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Epidemiology Internship and Fellowship Programs

Training future researchers and clinicians in research methods

As of summer 2017, the Epidemiology Department at Baylor Scott & White Health have had 51 participants in the Epidemiology Internship and Fellowship programs. Of those who have completed the program, 51 percent have gone on to medical school, PhD school, nursing school, or grad school at some of the most prestigious schools in the nation: Yale, Stanford, Columbia, Tulane, etc. Another 20 percent of interns went on to full time jobs in the health care industry, some within Baylor Scott & White Health. Another 20 percent of interns went on to full time positions in other industries.

Epidemiology Internship

The internship program was established in 2010 and provides recent graduates at the bachelors or masters level who are planning careers in medicine or in health care research with hands on research experience through participation in the federally- and privately-funded studies being conducted by the Epidemiology Department.

Interns receive education and training related to the background information pertinent to these studies, data abstraction/collection and management, and the ethical conduct of research. Additional opportunities for development, such as further education in research methods and the development of manuscripts for publication, are available to interns on their own initiative.

Upon completion of the program, interns have moved on to the following areas: research and administrative roles within Baylor Scott & White Health; pursuing graduate degrees in public health and education; nursing school; and medical school.

Pre-requisites

The internship program selects recent graduates at the bachelor's or master's level who are planning careers in medicine or in health care research.

Internship requirements are a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, biochemistry or related fields. Optional requirements are a nursing degree or a master’s degree in public health.

Internship success rates

As of January 2019, we have had 76 participants in the Epidemiology Internship and Fellowship programs. Of those who have completed the program, 48 percent have gone on to medical school, PhD school, nursing school or grad school at some of the most prestigious schools in the nation: Yale, Stanford, Columbia, Tulane, etc. Another 26 percent of interns went on to full-time jobs in the healthcare industry, some within Baylor Scott & White Health. Another 16 percent of interns went on to full-time positions in other industries.

Current Internship Participants

SA

Samantha Adler

HB

Hannah Bartosh

KB

Katie Bell

Nikhit Chimalakonda

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Lana Farra

Tatiana Grajeda

Raven Harding

Gretchen Heintze

Jacqueline Nguyen

Quynh Pham

Lindsey Pond

Henil Shah

Epidemiology Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The post-doctoral fellowship program, which was established in 2013, lasts two to three years, providing a mentored environment in which fellows will develop research proposals, and hone their skills in seeking funding from federal and private sources, executing research projects, and developing manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals.

Pre-requisites

The post-doctoral fellowship is targeted towards early stage investigators who have received their doctoral degrees in epidemiology, public health or a related field. Candidates holding doctorates in medicine or osteopathy are also considered.

Candidates should also have a strong interest in cardiovascular disease, as this is the primary focus of the Epidemiology Department’s work.

Fellowship success rates

We have had two previous research fellows. One received a Master of Science in Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Public Health in addition to a PhD in Nutrition. She is currently a post-doc fellow at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. The other previous research fellow is an MD currently in residency training for cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Oklahoma.

How to Apply

For further information or to apply for either the internship or fellowship program, please email your questions and Curriculum Vitae to BSWHEpidemiology@BSWHealth.org.