Training Programs: James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship and RISE Program Marissa Alexander-Scott University of Illinois at Springfield 2012 Internships and Fellowships are key • More important than ever before in order to be truly competitive for jobs after graduation • Application of skills learned in class to realworld public health issues • Exposure to key public health officials prior to graduation • Gain lifelong friendships with others interested in “making a difference” Two Fellowship programs • RISE program for undergraduates • Dr. James A Ferguson Emerging Infectious Disease Fellowship for graduate students • https://www.kennedykrieger.org/professionaltraining/professional-training-programs/riseprograms Maternal and Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (MCHC/RISE-UP) • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded 10 week summer program • Research opportunity focusing on health disparities and health equity promotion • Under-represented students strongly encouraged to apply, but anyone who wants to eliminate health disparities will be considered RISE details • Program starts May 27th, 2013- August 2nd, 2013 • Students travel to Johns Hopkins University for orientation the first week • Nine weeks spent at training sites • Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University • University of South Dakota • University of Southern California • Closing ceremony is at Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta RISE Leadership Experiences • Students select 1-2 experiences from 3 choices 1. Clinical/Community- hospital and clinic opportunities (pediatrics, nursing, psychology, special education, etc.) Also community-based health care to underserved RISE Leadership Experience 2. Community Engagement and Advocacyformation, implementation, evaluation of health care and disability policy and practice guidelines 3. Research- training in community-based prevention, treatment, and epidemiological studies RISE Perks • $ 3500 Stipend • Housing and travel costs paid* • Opportunity to live and work in different parts of the country different from Illinois • Meet public health professionals and key leaders from academia, state, and federal • MCAT/GRE test preparation • Possible publication opportunities * Subject to CDC funding RISE Requirements and Deadlines • Must have 2.5 or better GPA on 4.0 scale • Must be a rising junior, junior, or senior OR recent graduate (up to 12 months of program orientation) • 2 Letters of recommendation- one should be from professor or department chair • CV/Resume • Completion of Essays and Interest Questions • Transcripts- Official • Application due February 14, 2013 Dr. James A. Ferguson Fellowship • CDC funded • 9 weeks • Choice of working at CDC Atlanta or at Johns Hopkins • Work on projects relating to health disparities – Epidemiology – Laboratory science – Public health policy – Public health education “Fergie” Perks • $4,000 stipend • Housing on Emory campus • Round-trip travel for people living outside of Georgia • Sponsorship to attend a national scientific meeting following abstract submission • Sponsored membership in the American Public Health Association (APHA) Requirements • Must be a full-time student in a medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, or public health graduate program • Have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale • Must be able to commit to the length of the entire fellowship (May 27, 2013 to July 26, 2013) • Letters of recommendation, CV/Resume, Essays, Transcripts • Deadline February 14, 2013 My experience • Spent the first week in orientation at Johns Hopkins University/Kennedy Krieger Institute If you have seen the film “Something the Lord Made”…… RISE and Ferguson at Johns Hopkins CDC Atlanta • I worked in the building next to this one • National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases My Project • Systematic review • Influenza co-infections in African countries • Presented information on malaria and influenza at CDC symposium • Currently writing article on other coinfections: tuberculosis, dengue, etc Influenza and Malaria Co-infections: A Systematic Review Marissa Alexander-Scott, DVM, MS, MPH (c) Dr. James A. Ferguson Fellow 2012 University of Illinois at Springfield Ferguson Fellow Presentation Review 07/26/2012 National Center for Immunization & Respiratory Diseases International Epidemiology and Response Team Meeting Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC Director Fun side trips in Atlanta What’s Next? • Definitely want to work at CDC • Applied to Epidemic Intelligence Service- learn my fate in December • Other programs of interest – ORISE- Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education – CSTE-Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists – Pathways Recent Graduates Program Any Questions? • Feel free to contact me at my UIS email • [email protected] • I hope you choose to apply for these and other experiences! Good luck in your studies!