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:
- Learning to Cure Chronic Tunnel Vision - Megan E. Fitzgerald, Penn State University
- Leaving College with a Career Plan - Lindsay Zajac, Bucknell University
- Contributing to the Digital Health Revolution - Darshan Donthi, Drexel University
- Use of Analytics Essential to Web-based Outreach - Tyler Chance, Drexel University
- The Infinite Possibilites of Finite Element Modeling - Todd Hullfish, Drexel University
CIRP Student Spotlight
My time at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) began in September of 2015 as part of the Drexel University Co-Op Program. I worked with the Child and Adolescent Reactions to Injury and Trauma (CARIT) team to help prevent posttraumatic stress and to promote optimal recovery in children and familes experiencing acute medical trauma or chronic illness.
Specifically, I have been involved in study enrollments for and distribution of The Cellie Coping Kit, a coping tool for children with chronic illnesses and injury (cancer, sickle cell disease, injury, and food allergy). After my co-op officially ended in March 2016, I decided to continue working as part of the team.
I finished my bachelor’s degree in Psychology in September 2016 and am still unsure about my future career. I currently plan to work for a couple of years and then pursue a master’s degree in Psychology, Public Health, or Education.
My time at CIRP has been an amazing learning experience. I have gained knowledge that I did not have before, which I know I will be able to use in the future. Additionally, my work here has helped me identify my personal strengths and weaknesses and given me opportunities to improve and grow.