The Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel's volunteer program is specifically geared towards individuals seeking to improve their resume in their pursuit of an advanced degree in Psychology or Psychiatry (MD). The program involves a 10-15 hour/week, 1 calendar year commitment.
Volunteers will have ample opportunities to gain hands-on clinical and research experience at the hospital through participation in weekly rounds on hospital inpatient units, attending weekly Grand Rounds presentations, and departmental research meetings, and may elect to establish a leadership role on a research project by possibly writing and submitting a research paper.
PROGRAM: APPRISE (state health insurance counseling program for Allegheny County)
DESCRIPTION: program trains volunteers to become Medicare counselors
SCOPE: help clients to choose the health plan that's right for them. Volunteer counselors also answer questions about benefits, beneficiary rights, confusing bills, and extra help available to pay for insurance and medical costs.
PATIENT CONTACT: yes
DOCUMENTS: not defined
OTHER: must have excellent phone skills
6401 Penn Avenue, 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
USEFUL: Internal medicine applicants, family medicine applicants.
PROGRAM: International rescue committee of Atlanta.
DESCRIPTION: Researching physicians, pediatricians and other specialists in order to expand the database of doctors available to IRC clients. Scheduling doctor appointments and support services including interpretation and transportation. Registering clients for Medicaid. Obtaining required prescriptions for clients. Providing general administrative support. Accompanying clients to appointments
SCOPE: coordinating medical appointments, understanding and obtaining medicines, registering for Medicaid, navigating the health insurance system, and addressing emergency needs.
PATIENT CONTACT: likely
DOCUMENTS: not defined
OTHER: Computer literacy – preferably with PC systems. A car and valid driver’s license. There is a strong preference for applicants with experience in the fields of social science, medicine, and/or public health
CONTACT : For more information or to apply, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at VolunteerATL@Rescue.org or 678-636-8928.
PROGRAM: AID Atlanta Inc in partnership with CDC (Centers for Disease Control)
DESCRIPTION: Monitoring, analysis and evaluation of the Mpowerment project (model HIV prevention program that has been specifically designed to address the needs of young gay and bisexual men, sponsored by CDC). References of publication here:
TIME: one RA to begin in July 2011 and another to start in September 2011. Both positions will run through June 2012
PROGRAM: BI-SLR HEARTS Program at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center (New York, NY) is seeking two volunteer research assistants
DESCRIPTION: HEARTS is a clinical research program designed to serve traumatized children/ adolescents and their families. RAs will gain valuable experience working on a grant-funded research project and other ongoing studies.
SCOPE: conducting baseline/follow-up interviews with study participants and therapists, data entry/management/analysis, participating in weekly research lab meetings, and assisting in the preparation of papers and posters suitable for publication
PATIENT CONTACT: Likely
DOCUMENTS: One copy of current resume, Cover letter (clearly specify why you are interested in child mental health research), Names and phone numbers of two references (or letters of reference).
OTHER: multi-year, federally funded grant focused on the dissemination and evaluation of evidence-based treatments for urban children exposed to trauma.
Christopher Branson, PhD
St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (Psychiatry)
Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons