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1 Training Programs: James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship and RISE Program Marissa Alexander-Scott University of Illinois at Springfield 2012

2 Internships and Fellowships are key More important than ever before in order to be truly competitive for jobs after graduation Application of skills learned in class to real- world public health issues Exposure to key public health officials prior to graduation Gain lifelong friendships with others interested in “making a difference”

3 Two Fellowship programs RISE program for undergraduates Dr. James A Ferguson Emerging Infectious Disease Fellowship for graduate students https://www.kennedykrieger.org/professional- training/professional-training-programs/rise- programs https://www.kennedykrieger.org/professional- training/professional-training-programs/rise- programs

4 Maternal and Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (MCHC/RISE-UP) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded 10 week summer program Research opportunity focusing on health disparities and health equity promotion Under-represented students strongly encouraged to apply, but anyone who wants to eliminate health disparities will be considered

5 RISE details Program starts May 27 th, August 2 nd, 2013 Students travel to Johns Hopkins University for orientation the first week Nine weeks spent at training sites Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University University of South Dakota University of Southern California Closing ceremony is at Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta

6 RISE Leadership Experiences Students select 1-2 experiences from 3 choices 1.Clinical/Community- hospital and clinic opportunities (pediatrics, nursing, psychology, special education, etc.) Also community-based health care to underserved

7 RISE Leadership Experience 2.Community Engagement and Advocacy- formation, implementation, evaluation of health care and disability policy and practice guidelines 3.Research- training in community-based prevention, treatment, and epidemiological studies

8 RISE Perks $ 3500 Stipend Housing and travel costs paid* Opportunity to live and work in different parts of the country different from Illinois Meet public health professionals and key leaders from academia, state, and federal MCAT/GRE test preparation Possible publication opportunities * Subject to CDC funding

9 RISE Requirements and Deadlines Must have 2.5 or better GPA on 4.0 scale Must be a rising junior, junior, or senior OR recent graduate (up to 12 months of program orientation) 2 Letters of recommendation- one should be from professor or department chair CV/Resume Completion of Essays and Interest Questions Transcripts- Official Application due February 14, 2013

10 Dr. James A. Ferguson Fellowship CDC funded 9 weeks Choice of working at CDC Atlanta or at Johns Hopkins Work on projects relating to health disparities – Epidemiology – Laboratory science – Public health policy – Public health education

11 “Fergie” Perks $4,000 stipend Housing on Emory campus Round-trip travel for people living outside of Georgia Sponsorship to attend a national scientific meeting following abstract submission Sponsored membership in the American Public Health Association (APHA)

12 Requirements Must be a full-time student in a medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, or public health graduate program Have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale Must be able to commit to the length of the entire fellowship (May 27, 2013 to July 26, 2013) Letters of recommendation, CV/Resume, Essays, Transcripts Deadline February 14, 2013

13 My experience Spent the first week in orientation at Johns Hopkins University/Kennedy Krieger Institute

14 If you have seen the film “Something the Lord Made”……

15 RISE and Ferguson at Johns Hopkins

16 CDC Atlanta I worked in the building next to this one National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

17 My Project Systematic review Influenza co-infections in African countries Presented information on malaria and influenza at CDC symposium Currently writing article on other co- infections: tuberculosis, dengue, etc

18 Influenza and Malaria Co-infections: A Systematic Review Marissa Alexander-Scott, DVM, MS, MPH (c) Dr. James A. Ferguson Fellow 2012 University of Illinois at Springfield Ferguson Fellow Presentation Review 07/26/2012 National Center for Immunization & Respiratory Diseases International Epidemiology and Response Team

19 Meeting Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC Director

20 Fun side trips in Atlanta

21 What’s Next? Definitely want to work at CDC Applied to Epidemic Intelligence Service- learn my fate in December Other programs of interest – ORISE- Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education – CSTE-Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists – Pathways Recent Graduates Program

22 Any Questions? Feel free to contact me at my UIS I hope you choose to apply for these and other experiences! Good luck in your studies!


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