Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Student Life at CIRP

cirp@chop student researchers

Research co-op student life at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is anything but a "typical" research co-op or internship experience. CIRP's co-op students become important participants their research activities and see projects through from beginning to end as often as possible. As part of CIRP research co-op student life, they are also encouraged to attend meetings, training, and presentations to become fully immersed in CIRP and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Lindsey Zajac, spent the summer of at CIRP working with the Post-injury Care and Recovery (PICAR) research team. Here is what she has to say CIRP research co-op student life: "My time at CIRP@CHOP was an invaluable learning experience, as it exposed me to the rewards of conducting behavioral research for a pediatric population. Unlike other internship experiences of my fellow students at Bucknell University, my CIRP@CHOP training was unique because I was introduced to clinical, innovative, and multidisciplinary research and given the opportunity to make significant contributions to multiple projects."

Todd Hullfish, a Mechanical Engineering and Biomechanics student from Drexel University, participated in CIRP's Finite Element Modeling (FEM) project. Here is what he has to say about CIRP research co-op student life: "The CIRP experience has helped me want to focus on the human component of engineering more than the product development side and that I want to continue to explore the infinite possibilities of FEM [Finite Element Modeling]."

Read students' blog posts to learn more about their CIRP@CHOP training experience:

CIRP Student Spotlight

Ellie Thompson CIRP CHOPKara Ramos CIRP CHOP
Kara Ramos and Ellie Thompson

Kara Ramos and Ellie Thompson

We started at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) in Fall 2015 while completing our accelerated bachelor’s degree in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. We worked on various projects with Rachel R. Myers, PhD and the Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) team. Our latest project was a qualitative study examining barriers and facilitators to youth-identified mental health needs following violent injury. It was a great experience to code case notes and find various patterns and trends, as well as inspiring to realize the tremendous impact of the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) at CHOP.

We both graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in 2016. Ellie is currently working as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department of Christiana Hospital in Delaware. Kara is in the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program at Penn and set to graduate in August 2017.

We’ve both enjoyed working at CIRP, especially collaborating with great mentors and contributing to meaningful research. We also appreciate the opportunity to build our skill sets and to learn more about our community and its healthcare needs.