Position Available Dermatology research volunteer opportunity at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center

Kaiser LAMC

Probationary Status
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Dec 29, 2008
Attending Physician
Location: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, 1515 North Vermont Avenue, 5th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Mentor: Jashin J. Wu, M.D.
Number of positions: 2
Availability: After July 1, 2014
Duration: 12 months
Deadline: Jan 31, 2014
Interviews: mid Jan 2014
Decision about the positions: mid Feb 2014

Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center seeks a medical student dermatology research volunteer for 12 months beginning in early July 2014 under the direction of Jashin J. Wu, M.D., who is Director of Dermatology Research and Associate Residency Program Director at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. Dr. Wu has over 150 book chapters or Pubmed articles that are published, in press, or submitted, with some of his work published in New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, JAMA Dermatology, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD), and British Journal of Dermatology.

The medical student will serve as a volunteer research associate for ongoing Phase III-IV clinical trials for psoriasis. This position entails operation of the clinical trial protocols (e.g. preparing for patient visits, managing research databases, seeing patients in clinic, collecting laboratory samples, as well as other necessary tasks). As a research volunteer, the student will have the opportunity to work on retrospective cohort studies to study psoriasis patients from the Kaiser Permanente Southern California database that has 3.6 million patients as of Nov 2013. The research volunteer will also have review articles about psoriasis and case reports where they can serve as first author. It is a major priority that the medical student will author at least 10 publications. In addition, the research volunteer can attend the monthly Kaiser Permanente dermatology Grand Rounds.

ACGME frowns upon research volunteer/assistant positions that are guaranteed into dermatology residency, so completing the research volunteer position will not guarantee acceptance to the Kaiser Permanente dermatology residency, but the research volunteer position is geared towards a Match at any program (including the Kaiser Permanente dermatology residency). Two prior research fellows have matched into dermatology residencies, and two are currently in the application process.

Applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. allopathic medical school. Only students who will have completed the 3rd year of medical school by the start of the research position are being considered at this time. Graduates from U.S. allopathic medical schools are not being considered at this time. *Please note that foreign medical students/ graduates, osteopathic students/ graduates, and U.S. citizens who are students/ graduates of non-U.S. allopathic schools are not eligible.

Applicants should send a letter of interest, CV with USMLE board Step 1 score, and medical school transcript to [email protected]. No hard copies, please.