An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
April 19, 2003 - Issue 85
Center for Disease Control Needs You!!
by Mike Snesrud - Senior Tribal Liaison for Policy and Evaluation
Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP)
is Eligible: Students in health professions, who are under the age of
44 at the time of graduation; meet medical standards; be enrolled in an
accredited health professional program; have no obligation to other Uniformed
Services or other entities; be a U.S. citizen; be flexible in accepting
assignment by sponsoring agencies or programs; have completed at least
1 year of study in medical, dental, or veterinary school; or at least
2 years of study in a professionally-accredited baccalaureate program
in one of the following disciplines: dietetics, engineering, medical record
administration, physician assistant training, nursing, pharmacy, sanitary
science, computer science, dental hygiene, medical laboratory technology,
or therapy (i.e., occupational or physical); or be enrolled in a masters
degree or doctoral program in a health related field; be expected to return
to college or to a postgraduate training program in a commissionable profession
immediately following participation in JRCOSTEP.
Provides qualified students the chance to gain professional experience
at sites around the country and to introduce students to the mission of
the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) by providing hands-on experience
in the U.S. PHS programs. Students are commissioned as Junior Assistant
Health Service Officers (Ensigns) in the U. S. PHS. Participants work
in one of the eight U.S. PHS agencies. Academic credit for some JRCOSTEP
experience is also available.
Salary at rate for JRCOSTEP, plus travel costs and other benefits.
Positions are available year round for duty tours of 31 to 120 days. Most,
however, are hired for the summer months (June, July, August)
Contact: Call 1-800-279-1605 or 301-594-2633 to obtain additional information and an application package or to speak with a PHS recruiter.
31 is the application deadline for the May 1 - August 31 assignment cycle.
Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program
is Eligible: Students and faculty at 4-year college, universities, and
health professional schools (participating grantee accredited colleges
and universities) with predominately minority enrollments.
Increases the number of minority scientists in biomedical research through
providing special research and training opportunities. CDC and ATSDR programs
function to provide research experiences as a component of the program.
Honors Undergraduate Research Training Program awards grants to highly
qualified minority institutions to provide science courses and biomedical
research training for honors students. These institutions select students
to receive grants based on both their academic achievement and their commitment
to subsequently obtain a doctoral degree in an area of biomedical research.
Most MARC honors undergraduates participate in at least 1 summer research
project at a major research institution.
Honors Predoctoral Fellowships are awarded to minorities who have been
admitted into an approved doctoral degree or combined degree program (M.D.,
Ph.D.) In the biomedical sciences.
Fellowships are awarded to provide opportunities for advanced research
training to selected full-time faculty members of 4-year colleges, universities,
and health professional schools with substantial minority enrollments.
The fellowship will support study at graduate departments and laboratories
in any non-profit public or private institution in the United States with
suitable facilities. Faculty fellows may either pursue the Ph.D. degree
or obtain post-doctoral research training in the biomedical sciences.
Visiting Scientist Program provides support for a period of up to 12 months
to outstanding scientist-teachers who serve as visiting scientists at
eligible minority institutions. The primary intent of the program is to
strengthen research and tracking in the biomedical sciences for the benefit
of the students and faculty at these institutions by drawing upon the
special talents of scientists from other, primarily majority institutions.
Stipend paid by the educational institutions through the National Institute
of Health Federal Grant Funds.
Summer months or academic year.
The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program, National Institute
of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health, 45 Center
Drive MSC 6200, Room 2AS.43, Bethesda, MD 20892-6200, (301) 594-3900.
April 5 and December 5
Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Program
is Eligible: Students and faculty from participating accredited colleges
and universities with predominately minority student enrollments.
Exposes minority undergraduates to biomedical research, thereby motivating
them to pursue research careers in biomedical and health- related fields,
to attract minority graduate students into biomedical research, to assist
faculty at minority institutions in developing biomedical research capabilities
and to enhance the institutions's research potential in biomedical sciences
by assisting in the development of appropriate resources for research
activities. CDC and ATSDR provide research enrichment experiences for
faculty and students as a component of this program.
traditional MBRS Program offers research opportunities through support
of: 1) faculty-initiated, scientifically meritorious, biomedically relevant
research projects in which students participate; 2) student participation
in ongoing projects of MBRS Associate Investigators; 3) biomedical research
seminars; and 4) consortium activities, such as collaboration between
2-year colleges or Indian reservations and nearby colleges, universities,
or laboratories with established investigators and developed research
Stipend paid by the educational institution through the National Institute
of Health Federal Grants Funds.
Summer months or academic year.
The Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Program, National Institute
of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health, 45 Center
Drive MSC 6200, Room 2AS.37, Bethesada, MD 20892-6200, (301) 594-3900.
February 1, June 1, and October 1.
Ferguson Fellowship/National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID)
is Eligible: Students attending Association of Minority Health Professions
Schools (AMHPS) member schools, and medical and veterinary students from
American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic Serving Institutions are eligible.
AMHPS members include Charles R. Drew, University of Medicine and Science;
Florida A & M University, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences;
Howard University, College of Dentistry, College of Medicine, College
of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Meharry Medical College, School
of Medicine, School of Dentistry; Morehouse School of Medicine; Texas
Southern University, College of Pharmacy and Health Science; Tuskegee
University, School of Veterinary Medicine; Xavier University of Louisiana,
College of Pharmacy.
Provides opportunities for minority students to learn about the activities
of the NCID in order to influence these students to consider careers in
the disciplines needed by the NCID. Students are recruited and selected
on the basis of recommendations provided by their professors and institutional
representatives at each school. The selection criteria includes grade
point average, letters of recommendation, submission of completed application
and interests in infectious disease prevention research. At the end of
the training program, students are required to give a formal presentation
of their work, complete with slides and other aids, and to submit a written
Stipend of $4,000.
Full-time for 8 weeks during the summer.
The Minority Health Professions Foundation at (404) 634-1993.
Carolina State Fellows Program
is Eligible: Fellows from the North Carolina State University.
The goal of the North Carolina State Fellows Program is to accelerate
the personal development of exceptional students who exhibit leadership
potential by exposing them to a variety of individuals and experiences
that they would or ordinarily encounter until after graduation. Each year
15 to 20 freshmen are chosen based on information provided on applications
and interviews by a group of community, business leaders and faculty to
participate in the program.
program provides training and development opportunities and experience
to fulfill its goal. The program primarily consists of five elements:
1) a close association between the fellow and a selected faculty member;
2) exposure to a work environment through summer internships; 3) seminars
and courses designed to improve leadership skills; 4) informal meetings
with business, governmental, and professional leaders; and 5) a close
association with other fellows.
Stipend from the North Carolina State University.
Full-time during the summer.
North Carolina State University, Division of Student Affairs at (919)
is Eligible: Individuals who have a bachelors degree and graduated with
a 3.45 grade point average or higher, based on a 4.0 scale for all completed
undergraduate course work; or have graduated in the upper ten percent
of their class or major university subdivision.
The Outstanding Scholar Provision was created as the result of the Luevano
Consent Decree which provided for the elimination of under representation
of Blacks and Hispanics in specific occupations (through development of
examining procedures that would be consistent with the provisions of Title
VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as amended). Through the decree, the
courts provided agencies a mechanism to non- competitively hire college
graduates with GPAs of 3.45 or above into permanent, entry-level competitive
service jobs at the GS-5/7 levels.
appointments may only be made in specific occupations previously covered
under the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's Administrative Careers
with America (ACWA). These occupations include: Health, Safety and Environmental
Occupations; Writing and Public Information Occupations; Business, Finance
and Management Occupations; Personnel, Administration and Computer Occupations;
and Law Enforcement and Investigation Occupations.
CDC Job Information Center at (770) 488-1725.
Management Intern (PMI) Program
is Eligible: Individuals who have received a master's degree from a variety
of academic disciplines and have a clear interest in and commitment to
a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs.
Presidential Management Intern (PMI) finalists are selected by the U.S.
Office of Personnel Management (USOPM). Finalists are referred to Federal
agencies for selection.
All interns are expected to develop competencies in managerial and technical
tracks which will prepare them for their target position. All interns
should develop competencies in 3 of 5 technical areas which include: 1)
budget and financial management; 2) management or program analysis; 3)
personnel management; 4) information systems; and 5) procurement of grants
management. In addition, all interns are expected to develop competencies
in the following managerial areas: 1) communication; 2) interpersonal
skills; 3) group behavior; and 4) planning and organization. These competencies
can be developed through a variety of methods including rotational assignments,
classroom training, conferences, discussion groups, career counseling
and other activities. An individual development plan (IDP) which describes
technical area learning objectives and how they will be accomplished must
be developed. An individual learning agreement (ILA) which describes managerial
area learning objectives and how they will be accomplished must also be
developed. These two documents may be combined.
All PMIs new to the Federal service enter at GS-9, Step 1 grade level.
Interns may be eligible for promotion to the GS-11 grade level after completing
1 year as a PMI, and to the GS-12 grade level after completing the second
Selectees receive a 2-year excepted service appointment to positions in
a variety of occupations. At the successful conclusion of the internship,
interns may be noncompetitively converted to career conditional or career
appointments in the competitive service.
Contact: Applications for the PMI Program will be mailed to graduate schools in early September. Students interested in obtaining a PMI application should contact the head of their graduate program or placement office. PMI applications can also be obtained by calling the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) USA Jobs by Phone at (478) 757-3000.
Deadline: The PMI application must be completed, postmarked by October 31st.
Health Informatics Fellowship Program
is Eligible: Individuals with a public health background and a strong
interest and/or experience in computer systems; OR prior training and/or
experience in informatics/information systems and an interest in applying
that knowledge in the public health arena.
educational credentials include: a masters degree (or doctorate) in a
relevant discipline, such as statistics, epidemiology, computer science,
or health services research; OR primary care physician/dentist/veterinarian
with background or education in public health/disease state management/risk
management or computer science, and demonstrated interest in health information
systems/informatics; OR M.D., D.O. D.D.S., D.M.D., D.V.M., completing
a residency in preventive medicine; OR health-care executive with graduate
or professional degree, appropriate background (disease state management,
risk management) and demonstrated interest and potential in public health
who have completed their training within the past 3 years are preferred.
Modern public health practice involves the increasingly sophisticated
electronic systems with functions in areas such as automated reporting
of notifiable conditions, rapid dissemination of data from public health
surveillance and outbreak investigations, and expeditious access to prevention
and practice guidelines. There is particularly strong need for development
of networked systems to facilitate communication and interaction among
public health personnel at all levels (local, state, and federal) and
data interchange between the domains of clinical practice and public health.
Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program at CDC/ATSDR provides a unique
training opportunity for professionals interested in this evolving field.
Fellowship participants are trained both in informatics and in public
health. This experience equips them to guide the development, evaluation,
and implementation of new public health surveillance and information systems,
as well as the adaptation and support of existing ones.
are assigned to project teams involved in both research and development
of informatics systems and concepts crucial to the support of CDC/ATSDR's
mission of preventing disease and injury. Fellows are expected to work
cooperatively with their teams and are given lead responsibility for one
or more projects during the 2-year fellowship.
A monthly stipend is paid to each fellow based on years of experience,
education, and other qualifications. The monthly stipend is $1,850 - $2,935
for those with a masters degree and $2,405 - $3,600 for those with doctoral
degrees. Each fellow is responsible for paying travel expenses to and
from the program site. If official travel is required during the fellowship,
the program sponsoring the fellow will reimburse for air fare, per diem,
and miscellaneous expenses. The sponsoring program also pays for the fellow
to attend two professional conferences each year.
2-years beginning each July. Fellows are placed with a CDC program office
in the Atlanta area, or, potentially, at other locations.
Debbie Alcorn, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE),
P.O. Box 117, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-0117, telephone: (865) 576-3428.
Deadline: December 1.
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