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IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships: Educating, Engaging, and Enlightening Undergraduates
 

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    IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships: Educating, Engaging, and Enlightening Undergraduates IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships: Educating, Engaging, and Enlightening Undergraduates Presentation Transcript

    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Educating, Engaging, and Enlightening IUPUI Undergraduates Brandi Gilbert, MPH Director, Life-Health Sciences Internships March 13, 2009 Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Objectives/Benefits/Outcomes of Presentation: • To present an overview of the Life-Health Sciences Internships program at IUPUI. • To provide a model for other universities and organizations seeking to create a similar program. • To share successes and lessons learned in the first two years. Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships The Life-Health Sciences Internships program connects IUPUI life and health sciences undergraduates with research and professional experience internships on and near the IUPUI campus This program allows students to explore their career objectives and future career pathways, while also fostering valuable professional connections between students and faculty and staff. The students belong to a community of interns and mentors who support one another throughout the internship experience and beyond. Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships • Apply in February/March, Interview in April/May • Up to 50 IUPUI undergraduates per academic year • Start in late August and end in early May • $10/hr for up to 10 hours/week • Community-building events- spend time with other participants in program • Poster presentation event at end of internship for interns to present work- April 9, 2009 Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Types of Experiences- Laboratory Research School of Medicine School of Dentistry Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Types of Experiences- Social and Behavioral Research School of Medicine School of Nursing School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Types of Experiences- Professional School of Medicine School of Medicine Genetic Counseling Program School of Optometry labs Clarian Health Pharmacy Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Standards of Practice: Eight Principles of Good Practice for All Experiential Learning Activities •Intention •Preparedness and Planning •Authenticity •Reflection •Orientation and Training •Monitoring and Continuous Improvement •Assessment and Evaluation •Acknowledgment Source: National Society for Experiential Education. Presented at the 1998 Annual Meeting, Norfolk, VA Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Intention All parties must be clear from the outset why experience is the chosen approach to the learning that is to take place and to the knowledge that will be demonstrated, applied or result from it. Intention represents the purposefulness that enables experience to become knowledge and, as such, is deeper than the goals, objectives, and activities that define the experience. Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships To help students: • Connect with future career and school • Clarify career and academic goals • Interact with future professors, coworkers CTE Priority 1. Enhance excellence in undergraduate teaching and learning and undergraduate research in the life sciences. Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships 1. Interface with existing first-year retention initiatives and with upper class programs 2. Provide first hand, career-related experiences in the laboratory and clinical settings of our campus professional schools 3. Promote collaboration between faculty members in undergraduate and professional schools 4. Provide a continuous campus connection for students 5. Facilitate the work of the IUPUI Human Resources CTE program 6. Build on excellence Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships In accord with the mission of IUPUI as Indiana’s urban research and academic health sciences campus, we propose life-health sciences research internships at IUPUI to both provide career development experiences for our undergraduate students and improve learning and retention in undergraduate programs. This program will integrate the campus’ and University life sciences priority with the initiatives to double teaching and learning, research, scholarship, creative activity, and diversity. Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships There is an existing Commitment to Excellence fund supported Freshman Work Program (FWP) based in the IUPUI Biology Department in which freshman work in Biology laboratories and other disciplinary settings under the supervision of full-time faculty and staff members. This program promotes student engagement with their departments and has had demonstrable positive effect on student retention. There also is a for-credit senior thesis or capstone experience for many majors. Therefore, there is an opportunity to extend the engagement of these undergraduates in the sophomore/junior years and produce a continuum where students work in areas of disciplinary and career interests. Freshman Work Senior LHSI Graduation Program Thesis/Capstone Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Preparedness and Planning Participants must ensure that they enter the experience with sufficient foundation to support a successful experience. They must also focus from the earliest stages of the experience/program on the identified intentions, adhering to them as goals, objectives and activities are defined. The resulting plan should include those intentions and be referred to on a regular basis by all parties. At the same time, it should be flexible enough to allow for adaptations as the experience unfolds. Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Internship Agreement Form • At least three learning objectives and the corresponding activities that will accomplish these objectives. • Discussion of some activities related to the project that the intern can participate in throughout the duration of the internship. For example, the intern can attend meetings that the mentor takes part in, attend a journal club in the field of study, attend seminars, or any other activity that will enhance the learning experience. Mentors are encouraged to attend with the interns but it is not required. The mentor is strongly encouraged to invite the intern to attend relevant meetings in which the mentor is currently involved. • Focus on constructive learning experiences rather than just menial work. The intern should be actively involved. Some busy work is acceptable, but the focus should be on constructive learning. • Set up weekly meetings so that the intern and mentor can review work on a regular basis. Interns should feel comfortable asking questions and raising concerns and mentors should be available to address these questions and concerns. Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Internship Agreement Form During the period of August 25, 2008 to May 9, 2009, the intern will accomplish the following: Learning Objective 1: How this will be accomplished: Learning Objective 2: How this will be accomplished: Learning Objective 3: How this will be accomplished: Opportunities for participation related to internship - meetings, journal clubs, seminars, etc. (you are not required to attend these specific functions, but take a minute to consider the options available to enhance your experience throughout the year): __________________________________ ______________________________ _________________ Print Name (Intern) Signature (Intern) Date __________________________________ ______________________________ _________________ Print Name (Mentor) Signature (Mentor) Date Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Authenticity The experience must have a real world context and/or be useful and meaningful in reference to an applied setting or situation. This means that is should be designed in concert with those who will be affected by or use it, or in response to a real situation. Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships We propose a program in which sophomore/junior students gain valuable experience and explore potential careers through life-health sciences research internships in career goal-appropriate environments. The Deans/leaders of the participating locations have agreed to provide research/professional internship experiences for IUPUI students within the proposed program. Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Locations IU School of Dentistry IU School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences IU School of Medicine IU School of Medicine Genetic Counseling Program IU School of Nursing IU School of Optometry clinics Clarian Health Pharmacy Clarian Health hospitals Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships IUPUI students currently served Purdue School of Science (endorsed by Dean) •Biology •Chemistry & Chemical Biology •Psychology Purdue School of Engineering & Technology (endorsed by Dean) •Biomedical Engineering Indiana University School of Physical Education & Tourism Management •Physical Education, Exercise Science track Pre-Professional •medicine •dentistry •physical therapy •pharmacy •optometry •veterinary medicine Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Orientation and Training For the full value of the experience to be accessible to both the learner and the learning facilitator(s), and to any involved organizational partners, it is essential that they be prepared with important background information about each other and about the context and environment in which the experience will operate. Once that baseline of knowledge is addressed, ongoing structured development opportunities should also be included to expand the learner’s appreciation of the context and skill requirements of her/his work. Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Selection and Interviews Applications reviewed by selection committee Students interview with at least two mentors Feedback from students and mentors Matched with a location LHSI Orientation Safety training Hiring paperwork Details of the program Meet other LHSI interns Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Reflection Reflection is the element that transforms simple experience to a learning experience. For knowledge to be discovered and internalized the learner must test assumptions and hypotheses about the outcomes of decisions and actions taken, then weigh the outcomes against past learning and future implications. This reflective process is integral to all phases of experiential learning, from identifying intention and choosing the experience, to considering preconceptions and observing how they change as the experience unfolds. Reflection is also an essential tool for adjusting the experience and measuring outcomes. Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Monitoring and Continuous Improvement Any learning activity will be dynamic and changing, and the parties involved all bear responsibility for ensuring that the experience, as it is in process, continues to provide the richest learning possible, while affirming the learner. It is important that there be a feedback loop related to learning intentions and quality objectives and that the structure of the experience be sufficiently flexible to permit change in response to what that feedback suggests. While reflection provides input for new hypotheses and knowledge based in documented experience, other strategies for observing progress against intentions and objectives should also be in place. Monitoring and continuous improvement represent the formative evaluation tools. Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Community-Building Events • Panel discussions • Workshops • Informal events • National Student Employment Appreciation Week • Notified of other on-campus events of interest Participants periodically fill out online surveys about program events. Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Assessment and Evaluation Outcomes and processes should be systematically documented with regard to initial intentions and quality outcomes. Assessment is a means to develop and refine the specific learning goals and quality objectives identified during the planning stages of the experience, while evaluation provides comprehensive data about the experiential process as a whole and whether it has met the intentions which suggested it. Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Outcomes and Assessment Criteria 1. Participants will enroll in at least 12 credits for the semester (usually fall) following the end of the program. 2. Participants periodically fill out self-assessments of skills learned; mentors periodically fill out assessments of intern’s skills learned; entrance and exit interviews for participants.  Evaluations during site visits 1. Data collection on persistence to degree and professional school placement. Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Acknowledgment Recognition of learning and impact occur throughout the experience by way of the reflective and monitoring processes and through reporting, documentation and sharing of accomplishments. All parties to the experience should be included in the recognition of progress and accomplishment. Culminating documentation and celebration of learning and impact help provide closure and sustainability to the experience. Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships LHSI Spring Poster Session On Friday, April 11, 2008 Life-Health Sciences Internships held a poster session for the 2007-2008 intern group. 34 students presented posters to over 125 attendees. The 2009 Poster Session will be held on Thursday, April 9. Over 40 students are expected to present posters. Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI
    • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Educate. Engage. Enlighten. medicine.iu.edu/LHSI