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March 22 , 2010
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In this issue:

  • Programs Offered at Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Internships, Scholarships Available
  • Program Assistant Food Safety Position


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Programs Offered at Drexel University College of Medicine

Drexel University College of Medicine offers both graduate-level and career-changer post-baccalaureate programs as well as a number of pre-professional programs. Six of the programs provide an opportunity for students interested in gaining acceptance into a health professional school.

The professional programs offered by the Office of Professional Studies in the Health Sciences include: the Master of Forensic Science, Master of Criminalistic Science, Pathologists' Assistant, Master of Histotechnology, master of Laboratory Science, Online Master of Laboratory Science, Clinical Research Organization and Management, and Certificate of Study in Clinical Research programs. All these programs are terminal degrees and afford the students the opportunity to directly enter the work force in their field of study upon successful completion of the program.

Please email MedicalSciences@Drexelmed.edu or call (215) 762-4692 for more information.

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Internships, Scholarships Available

Would you like to gain hands-on patient experience and participate in a large-scale study of prescription, over-the-counter, and alternative medications? Here's a chance to add an impressive credential to your graduate or medical school application and resume. You could also win a $1,000 cash scholarship.

RateADrug.com is accepting 2-5 students from each university into its PPREP internship program. Interns administer surveys to medication users, keep a blog on their chosen condition of focus, gain marketing skills and experience, and submit a written report on their findings. Upon successful completion of their 4-month internship, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from RateADrug.com and a recommendation from the Medical Advisory Board upon request. The best interns will have their biographies and research featured on the RateADrug website (http://rateadrug.com/Finalists.aspx), and the top intern will receive a $1,000 cash tuition scholarship.

RateADrug.com is not affiliated with the FDA or any pharmaceutical companies. Unlike most other health-related websites, it does not accept advertising from drug companies. RateADrug.com aims to create the world's largest user-generated database of side effects and benefits of prescription and non-prescription medications through 5-minute user surveys and reviews collected on its website.

Wall Street Journal recently cited RateADrug.com in the article 'Living With A Lifesaving Drug's Side Effects" as an online resource for patients, saying "Web sites including WebMD and RateADrug encourage patients to post their own user reviews of medication side effects." (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203278404574412791106176098.html). Mashable.com wrote an article about RateADrug.com, saying, "How do you know what [your] side effects might be? Sure, your doctor will probably explain them and you can read the label, but what do real users have to say? Will it make you see blue, cause indigestion, or simply zonk you out and make you think you’ve been fishing all day? That’s where RateADrug comes in." (http://mashable.com/2009/03/17/rateadrug/).

Sara Estrin, PPREP Co-founder and pre-med graduate from the University of Iowa explains, "Most medications are approved after relatively short clinical trials. The full range of benefits and negative side effects are usually not discovered until months and even years after their release, when feedback from large numbers of patients spurs new research.

'Studies have shown bias in clinical trials in favor of the sponsors of the research—the pharmaceutical companies. Recently, research conducted at UCSF's Health Policy Studies showed negative results of clinical trials, even when found, were often under-reported or not reported at all."

"RateADrug's surveys are designed to uncover a drug's hidden benefits and side effects. We believe our research will significantly reduce the time between a drug's release and the discovery of its full effects," Sara says. "Interns in the PPREP program can make a real difference by contributing to this unbiased study. This will be a worthwhile endeavor for any student interested in pursuing a career in medicine."

To be eligible for acceptance into the program, you must be pursuing a pre-health professions program. Undergraduate as well as postgraduate students are eligible. Participants are selected based on the quality of their application and degree of motivation. RateADrug accepts students year-round on a rolling admissions basis.

You can learn more and apply at RateADrug.com http://rateadrug.com/StuInstruction.aspx pre-professional programs. Six of the programs provide an opportunity for students interested in gaining acceptance into a health professional school.

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Program Assistant Food Safety Position

Title:  Program Assistant (59)
Salary Range:  $11.79 - $13.29/hr
FTE: 1.0 Regular full-time
Funding:  OSURF PROJECT 60015621
Supervisor:  Dr. Doug Doohan

Assists in development of new and revised educational outreach curriculum and support materials on pathogen-free production of fresh fruit and vegetables for extension to the grower community; conducts initial reviews of literature and prepares annotated notes that will form basis for updating educational materials; prepares advanced draft materials for educational programs and completes revision of draft materials in consultation with the supervisor and other technical and outreach experts;  ensures delivery of educational materials through multiple mediums including web-site, social networking, traditional power-point, supported lecture materials, printed materials and poster presentations for Amish populations; provides general support for website management; works with IT team to develop and implement social media outlets for food safety education; coordinates collection and management of data on learning achievements and behavioral change.  Position located in Wooster, OH.

50% - assists in development of new and revised educational outreach curriculum and support materials on pathogen-free production of fresh fruit and vegetables for extension to the grower community

15% - conducts initial reviews of literature and prepares annotated notes that will form basis for updating educational materials; prepares advanced draft materials for educational programs and completes revision of draft materials in consultation with the supervisor and other technical and outreach experts

15% - ensures delivery of educational materials through multiple mediums including web-site, social networking, traditional power-point, supported lecture materials, printed materials and poster presentations for Amish populations

10% - provides general support for website management; works with IT team to develop and implement social media outlets for food safety education

10% - coordinates collection and management of data on learning achievements and behavioral change

Supervision:  Occasional student assistants.

Education:  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education/experience

Major:  Horticulture, or Agronomy, or Biology.

Minor:  Communications/ Information Technology

Experience required:  Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, agronomy, or biology; strong organizational skills; experience and knowledge to review and synthesize scientific literature relative to microbiology and safe production of fruits and vegetables; experience in web-site development and/or management, use of social media and other innovations in communication technology; ability to interact with and support extension county agents who deliver food safety education.

Please contact:

Doug Doohan
Professor
Horticulture & Crop Science/
Agricultural Risk Analysis Program
Phone: 330 202 3593
Fax: 330 263 3685
Email: doohan.1@osu.edu

 

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