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The Center for Healthcare Improvement & Patient Safety is accepting applications for its 2016 Medical Student Summer Internship. During the 6 - 8 week program, the selected candidate will receive an introduction to the field of healthcare quality and safety, and will participate in a quality improvement research project under the direction of a fellow or faculty member. The intern will receive a $3,000 stipend.

Applicants should email the CHIPS Administrative Coordinator, Nafeesah Bunch, a CV and brief essay (one page or less) stating why they are interested. The 2016 application deadline is Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Interviews will begin in April.


Alexander Suarez headshot"My summer experience as the CHIPS summer intern can be broken down into three components: education, research, and mentorship. I had the opportunity to join the QI residents' two day bootcamp in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety gaining exposure to the models and approaches that have been used by companies like Motorola and Toyota and now are being used to tackle healthcare problems. My main research focus over the summer was trying to answer the following questions: After discharge from the hospital, are patients attending their follow-up appointments? Our research elucidated that of the 10,000 follow-up appointments scheduled last year at HUP, roughly 50% were attended, 30% were cancelled, and 20% were no-showed. The obvious question then became, why? We then contacted patients who had cancelled and no-showed and tried to distill down to the find a few key drivers. We took our findings, applied for, and received the Innovator's Accelerator Grant through the Center for Healthcare Innovation. We have turned our work into an abstract that has been submitted to the Society of Hospital Medicine and are in the process of drafting a manuscript. I also had a hand in two other research projects over the summer: decreasing the pain associated with subcutaneous heparin injections and outcomes of a sedation pathway in a pediatric ICU. Throughout the whole experience, I had the opportunity to build mentoring relationships with clinical and research faculty. All of the people who had a hand in my summer from the people in the office to the people on the floor really made the experience incredible!" - Alexander Suarez, 2015 CHIPS Summer Intern


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