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Position Description:

Position Title: Orange County Emergency Medical Services Research Intern

Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:

Orange County Health Care Agency – Emergency Medical Services
405 West 5th Street, Suite 301A
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Functions of Agency/Department:

Orange County Emergency Medical Services (OCEMS) oversees the operation of paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician services in Orange County (population of 3.1 million).  OCEMS is the oversight agency for the Orange County trauma system, cardiac receiving center system, and paramedic receiving centers.  In addition, OCEMS works with partners within the office who are responsible for disaster planning, response, and recovery in Orange County.

A comprehensive database is maintained for the OCEMS operations.  This database is used to manage the emergency services programs in Orange County and to perform research that will directly improve emergency services care to the population.  Areas of particular interest are cardiac care and resuscitation, trauma, stroke care, and specialized areas such as drowning prevention and the use of automatic defibrillators in the field.

Both public health and clinical medicine projects are on-going within OCEMS.  OCEMS has experts in data management, public health research, statistics and emergency medicine.  For more details, please click on the following Web link – http://ochealthinfo.com/medical/ems/

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:

The research intern will be part of the OCEMS research team for the project that they are assigned.  Primary responsibilities include literature searches; data input and management; survey data collection; and organization of data and reports.

Opportunities may be available for interns to present research findings during educational and professional meetings and to participate in the publication of original medical research.

Educational Requirements:

Postgraduate students in public health, public policy, medicine, nursing and dentistry are given priority for the internship.  Applicants in undergraduate public health, social sciences, pre-medicine and pre-nursing programs will be considered when openings are available.

Skills, Training or Qualifications:

Advanced English language and mathematical skills (college level or above) are required.  Applicants must be familiar with Microsoft WORD and EXCEL.

Time Commitment:

Summer placement is preferred, but applicants will be considered for placement throughout the year.

Required time commitment may be a minimum of four hours per week or a maximum of eight – ten hours per week.  A two- to three-month commitment is required. 

Because much of the data used for OCEMS research is confidential medical information, most of the intern’s work will be done on-site; however, literature searches and telephone surveys can be done off-site.  On-site hours may be scheduled Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Benefits Available to Intern:

This internship offers an excellent opportunity for students or recent graduates to:

  • Build resumes and explore career options
  • Apply skills and knowledge to the workplace
  • Fulfill college/university internship requirements
  • Network with professionals who are dedicated to making a positive difference in Orange County

In addition, experience gained through this internship prepares students or recent gradates for a career in public health and clinical medical research.  The intern is also introduced to community based health practice.  Every effort is made to include interns in the presentation and publication of the work with which they have participated.

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