Lab Matters Summer 2018 - Page 91

APHL 2018 Annual Meeting Poster Abstracts Presenter: Renee Ned-Sykes, MMSc, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, Phone: 404.498.0125, Email: rin1@cdc.gov Public Health Laboratory Internship with the United States Naval Academy: Experiences of the Inaugural Year M. Vignoles, E. Quaye, S. White and L. Gillis, Florida Bureau of Public Health Laboratories-Miami, Miami, FL During the spring of 2017, the Bureau of Public Health Laboratories (BPHL)-Miami and the United States Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, MD, established a Public Health Laboratory internship for USNA midshipmen with the goals of exposing the students to the roles and responsibilities of the public health laboratory. Following several months of program and curriculum development by BPHL-Miami staff, three midshipmen spent approximately three weeks at BPHL-Miami learning and training alongside experienced laboratorians, partner epidemiologists and county environmental health staff. The USNA interns gained hands-on experience at the bench level as well as participated in guest lectures presented by PublicHealthLabs @APHL APHL.org State and Federal subject matter experts, national webinars and trainings, a tabletop case study exercise and field excursions to witness public health in action. In addition, the interns selected a project and made presentations on their last day at the laboratory. To determine the effectiveness of the new USNA intern program, pre- and post-internship knowledge assessments were performed. An opportunity for final evaluations, including suggestions for improvements, was provided for the interns. The internship was well-received by both the midshipmen and the USNA and plans are underway to host the program in 2018; applications for the internship have increased 167% for the upcoming summer program. Presenter: Stephen White, MS, MLS(ASCP), Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Public Health Laboratories-Miami, Miami, FL, Phone: 305.325.2538, Email: stephen.white@flhealth.gov Public Health Laboratory Internship and Employee Engagement — What the Student Leaves Behind S. Mikorski and S. Robinson, New Jersey Department of Health, Ewing, NJ Overview - The value of a public health laboratory internship program is demonstrated through the benefits derived by students, the laboratory and the department. In tangible terms, this can be measured as return on investment (ROI) of financial input versus outcome. Though, the intangible side of the transaction is where true value can be articulated and appreciated, if not always readily measured. PHEL is presenting its internship program and highlighting the value the laboratory derives through the internship by improved employee engagement; by “telling a story” from the viewpoint of a QAO’s experience as an intern mentor. In the process of developing the New Jersey PHEL’s internship program, four overarching goals were identified: 1. 2. 3. 4. to serve student needs for real world experience, the laboratory’s need for visibility, pursuit of operational and scientific “back burner” projects the employee mentor’s need for professional development. All four goals are met in part through each internship to varying extents. This story highlights the impact of an internship on the mentor. Project: Approached by NJDOH Outreach manager, laboratory personnel were asked to work with college interns to provide exposure to work experiences in a public health environmental laboratory. The initial introduction to QA began with providing the intern a copy of the laboratory’s Quality Assurance Manual. Next the intern shadowed analysts performing various analytical methods. This exposure to laboratory operations led to interactive discussions between the QA officer and intern on how and why each activity in the QA Manual and test performance relate to regulatory requirements. The first consideration for a project was to create a power point presentation correlating to the eleven chapters of the QA manual. 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