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Pediatric Anesthesia Research Internship

Mission statement:

To inspire and promote learning and acquisition of research skills in future leaders and clinicians so that they may become outstanding investigators and lifelong learners who aspire to serve the needs of their community and contribute to global healthcare.

Program Overview:

The Pediatric Anesthesia Research Internship Program offers a unique opportunity for students to work on a research project while also training as an anesthesia technician (9-month internship only) or observing/shadowing in the operating room (summer internship). The Program provides clinical and basic science research opportunities to students who are preparing for or are in medical school. Students are matched with a distinguished member of Boston Children's Hospital faculty, and are involved in a research study from inception to manuscript preparation. Both clinical and lab environments provide challenging projects and involve a broad range of research techniques. The Program culminates with a research symposium, where students engage in discussions and present findings on their individual projects in front of their peers, faculty, and Program leaders. 

Year-Long Internship Requirements:

  • This is an unpaid position
  • Currently enrolled in a degree program (preferably graduate or medical school)
  • A minimum nine-month time commitment is required (Fall and Spring semesters)
  • Interns need to be able to commit to at least 20-25 hours a week
  • Students must receive academic credit from their institutions in order to be eligible
  • Applicants must be detail oriented, self-directed and eager to learn                                                                                          
  • Applicants should have an interest in the healthcare field                                                                                                                                                                                     

Summer Internship Requirements:

  • This is an unpaid position 
  • Interns need to be able to commit to at least 20-25 hours a week
  • Students must receive academic credit through their institutions in order to be eligible
  • Because summer internships are significantly shorter than the year-long month internship (described above), summer interns will not receive anesthesia technician training; however, summer interns will have ample opportunity to shadow physicians in the Operating Room
  • Applicants should have an interest in the healthcare field

Training Future Health Care Providers:

  • Work side-by-side  on a research study with an anesthesiologist from Boston Children's Hospital
  • Listed as Co-Investigator with anesthesiologist on the protocol and manuscript publication
  • Observe research cases in the OR/catheterization lab

What to Expect:

  • IRB Protocol development and submission
  • Data collection and database maintenance
  • Manuscript preparation for publication
  • Thesis development (if applicable to degree program)
  • Assist anesthesia technicians for one 6 hour shift per week to experience the OR first hand (year-long interns ONLY)
  • Students present individual talks on their projects in front of their peers and ACRU mentors

Application:

  • Students interested in participating in the Pediatric Anesthesia Research Internship Program must apply online.  The application for 2016 will open in the spring of 2016.

 

To Apply for the Internship Program:

 

Program Director Izabela Leahy, RN, BSN, MS

Program Manager Vanessa Young, RN, BA

Program Coordinator Amanda Whipple, MPH

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