Yale School of Medicine - Colon & Rectal Surgery

Yale School of Medicine is the education and research arm within a large academic medical center. The Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery sits within the Department of Surgery and is responsible for clinical care, teaching, and research on diseases affecting the colon, rectum, and anus. Major foci of the care and research we provide are colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's, ulcerative colitis). 


New Haven, CT

Internship Description

We are currently building out a more substantive research program within the division to conduct clinical trials and observational studies in our patient population. These research efforts offer many opportunities for one to enhance their understanding of how biomedical research fits into the modern healthcare system. Specific methodologies that we employ include complex statistical analysis, cost-effectiveness studies, qualitative research, and implementation science. 

Projects are evolving, and we intend to develop a sub-project based around an intern's interests and skills. Current areas of investigation include: 

  • psychosocial risk factors (social determinants of health) and the impact on complex abdominal surgery 
  • early intervention for anal cancer 
  • cost-effectiveness of colorectal-related healthcare interventions (early cancer screening, surgical technology) 
  • longitudinal assessment of function after major pelvic surgery 
  • early interventions for pelvic floor dysfunction after rectal cancer surgery 

Generic tasks that would fit into whichever project were selected include: 

  • Performing library-assisted reviews of the existing scientific literature 
  • Building surveys and data-collection tools in RedCap and Qualtrics 
  • Recruiting patients for ongoing research studies 
  • Conducting research questionnaires with participating patients 
  • Shadowing clinical teams in operating room, ward rounds, and clinic 
  • Weekly attendance at lab meeting 
  • Weekly attendance at clinical education meeting 
  • Weekly attendance at GI Tumor Board 
# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transit Housing  Format
10 Flexible 7:00am  5:00pm Yes No In-person

Housing Information

We are based in New Haven and there would likely be Yale sub-letters that could be potential sources of affordable housing.

Internship Qualifications

Ideal candidates will possess:

  • Independent scientific writing abilities
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Empathy with patients 

Additional Qualifications

  • Statistical programming language experience (R, Stata) 
  • Database management experience (RedCap, SQL) 
  • Experience with survey design 
  • Undergraduate-level statistics 

Writing Sample Required

  • Please submit a half page single spaced paragraph telling a layperson how they would get from Newark Airport to the front door of Prospect House (no map, Uber/Lyft, or cell phone help).

Special Requirements

  • Vaccinations
  • Preparation for IRB approval and University-access may require electronic training tasks to be performed prior to start of work