursuing. Do your own research. Visit the department’s homepage, where you will find links to all faculty members, and read about the research being conducted at UVA. Once you have narrowed down your interest, create a generic email template containing an introduction of yourself, your interests, and your desire to meet with the faculty advisor to learn more about the project. You will have to send this email to several professors, and it may take time to finally receive a response. In my case, it took me a month before I received a response from Professor Clore, but don’t give up hope! Utilize the resources available through the Undergraduate Research Network including UNLEASH.

Do you plan on incorporating research in your future endeavors?
Yes, during my bridge year I hope to continue conducting clinical research to deepen my experiences and understandings of the medical field and health care. I am currently perusing possible research fellowship options abroad. The great thing about research is that your options are limitless because there is still much the scientific community does not understand. There are many unexplored frontiers.

Hello! My name is Lindsey Vu and I am one of the members-at-large on the Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board. I am currently a third-year undergraduate pursuing a double major in Biology and Psychology on the pre-med track. I was inspired to pursue a medical career by the doctors who treated my ill grandfather when I was young. I saw how the physicians were not only able to treat his pain, but also to ameliorate our worries and concerns. This compassionate, humanistic side of medicine truly enticed me.

On Grounds, I have been involved in several service organizations such as Medical Services, Pet Pals, and Relay for Life. I have also held leadership positions with the Vietnamese Student Association and The BIG Event. However, being involved in research is what I have enjoyed the most throughout my time at UVA.

Student Leadership Advisory Board Spotlight: Pouya Pairo, UVA ‘17

Cape Town South Africa Summer Field School
Q: What is UVA in Cape Town South Africa Summer Field School?  
A: It’s a five-week summer program for students interested in public health and medicine. The field school fully immerses participants in a public health project from inception to completion. You will start with a preparatory project, which helps you understand the community and how to effectively interact with community members. As a music major, my preparatory project was to explore the role of music in our township! My teammates and I spent hours going door-to-door asking residents what types of music they listen to!

After presenting the preparatory project, you will be assigned your main project. There are students from many different academic backgrounds, so projects change every year based on the background of participants and needs of the community. Some projects are more pre-health focused and some are heavier on anthropology. I was part of a team of six undergraduate students working on social behavioral effects of chronic illnesses in the community. Our project required a public health and anthropological approach. I have engaged in public health projects in the past, but what made this program unique was the utilization of anthropology to help produce results for some core public health issues.

Q: How did you learn about this program?
A: During my Critical Public Health PHS2559.

Q: What made you decide to engage in this clinical opportunity?
A: I took a J-term course in critical public health. I was quite nervous both because it was my first public health course and a J-term course. The coursework was quite heavy, but within two weeks, I found myself fully engaged in the topic. Towards the end of the term, our instructor introduced the program, and I decided to take what I had learned to the next level.

Q: What did your experience in this position consist of? Can you describe a typical day?
A: A typical day would start with Xhosa lessons. Xhosa is the local language in our township, so we spend an hour everyday sharpening our language skills before going out to the community. Every project was led by a public health professional as project advisor and a local resident as translator. After mapping out the area and identifying our interviewees, we would go conduct our interview which would typically take about an hour. During each interview, we had two teammates ask questions and one take notes. After each interview, we would reconvene to reflect and discuss the quality of the interview. After an hour break around noon for lunch, we continued the interview and discussion cycle until 5pm.

Q: What distinguished this opportunity from other options you might have pursued?
A: I have always enjoyed public health, fieldwork, and in general community work, but I was always doubtful if I could do well abroad. This program helped me realized how much I enjoy fieldwork and community work. In the past, I feared language barrier and cultural differences might get in the way, but we are all part of human race and with some genuine mindfulness we can connect each other regardless of the language we speak or our cultural background. As result, I’m applying for Peace Corp after graduation.

Q: Why do you recommend this opportunity for other UVA grads?
A: The program has an extensive focus on health disparity and equity; this topic is also very significant in many communities here in the U.S. Therefore, for those who are planning to pursue a degree in health or work in underrepresented communities, this program is an invaluable experience. For those who are planning to pursue medicine, this program would help them to establish and maintain a stronger and more meaningful connection with their patients in the future.

Q: How did this experience help to prepare you for your next step?
A: First and foremost, this program helped me to expand my view towards health work in general. It enabled me to identify multi-layer issues around health disparity and choose an effective method of analysis for further studies. In a broader sense, this program made me a better observer, a better listener, and a better teammate, all of which are essential for my future fieldworks. It also helped me develop a greater sense of respect and appreciation towards different perspectives through hours and hours of fieldwork.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to share?
A: Life starts at the end of your comfort zone, so never fear challenge but be prepared!  

Pouya Pairo is a 4th year transfer student in the College majoring in Music. He is the Vice President of Programs for Daniel Hale Williams and has served on the Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board for two years. He is interested in public health and the osteopathic approach to medicine.