CCPA Summer Series 2019: ReachOut

CCPA Summer Series 2019: ReachOut

By Devi Namboodiri Hey! I am Devi Namboodiri, she/her/hers, and I am a rising junior. In this blog, I’ll go over my internship details and at the end, show in a video how to take some vital signs! This summer, I am very grateful for the sponsorship of the Jaharis Scholarship. Through this funding, I am working at a free clinic in Dayton, Ohio called ReachOut of Montgomery County.  ReachOut does vital work in the community: many people come in seeking more affordable health care which can be hard to find. I joined ReachOut because I wanted to become a part of the process to help people in need feel better. There are many nurses, doctors, pharmacists and training professionals who come volunteer their time for this same cause.    As a pre-med volunteer, I still get to do a lot in the clinic. Our shifts are generally 5 hours at a time, which are during the walk-in hours of the clinic. The first, longer part of the shift is my favorite: triaging. This is a process where the clinic assesses the relative urgencies of treatment for the patients that come for walk-in appointments. This is done differently if the patient is new or returning. For new patients and returning patients that have not come for about a year, the first step is taking the medical histories and records. This is to inform the clinic of any chronic diseases and current medication that might cause complications or cause worse symptoms if left untreated. Next, we evaluate the chief complaint: the reason or reasons for the visit. Next, some measures of a...
Recapped: Tri-College & STEM Recruiting Day

Recapped: Tri-College & STEM Recruiting Day

What an event! Last Friday, the Career Offices of Haverford, Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore hosted a tremendous event in the field house: Tri-College and STEM Recruiting Day. Employers from STEM fields, non-profits, finance, education, and many other fields came to meet and hire Tri-Co students. Students arrived dressed in their best professional attire for morning registration and the career fair. After a brief orientation and an opportunity to take a professional headshot for their LinkedIn profiles, students reviewed the list of employers who had open interview spaces that afternoon. They then made their way to the career fair and chatted with employers to learn more about their companies. If they were interested in being considered for an interview later that day, they would share their resumes. The career fair wrapped up in the afternoon and employers submitted their picks to the career center staff during lunch. The remainder of the day was then dedicated to interviews! We had LOTS of students pick up additional interviews during the career fair, so the schedules were packed! All in all, the day was a great success! Happy employers and happy students make for happy career center staff! We hope to see you next year!...
Winter Break Planning for Pre-Health Students

Winter Break Planning for Pre-Health Students

Winter Break Planning for Pre-Health Students By Jodi Domsky As fall semester winds down, I wanted to share some information about winter break ideas for a variety of topics including spring semester, summer internships, gap year jobs for graduating seniors, and tasks you can work on if you are applying to med school or taking the MCAT this summer. Health-Related Opportunities for Spring Semester Winter break is a good time to look into setting up a clinical or research volunteer position/internship for spring semester if your schedule allows. This link will give you a helpful overview of how to get started. The Bryn Mawr College Civic Engagement Office (CEO) directory of health care volunteer opportunities in the Mainline and Philadelphia area.  In addition, our CPGC Office has an interactive map on their website that you may find useful. Summer Internships  Winter break is a good time to explore options for summer internships and volunteer opportunities. Sophomores and juniors can work on application materials for College Sponsored Internships. The internship that I manage is the Jaharis Summer Primary Care Internship Program.  To be eligible for the Jaharis internship you need to find your own site, and that may take a while. The application deadline is February 17, 2019.  Applications can be submitted even if you still have not confirmed the clinical setting by February 17. If you need more information on potential site liaisons please email Leslie Wood at lwood@haverford.edu. Other ideas are to explore hospital volunteer opportunities, EMT, phlebotomy or hospice training programs, and/or research opportunities near your home. Gap Year Jobs for Seniors There are several events in the spring coordinated by CCPA that you may find helpful in your job search. Register now for the Tri-College Recruiting Day and...
CCPA Summer Series 2018: Engagious

CCPA Summer Series 2018: Engagious

By Madison Sultan My summer at Engagious has convinced me that market research is the career path that best suits my interests. I am an Economics major with minors in Statistics and Psychology, and I am particularly interested in Behavioral Economics–the branch that focuses on the why behind decisions and tries to understand how human psychology can affect what traditional economists may deem “rational.” This background has given me a strong understanding of how to get inside a target audiences’ head and understand how to convince and motivate people. At Engagious, we focus on message testing. Often times, we will show a focus group a video in which an actress will read a script that includes the key talking points that might be given in a political speech, a sales pitch, or any number of other presentations. Respondents have dials that they turn to show on a 0 to 100 scale how interested/convinced/happy they are with what is being said at any given moment. This allows us to then go through every point being made and see exactly which parts are the most effective and which can be improved. After the video, we can then go back and show clips of interests to respondents with their dial results superimposed over the video and ask them why they dialed the way they did. This process is a great way to mitigate memory biases that traditional focus groups would face when they might simply ask a watcher, “So, what did you think?” We also conduct “In-depth interviews” in which we would talk to a member of a target audience for an...
CCPA Summer Series 2018: MKThink

CCPA Summer Series 2018: MKThink

By Kate Silber ’20 I’m not sure I’ve ever introduced myself as a Growth and Structure of Cities major and Visual Studies minor at a liberal arts college without some kind of self-deprecating comment about how my studies are the epitome of interdisciplinary and therefore perfect for an indecisive person like me. But while I joke about my inability to choose a more clear-cut path, I think choosing Cities and Visual Studies has been one of the smartest decisions I’ve made. The business that interests me, that of spaces, places, and the people in them, is anything but clear-cut with all of the layers of experience, context, and stakeholders involved. I’m interested in a career in architecture or something related to it. Even having that general direction has been a long time coming for me. That’s why I’m so excited to have the opportunity to be interning at MKThink as part of the Whitehead Internship Program this summer. MKThink is a small, San Francisco-based firm offering services in “Architecture, Strategic Consulting, and Applied Innovation to create intelligent places.” A small firm with such a focus on comprehensive solutions to problems related to the built environment has been a perfect place for me to interact with a team of interdisciplinary professionals in my field and get a taste of what their work is like. MKThink’s office is located in an historic roundhouse (where trains used to turn around) across the street from the piers that line the San Francisco Bay. It’s an open space that invites collaboration; people are organized across the stylishly refurbished, arc-shaped space with architects on one...