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Clinical Research Student Building Bridges

Boston, Massachusetts

Organization Facility: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Category: Medical/Clinical Research Job ID: JR48509 Date posted: 04/02/2024
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Job Type:

Per Diem

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Work Shift:

Day (United States of America)

Building Bridges toward Equity in Psychosis Intervention and Careers (2B-EPIC) is a new initiative within the Response to Risk Research Program of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Psychiatry ( ). This is a 6-month, full time internship program (full time summer or 15-20 hours per week fall are also possible) for motivated Black and Latinx college students interested in contributing to and learning about specialized research, treatment, outreach, and prevention strategies for youth who are experiencing signs of clinical high risk for developing psychosis. This co-op is a great opportunity for students who are committed to increasing equity and access to culturally responsive, prevention-focused specialty mental health services across Massachusetts and who are considering a research or clinical career in psychology, social work, counseling, nursing or psychiatry.
Our department has a 20+ year history of training the next generation of mental health clinicians and researchers in best practices for early identification, assessment, prevention, and intervention of psychotic disorders via its leadership and partnership with the MA Department of Mental Health (DMH) to develop MAPNET – Massachusetts Psychosis Network for Early Treatment ( and M3P - Massachusetts Psychosis Prevention Program (M3P), a new SAMHSA-funded initiative aimed at early identification, assessment and prevention for youth who are showing signs of clinical high risk for psychosis. These programs aim to expand access to high quality, evidence-based care for early psychosis across the Commonwealth. 2B-EPIC aims to build a more racially, linguistically and culturally diverse early psychosis workforce by providing paid mentorship and training opportunities for Black and Latinx students to learn more about research and clinical careers specializing in working with youth experiencing early psychosis or signs of clinical high risk for developing psychosis.
This is a paid co-op internship program that involves a combination of in-person and remote work.
2B-EPIC Co-op Interns will take part in several activities within the department, including:
11. Research coordination for NIMH-funded national studies focused on early identification and intervention for youth at clinical high risk for psychosis (CHR-P)
a. Data entry/ management
b. Organizing and filing study materials
c. Maintaining and updating databases
d. Helping to maintain compliance with BIDMC’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), including submissions and organization of regulatory materials.
e. Scoring assessment data for participants
f. Taking notes at study meetings and sharing updates and agendas
12. Opportunities for direct patient and participant interaction
a. Work one-on-one with clients through the ASPIRE clinic and InVEST coaching study
b. Develop coaching skills by helping clients with their executive functioning through various organizational and productivity skills
c. Attend weekly meetings for patient supervision
13. Massachusetts Psychosis Prevention Partnership and Massachusetts Psychosis Network for Early Treatment
a. Attending weekly meetings and engaging in planning discussions for program activities and events
b. Assisting with data management
c. Helping to develop community training materials and website
14. Community Outreach and Engagement
a. Assisting with planning and organization of outreach events to schools, clinicians, youth agencies, religious organizations, hospitals, and primary care offices
b. Taking part in planning meetings to share ideas for increasing community awareness and engagement with our research and training activities
c. Building and organizing email lists to share events and outreach
d. Designing advertisements, fliers, and community education materials
e. Updating website and building social media presence
15. Strategic planning for enhancing access to racially, linguistically and culturally diverse early psychosis care across MA
a. Connecting with members from DEI initiatives within the BIDMC department of psychiatry, Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Early Psychosis Working Group Culturally Responsive Care Sub-group and others to gather information on national best practices and approaches for innovative, culturally targeted, ecological systems theory-informed interventions to meaningfully address the lack of diversity in early psychosis careers.
b. Working together with individuals with lived experience of psychosis who are part of the consumer advisory board for BIDMC psychiatry department.
c. Presenting strategic plan at upcoming meetings, conferences and department meetings and engaging in a plan for implementation of new practices.
16. Assistance and mentoring of high school interns to conduct outreach and other projects
a. Weekly or more frequently meetings with 2B-EPIC high school interns to provide mentorship on college applications and career planning
b. Working with the 2B-EPIC high school interns to build a community awareness campaign for recognizing and responding to risk for psychosis and reducing stigma related to psychosis and other mental health conditions. Mentoring high school interns
17. Conference planning
a. Assisting with planning and advertising continuing education events for the department.
b. Communicating with conference faculty
c. Providing technical assistance at events
d. Ensuring adherence to policies for providing continuing education credit
18. Clinical meetings and care
a. Attend clinic meetings and rounds for clinical programs treating youth experiencing early psychosis or signs of risk.
b. Sit in on research clinical evaluations and assessments.
19. Mentored scholarly project presentation (options for poster and paper publications for some highly motivated students)
a. Meet weekly with research mentor and peers.
b. Research and propose a scholarly project – literature review, data analysis and presentation of findings at a department meeting.
c. Motivated students who can commit more than 6 months may be able to work towards presenting their scholarly project at a poster session or to submit as a manuscript for publication.
20. Contributing to positive lab culture
a. Taking part in program events and interacting with staff across the program to learn more about different career options in the field
b. Sharing ideas for team-building
c. Helping to recruit and select coop students for the next cycle

1. Self-identified as Black or Latinx
2. Demonstrated of previous work experience – able to provide at least 1 reference from former or current employer
3. Considering career in psychology, psychiatry, nursing, social work, or counseling
4. Excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills
5. Demonstrated experience and interest working with culturally diverse youth and a commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
6. Interest in working with youth with mental health conditions and ability to use supervision and training to learn to interact safely and professionally with individuals whose reality testing, mood regulation, behavior, and/or hygiene may be impaired
7. Proficiency with database management (e.g., excel, redcap) and website development (e.g., using Squarespace or Weebly) is a plus
8. Being a permanent resident of MA is a plus.
9. Fluency in another language (especially Spanish) is a plus.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until 5/1/24. Interested candidates please submit a document containing the following: 1) a one-page cover letter, 2) a resume, and 3) two references (including their email addresses). Your letter should clearly state your relevant experiences for this position.
For questions, please contact .
Interviews for this position will take place on a rolling basis as applications are reviewed.

Job Description:

Essential Responsibilities:
  1. Learns about the process and assists a study team with recruit and enrollment of patients onto clinical trials according to study protocols in association with the PI or study team. May assist in assessment of patients' eligibility for inclusion in a particular protocol based on contracts with physicians and nurses and knowledge of the protocol.
  2. Assists in checking all eligibility and ineligibility criteria with the patients' medical record. Verifies information with clinical research nurse and/or principal investigator.
  3. Learns about informed consent and assist in discussion with patients. Assists with scheduling appointments and follow up tests.
  4. Learns protocol(s) and assists in monitoring strict adherence by physicians, nurses and patients. Reviews protocol requirements with physicians, nurses and fellows. Learns to identify any problems with protocol compliance and notifies principal investigator and/or research nurse. Begins to learn how to independently resolve problems with protocol.
  5. Learns how to extract data on protocol patients from hospital records, outpatient charts and private physician office records in order to complete case report forms required by specific protocols. Enters data into computerized system.
Required Qualifications:
  1. Currently enrolled in High School Program required .
  2. Currently enrolled in an academic program (high school through graduate school)
  3. 0-1 years related work experience required.
  4. Basic familiarity with computers. Ability to navigate at a basic level within web-based applications.
  1. Written Communications: Ability to read, and write in English in order to understand basic safety instructions and take direction from supervisors; communicate effectively with patients, families and other medical center staff; and respond to basic questions.
  2. Oral Communications: Ability to understand spoken English in order to follow basic safety instructions and take direction from supervisors; communicate effectively in basic English with patients, families and medical center staff in response to routine questions.
  3. Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate basic knowledge of fundamental concepts, practices and procedures with the ability to use them in routine situations. Specialized knowledge not required.
  4. Team Work: Ability to interact respectfully with other employees, professional staff and/or external contacts to offer ideas, identify issues, obtain information or deliver services.
  5. Customer Service: Ability to demonstrate a positive attitude and respond to requests in a timely and respectful manner.

Physical Nature of the Job:
Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Some elements of the job are sedentary, but the employee will be required to stand for periods of time or move through out the hospital campus

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