PICS Organization Name
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, New York
Cassandra Crifase '17
The Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein). Einstein is located in the Bronx, NY and includes 2,000 faculty members, 750 M.D. students, 350 Ph.D. students, and 380 postdoctoral investigators. Established in 1953, Einstein houses the Sue Golding Graduate Division of Medical Sciences, which provides advanced study and research training in the biomedical sciences leading to the Ph.D. degree, and the Belfer Institute for Advanced Biomedical Studies which provides an overall entity for integration and coordination of postdoctoral research and training grant programs in basic and clinical biomedical sciences.
The PICS intern will be working closely with Dr. David Lounsbury to support one or more of his on-going health systems research projects. Dr. Lounsbury’s academic work is directed towards implementation of health services interventions and community-based interventions in prevention and control of chronic health illnesses, including cancer, diabetes/obesity, and HIV/AIDS, with a focus on the needs of medically underserved populations. He has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative methods, including survey research, cognitive interviewing, community outreach and engagement, and policy analysis. He specializes in the application of ecologically-grounded social science and public health methodologies, including participatory system dynamics modeling. System dynamics modeling engages multiple stakeholders in the development and validation of computational tools that can be used to examine processes and outcomes associated with a stated problem of interest. Validated system dynamics models are used to conduct sensitivity/scenario analyses that can inform effective organizational, community and/or population level strategic planning and policy formation.
The ideal candidate will:
- Have interest in health systems and health disparities research;
- Have a solid background in mathematics and health sciences;
- Be proficient in Microsoft Office, namely MS Excel and Word, and have the ability to apply technology to resolve problems;
- Have basic knowledge of SPSS, SAS, or other statistical software and some prior experience with statistical data analysis;
- Have strong communication skills and enjoy writing;
- Demonstrate independent initiative and an ability to manage competing project priorities; and
- Work well in a team setting.
An strong interest in the behavioral and social sciences is preferred.
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Meets Certificate Requirement
Yes, Global Health Policy
Intern needs to be vetted by Montefiore/Einstein Human Resources (ON-SITE visit required), which includes a variety of paperwork, a drug test, and completing of an on-line IRB human subjects certification program (so that the intern can assist with human subjects research projects) and HIPPA certification program. In addition, the intern would need to have a physical and provide TB test results (at their own expense) for medical clearance. Unfortunately, Monte and Einstein to do not provide physicals for student trainees. All of this must be completed before the internship starts. Failure to complete requirements in a timely manner may result in rescinding of an offer.
PICS interns can look to sublet from Einstein medical students, if they are looking to stay close to campus.
Having the chance to talk to [clients] about their daily lives and treatment was always a whirlwind of emotions. Depression, drug addiction, extreme poverty, and an array of other complications are norms and not the exception amongst the demographic group present at the clinics. Understanding that breast cancer was not their only problem helped me realize that social constructions are extremely influential in both care and outcome....This internship far exceeded my expectations due to not only the quality of my projects and work, but also the incredible caliber of the researchers I worked with. I gained so much insight into public health challenges and came away with skills and perspective I never had before.
—Cassandra Crifase '17