Work/Volunteer Opportunities for Medical Students

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Note: Medical students who wish to receive credit for any position should be sure to contact their UME advisor (Heather Peng or Cha Viloria). 

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F. I. Proctor Foundation, UCSF

Student research position, international focus

This medical student will work with researchers at F. I. Proctor Foundation, UCSF, and colleagues at Geta Eye Hospital in Nepal.

This study will compare the number of cataract hospital referrals from communities with female community health volunteers (FCHVs) who have enhanced ocular training versus FCHVs who have usual training in Kailali and Kanchanpur Districts of Nepal.

Increasing cataract referrals through FCHVs is an innovative, simple and cost-effective approach to reduce blindness from cataracts in rural Nepal and can be adapted to address other common ocular and medical conditions. Training and employing community volunteers for our study will empower them and make them better advocates for their underserved communities.

This student will be expected to take the lead on this project, to perform simple data analyses, and to write a manuscript for a possible journal publication. 

1. Bachelor’s degree required
2. Travel experience to a foreign country.
3.  Experience in Microsoft WORD, EXCEL and/or other computer programs required.
4.  Good interpersonal skills preferred.
5.  Ability to work independently and meet deadlines required.

Individual should be ready for travel to Nepal for at least two weeks in August 2014.  Interested candidates should contact Puja Cuddapah at with the subject line “Student Research Position”. Deadline for this posting is July 18, 2014.

Date Posted: July 9, 2014

Jose Ortega Elementary School (JOES) in San Francisco


Name of Position: Teaching Assistant
Compensation: 10 hours/week, $20/hour

Information About Position:
Jose Ortega Elementary School (JOES) is a San Francisco Unified Public School offering Mandarin-immersion and general education classes for K-5th grades.  We pride ourselves on our whole-child approach to teaching and our strong sense of community.  We are currently seeking a science consultant to work with our teachers and our existing science consultant (a former UCSF Tetrad student) in implementing the FOSS science curriculum across all grades and programs. This is an excellent position for someone interested in seeing firsthand science education in the public schools.  It’s also a great pick-me-up after a difficult day of lab experiments; our students cheer on science days.  We LOVE science at JOES!

Job Description:

We are looking for an enthusiastic science-lover to assist our teachers during science lessons.  We utilize the well-established FOSS science curriculum consisting of experiments exploring the physical, biological, and chemical science fields.  A successful candidate will have a love for children and all things science-related.

Timeframe: August 18, 2014 - May 29, 2015, SFUSD School Year 2014-2015

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

•  Work with 4 teachers to determine appropriate experiments from the FOSS curriculum.
•  Prepare materials for each experiment
•  Assist classroom teacher during experimental lessons
•  Work with students in small groups. Guide their work with questioning and check for understanding.
•  Convey enthusiasm for content and intellectual inquiry
•  Emphasize critical thinking and problem solving
•  Collaborate with teachers to enrich curriculum and instruction
•  Integrate appropriate technology to enhance learning
•  Model flexibility in implementing best learning practices
•  Support the well-being of all students
•  Exhibit excellent punctuality and attendance


•  Bachelor's degree in a science field
•  Successful teaching experience a plus
•  Mandarin/English bilingualism a plus 
•  Excellent communication skills with students and adults 
•  Possess the belief that all students can achieve success 
•  Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines 
•  Flexible and energetic
•  Possess the desire and ability to work in close collaboration with a team of teachers

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references via email to Paige Nittler (

Date Posted: June 16, 2014