AHEC Summer Observership

Program Overview:

The AHEC Primary Care Summer Observership offers first-year IUSM medical students 4-and 8-week preclinical primary care opportunities across the state. These experiences give students a deeper understanding of rural and urban health care, caring for underserved populations, the importance of safety-net organizations and the challenges and rewards of this work and setting.

The AHEC Primary Care Summer Observership pays a stipend of $1500 for a 4-week experience and $3000 for an 8-week experience. Applicants should indicate on the application cover page their preference for either a 4-week or 8-week experience with the understanding that these are only preferences.

Applicants must have their own transportation and housing in the area/s where they apply. Housing is NOT provided. Applicants should indicate on the application cover page those counties that would be within driving distance given his/her housing situation.

This is a competitive application process with selection based on experience, interest in underserved populations, and flexibility in placement location.

Why is health services research important?

The work of health services investigators contributes to the science of translation and practical application, and helps original research findings make a successful journey from scientific evidence to sustainable, wide scale implementation.

Student Observership Student Experience:

Participants in the AHEC Primary Care Summer Observership will:

  1. Observe primary care physicians and other health care clinicians caring for rural or urban medically underserved populations;
  2. Explore the network of community social service agencies that complement the work of primary care physicians in rural and urban settings; and,
  3. Design and develop a project to improve patient education in the clinical setting.

Three days per week will be spent with primary care providers in an ambulatory setting to a) learn the role of the primary care physicians and interdisciplinary teams as providers of health care in medically underserved settings; b) observe dynamics of doctor-patient relationship and workings of interprofessional teams; and c) gain practical experience on how to elicit a patient history and gain basic understanding of the physical examination.

One day per week students will explore the network of community social service agencies that complement the work of primary care physicians in rural and urban settings. Students will become aware of the various safety net providers through site visits and interviews. It is the student’s responsibility to identify and contact agencies.

One day per week students will identify, define, research and develop a patient education project that can be delivered and implemented in the clinic setting. Once completed, students will create a poster detailing selected intervention. It is the student’s responsibility to develop and complete the project.

Application Process:

The application deadline for the AHEC Summer Observership is February 2, 2018. To apply for the AHEC Summer Observership, fill out the RedCap application form and submit. The form will allow you to save and return to your application until you are ready to submit for review.

Contact Information:

For additional information about the program, please contact ahec@iupui.edu.

Community Health and Engagement Medical Student Internship

Program Overview:

The Medical Student Internship Program in Community Health + Engagement is designed to help medical students develop the skills needed to partner with patients and community members to address pressing health research questions. This program will help students understand the methods and tools of community and patient engagement and apply those tools to a practicum project.

Community Health Partnerships (CHeP) is a program of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) which was founded in 2008 and currently represents a partnership network of over 600 stakeholders statewide. The mission of CHeP is to improve the health of Indiana residents through community-university partnerships. We believe it takes both research and community to understand what health improvement looks like and how it can be made a reality.

It is critically important for medical students interested in research to understand the value of partnering with community and patients in addressing our greatest health challenges such as health justice and equity. Partnering with communities and patients requires specific tools and approaches to create novel and sustainable solutions to these challenges. Medical professionals are critically important stakeholders to be a part of, and possibly, lead this charge.

Structure of Internship:

Interns will be assigned faculty mentors based on the intern’s interest and faculty/research project availability. CHeP will partner students with faculty across the state affiliated with the IU School of Medicine as well as the IU Bloomington and Fairbanks Schools of Public Health and other allied health sciences faculty at IU campuses, Purdue and Notre Dame. Interns will be expected to dedicate a minimum of 8 weeks to the project. There will be tracks for both part-time (~20 hours/week) and full-time (40 hours/week) positions. Students will be required to attend a weekly community health engagement group sessions with other students involved in this track to reflect on experience. In addition, during this weekly meeting time, faculty mentors will rotate to lead a journal club/structured readings discussion focused on key articles relevant to community engagement methods and/or projects. As a culmination to the summer experience, each intern will be expected to produce a product such as an abstract and a poster presentation (or equivalent which may be most relevant to the student and/or faculty/mentor) that reflects the intern’s involvement in the project. There will be a possibility in some cases to collaborate in an ongoing basis to produce other academic products such as presentations for national meetings and publications, depending on the project and interest/involvement of the intern. MD/MPH candidates are encouraged to apply.

Faculty Research Interest
Aaron Sayegh, PhD, IU-Bloomington My interests include HIV/STI research, Reproductive Epidemiological investigations, and Adolescent/ Maternal and Child Health issues (e.g., nutrition, obesity, prenatal care, testing etc.). Specifically, my research focuses on understanding the potential linkages among intra-psychic and social psychological constructs and risk behaviors and the use of biomedical markers of those risk behaviors. My research centers on adolescent and pediatric populations.
Amy Lewis-Gilbert, JD, MPH, IUSM My research lies at the intersection of law, medicine, public health and ethics – and my specific interests include utilization of the clinical environment as a point of preventive legal intervention for addressing health disparities, the impact of confidential consultation on adolescent health outcomes, and the law and ethics of adolescent participation in biomedical research among high-risk populations.
Deb Litzelman, MD, IUSM WeCare Indiana is a program designed to reduce the risk factors for infant mortality through a combination of two way SMS messaging (text messages) and health coaching.
Dennis Savaiano, PhD, Purdue Community Health Coalitions (CHC) have been used extensively to supplement public health policy approaches. A major barrier to CHCs impacting community health is sustaining effective partnerships and activities. CHC effectiveness is often evaluated via short-term process indicators, rather than distal outcomes such as policy, systems, and environment changes or health improvements. Further, CHC evaluation tools are seldom tested for validity and/or reliability, which limits comparability across programs and geographic sites and our understanding of the underlying mechanisms for successful health promotion partnerships. Our group is currently developing a mixed-methods evaluation tool, cross-validating effectiveness indicators and county-level health statistics with Social Network Analysis indices to inform best practices for future CHCs programming and evaluation
Gabe Fillipelli, PhD, IUPUI My community-engaged research involves partnerships with several local organizations to help them understand, map out, and eliminate sources of lead in the community.
Jennifer A. Piatt, PhD, CTRS, IUSM My work focuses on addressing clinical outcomes for adults and children with disabling conditions within community-based rehabilitation. I use research in recreational therapy (RT) as a public health initiative to better understand how different interventions can address secondary health conditions, improve health outcomes, and decrease health care costs. My research is grounded in the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). As a bio-psycho-social model, the ICF provides a conceptual framework that examines health within a variety of contexts, including personal and environmental factors, body functions and structure, as well as activity and participation. Utilizing both qualitative and quantitative methods, I examine how human behavior impacts participation. My overarching goal is to better understand what type of public health initiatives within the realm of RT have a positive impact on health outcomes among adults and children with disabling conditions within community-based rehabilitation settings.
Jerimiah Jaggers, PhD IUPUI Dr. Jaggers’ research focuses on justice system involvement, child welfare, and mental illness in adolescents and transitional aged youth. He is currently working on multiple projects including a) examination of health service use patterns in former foster youth, b) development and testing of an instrument to measure attitudes about sex offenders, and c) integration of machine learning into social sciences research.
Kathi Ridley-Merriweather, Communication and Minority Outreach Coordinator The Komen Tissue Bank (KTB) is the only biobank in the world that collects healthy breast tissue to be used by researchers around the world in projects focused on breast cancer prevention and treatment. We are part of the IU Simon Cancer Center, the IU School of Medicine, and are ourselves a clinical trial. The lead for this internship is the Communications and Minority Outreach Coordinator, who focuses on community engagement, education, and recruitment for purposes of increasing the participation of minority women to the study.
Leslie Hulvershorn, MD, IUSM The student will experience and help execute all facets of recruiting and carrying out front-line and behind-the-scenes responsibilities of the “Risky Decision Making” brain imaging study for children within the Department of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Section.
Lisa Staten, PhD, Fairbanks School of Public Health, IUPUI Study the correlation between social capital and health of individuals/ families. This would most likely be an observational study of the current situation with the potential to set up a long-term study looking at the changes over time.
Nerissa Bauer, MD, IUSM As a behavioral pediatrician and health services researcher, I use patient and community engagement, and implementation science methods to develop and implement interventions around pediatric ADHD, anxiety and parenting. I currently have projects relating to the following topics: (1) improving the quality of life for families of children with ADHD; and (2) helping mothers with postpartum depression. Engaging stakeholders (e.g. patients, families, clinicians and community members) throughout all phases of our work helps ensure that solutions are meaningful and useful and will be implemented in clinic or community settings to affect patient and family level outcomes.
Tamara Hannon, MD, IUSM I am a physician scientist with clinical and translational research expertise in childhood obesity and the pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention of type 2 diabetes in youth. My research program involves primary and secondary prevention of type 2 diabetes, and the development of interventions to improve self-care in adolescents with obesity, prediabetes, and diabetes.

Application Process:

Applications are due on January 29, 2018. To apply for the Community Health and Engagement Medical Student program, fill out the RedCap application form. You will be able to save and return to your application until you are ready to submit for review.

Contact Information:

For additional information about the program, please contact imprs@iupui.edu

IUSM-Evansville Academic Medicine Internship

Program Overview:

IUSM in Evansville has an academic medicine internship for summer 2017. The program is designed for MS1 students wishing to explore medical education as a potential career path.

Structure of Internship:

Interns will work with faculty mentor at IUSM-Evansville for a duration of 8-weeks involved in data summarization and analysis, literature review, generating graphical display of results, and drawing conclusions. There will be opportunities for presentation and publication with involvement extending beyond summer 2017.

Financial Support:

A total stipend of $3,820 for eight weeks.

Faculty/Mentor and Research Project:

Mari Hopper, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Project Title: Assessing Student Engagement, Critical Thinking Proficiency, and Content Mastery During the First and Second Year of Medical School – A Comparison Between the Legacy and Newly Developed Integrated Curricula

Description: The National Research Council, the American Association for Advancement of Science, and the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) have all called for reform urging educators to more actively engage students in the learning process. Based upon reports in the literature, general thought is that active learning more effectively engages students and enhances development of critical thinking and analysis.

Calls for reform have led the IU School of Medicine to revise the curriculum to more effectively engage students. The new curriculum, launched in the fall semester of 2016, mandates at least 50% of course contact time be spent in “active learning.” In order to examine the effectiveness of curricular reform, Dr. Hopper’s study intends to: 1. Assess levels of student engagement and critical thinking proficiency in the first and second years of medical school to determine if either of these parameters improve from year one to year two; 2. Assess levels of student engagement and critical thinking proficiency in the first and second years of medical school to determine if either of these differs between students enrolled in the “Legacy” curriculum and the newly developed “active learning” curriculum; 3. Determine if either/both level of student engagement and critical thinking proficiency are related to step one board scores.

Application Process:

Please contact Dr. Hopper directly by email and include a cover letter and CV/resume. In the cover letter, be sure to include why you are applying for this summer opportunity, what are your goals for the experience and indicate your time constraints for summer 2018. Deadline is February 1, 2018.

Contact Information:

Mari K. Hopper, PhD
Assistant Professor of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Indiana University
School of Medicine-Evansville
Office: (812) 461-5437

Greater Lafayette Primary Care Scholar

Program Overview:

The Greater Lafayette Primary Care Scholar is a program with primary care physicians in rural and urban areas with exposure to medically underserved populations with stipend of $2,000. The scholar will have the opportunity to complete a project with the broad goal of studying, devising, and implementing one or more process improvements that improve medical care. No housing is provided and applicants must have their own transportation. The dates are arranged with the preceptor. The number of opportunites for 2018 has not yet been determined.

Student Eligibility:

Preference is for West Lafayette campus students. West Lafayette campus students are provided application materials in November with a due date of January 12, 2018. Applicants from other campuses may request an application from Ray Munguia, MD, PhD at rmunguia@purdue.edu.

Contact Information:

For additional information, please contact Dr. Ray Munguia at rmunguia@purdue.edu.