youth | Summer Scholar in Kansas City, MO

Summer Scholar

  • Mercy Health
  • 1626 Oakland Ave
  • Kansas City, MO 64126
  • Full-Time
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Please read over the project descriptions below, and send Addi Morgan (...@cmh.edu) an email with your top 2 project preferences after applying. Job Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent and 2 years of college in a field related to medicine or allied profession preferred Serving as a research assistant in other environments Taking courses at least at the undergraduate level related to research methodology with a 3.0 minimum GPA Conducting a research study as part of a course requirement Ward Family Heart Center/Cardiology Our group is currently evaluating the frailty phenotype in children with heart disease. The main learning objectives will be setting up and maintaining a research quality dataset for statistical analysis, chart review to identify pertinent clinical data, and interpersonal interaction with parents and patients age 8-18 years, along with interaction with professionals from multiple healthcare disciplines. The student will also participate in the statistical analysis of this data. Developmental # Behavioral Sciences/Center for Children#s Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition # The prevalence of autism in children is increasing, and there is a significant shortfall of clinical providers to support them. The goal of the summer scholar#s project will be to support the development and implementation of a study regarding the feasibility and acceptability of a group-based telemedicine intervention for parents of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. The intervention is based on existing evidence for best practices supporting the behavior, learning and health of children with autism. The summer scholar will become familiar with the program and telemedicine procedures, assist with database development and data collection/analysis, support clinical implementation of the program, and assist in tailoring the program as we move from pilots to a larger trial to evaluate effectiveness.#The summer scholar will also have the opportunity to assist with generating academic products (e.g., poster and manuscript submissions) related to the project as well.# Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine There is a critical need to better understand the impact of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) therapies in infants. Our primary aim is to systematically track and evaluate longitudinal outcomes of OSA in infants cared for at CMKC. The Summer Scholar will develop a unique hypothesis-driven research question focusing on select outcomes from this infant OSA cohort. This project is ideal for a summer scholar because it provides an opportunity to gain first-hand experience with multiple aspects of clinical research including: background literature review, development of a hypothesis-driven research question, understanding study design and methodology, data abstraction and database creation into REDCap, data analysis, creation and submission of abstract for an academic conference, participation in manuscript development and application of results to clinical patient care. This will provide an outstanding foundation for future scholarly endeavors. Infectious Disease/Health Services and Outcomes Research The purpose of the study #Increasing HPV Vaccinations in the Heartland# is to assess the impact of a subtle, behavioral nudge intervention on providers# recommendations for three adolescent vaccines, Tdap, HPV, and MCV4. Parents of adolescent patients will complete surveys regarding their thoughts about adolescent vaccines as well as their satisfaction with their provider#s consultation. Additionally, semi-structured interviews will be conducted with health care providers to assess facilitators and barriers to strong vaccine recommendations, optimal vaccination rates, as well as their satisfaction with the project. # Endocrinology The impact of diabetes on the bone has not been well studied and warrants further investigation.# Summer scholar will learn about#bone physiology and the impact of diabetes on bone health, research techniques, and be able to present data and discuss results. Emergency Medicine The goal of this study will be to describe adolescent JSI in the urban pediatric ED population and examine for associations with high-risk sexual behaviors and health protective factors such as parental supportiveness and to deepen our understanding of how the pediatric ED may serve as a point of intervention. This study will provide a deeper understanding of adolescent JSI in the pediatric ED and may identify associations between JSI and high-risk behaviors. This work will provide preliminary data for further investigation into identifying risk factors for related poor health outcomes and opportunities for screening and early intervention. Curran Laboratory/Children#s Research Institute Cancer patients have a higher risk of complications from influenza, and overexpression of Crk proteins has been reported in several types of human cancer including glioblastoma. Our collaborator has determined the biochemical interaction between NS1 and Crk, and we are investigating the biological significances of this interaction in normal and cancer cells. The student will acquire skills and knowledge in experimental cell biology by understanding hypotheses, performing experiments, analyzing and interpreting results, and coming up with revised hypotheses. The student will also have opportunities to have active discussions about cellular signal transduction pathways and their potential roles in cancer. Microbiology Research Recently enterovirus and parechovirus outbreaks have had huge impact on healthcare system and have received nationwide attention. Student will learn about EV and PeV epidemiology and understand the activity and circulation of these two clinically important viruses in our community. The student will also be exposed to advanced molecular techniques used for any gene detection Gastroenterology This research builds on preliminary data for the proton pump inhibitor (PPI) pantoprazole, which demonstrate decreased drug clearance in obese vs. non-obese children. The goal of this project is to test the hypothesis that obesity-related changes in liver architecture (e.g., increased adiposity) and physiology (e.g., hepatic blood flow) contribute to decreased hepatic DME activity, and therefore reduced PPI clearance, in obese children.Thus, this study presents a unique opportunity for a summer scholar to actively participate in ongoing supervised prospective human subject research, as well as to analyze, integrate and interpret physiologic and pharmacologic data generated by the investigation, which will lead to an academic work product with authorship potential over the summer months. Energy Balance Research Lab/Center for Children#s Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition The Summer Scholar will primarily work on the Marion Merrell Dow-funded research project #Brains, Appetite, Teens, and Exercise# (the BATE Study). The purpose of BATE is to quantify appetite and neural mechanisms of food reward in overweight/obese sedentary youth and to quantify changes following the implementation of a physical activity intervention. EEO Employer/Disabled/Vet# #

Please read over the project descriptions below, and send Addi Morgan (...@cmh.edu) an email with your top 2 project preferences after applying.

Job Requirements:

* High school diploma or equivalent and 2 years of college in a field related to medicine or allied profession preferred
* Serving as a research assistant in other environments
* Taking courses at least at the undergraduate level related to research methodology with a 3.0 minimum GPA
* Conducting a research study as part of a course requirement

Ward Family Heart Center/Cardiology

Our group is currently evaluating the frailty phenotype in children with heart disease. The main learning objectives will be setting up and maintaining a research quality dataset for statistical analysis, chart review to identify pertinent clinical data, and interpersonal interaction with parents and patients age 8-18 years, along with interaction with professionals from multiple healthcare disciplines. The student will also participate in the statistical analysis of this data.

Developmental & Behavioral Sciences/Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition

The prevalence of autism in children is increasing, and there is a significant shortfall of clinical providers to support them. The goal of the summer scholar's project will be to support the development and implementation of a study regarding the feasibility and acceptability of a group-based telemedicine intervention for parents of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. The intervention is based on existing evidence for best practices supporting the behavior, learning and health of children with autism. The summer scholar will become familiar with the program and telemedicine procedures, assist with database development and data collection/analysis, support clinical implementation of the program, and assist in tailoring the program as we move from pilots to a larger trial to evaluate effectiveness. The summer scholar will also have the opportunity to assist with generating academic products (e.g., poster and manuscript submissions) related to the project as well.

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

There is a critical need to better understand the impact of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) therapies in infants. Our primary aim is to systematically track and evaluate longitudinal outcomes of OSA in infants cared for at CMKC. The Summer Scholar will develop a unique hypothesis-driven research question focusing on select outcomes from this infant OSA cohort. This project is ideal for a summer scholar because it provides an opportunity to gain first-hand experience with multiple aspects of clinical research including: background literature review, development of a hypothesis-driven research question, understanding study design and methodology, data abstraction and database creation into REDCap, data analysis, creation and submission of abstract for an academic conference, participation in manuscript development and application of results to clinical patient care. This will provide an outstanding foundation for future scholarly endeavors.

Infectious Disease/Health Services and Outcomes Research

The purpose of the study \"Increasing HPV Vaccinations in the Heartland\" is to assess the impact of a subtle, behavioral nudge intervention on providers' recommendations for three adolescent vaccines, Tdap, HPV, and MCV4. Parents of adolescent patients will complete surveys regarding their thoughts about adolescent vaccines as well as their satisfaction with their provider's consultation. Additionally, semi-structured interviews will be conducted with health care providers to assess facilitators and barriers to strong vaccine recommendations, optimal vaccination rates, as well as their satisfaction with the project.

Endocrinology

The impact of diabetes on the bone has not been well studied and warrants further investigation. Summer scholar will learn about bone physiology and the impact of diabetes on bone health, research techniques, and be able to present data and discuss results.

Emergency Medicine

The goal of this study will be to describe adolescent JSI in the urban pediatric ED population and examine for associations with high-risk sexual behaviors and health protective factors such as parental supportiveness and to deepen our understanding of how the pediatric ED may serve as a point of intervention. This study will provide a deeper understanding of adolescent JSI in the pediatric ED and may identify associations between JSI and high-risk behaviors. This work will provide preliminary data for further investigation into identifying risk factors for related poor health outcomes and opportunities for screening and early intervention.

Curran Laboratory/Children's Research Institute

Cancer patients have a higher risk of complications from influenza, and overexpression of Crk proteins has been reported in several types of human cancer including glioblastoma. Our collaborator has determined the biochemical interaction between NS1 and Crk, and we are investigating the biological significances of this interaction in normal and cancer cells. The student will acquire skills and knowledge in experimental cell biology by understanding hypotheses, performing experiments, analyzing and interpreting results, and coming up with revised hypotheses. The student will also have opportunities to have active discussions about cellular signal transduction pathways and their potential roles in cancer.

Microbiology Research

Recently enterovirus and parechovirus outbreaks have had huge impact on healthcare system and have received nationwide attention. Student will learn about EV and PeV epidemiology and understand the activity and circulation of these two clinically important viruses in our community. The student will also be exposed to advanced molecular techniques used for any gene detection

Gastroenterology

This research builds on preliminary data for the proton pump inhibitor (PPI) pantoprazole, which demonstrate decreased drug clearance in obese vs. non-obese children. The goal of this project is to test the hypothesis that obesity-related changes in liver architecture (e.g., increased adiposity) and physiology (e.g., hepatic blood flow) contribute to decreased hepatic DME activity, and therefore reduced PPI clearance, in obese children.Thus, this study presents a unique opportunity for a summer scholar to actively participate in ongoing supervised prospective human subject research, as well as to analyze, integrate and interpret physiologic and pharmacologic data generated by the investigation, which will lead to an academic work product with authorship potential over the summer months.

Energy Balance Research Lab/Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition

The Summer Scholar will primarily work on the Marion Merrell Dow-funded research project 'Brains, Appetite, Teens, and Exercise' (the BATE Study). The purpose of BATE is to quantify appetite and neural mechanisms of food reward in overweight/obese sedentary youth and to quantify changes following the implementation of a physical activity intervention.

EEO Employer/Disabled/Vet


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