1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center/Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Pediatric Obesity Program develops, delivers, and evaluates pediatric obesity prevention and treatment interventions that are culturally tailored for the population of the Mid-South region. It partners with community centers and healthcare facilities to implement a range of programs. The Healthy Lifestyle Clinic provides multi-disciplinary care for children with obesity through team-based approach (dietitian, exercise physiologist, behavioral psychologist, and medical subspecialists). The Insulin Superheroes Club is a diabetes prevention program for youth that incorporates physical fitness activities with interactive teaching of health-related topics using hands on learning activities. The Culinary Medicine Program teaches medical students cooking skills and case-based nutrition counseling of patients; students then practice what they have learned by assisting with teaching community cooking classes.
One summer internship position is available, with specific assignments to be tailored to the skills of the intern in alignment with program priorities. The intern will assist with research participant recruitment, preparation and delivery of interventions, assessment of outcome measures, data entry, statistical analyses, medical literature review, and presentation of data. Prior experience working with children and teenagers is preferred but not required. Willingness to work during some evenings and weekends is required. Prior experience in clinical research is not required because training will be provided for all necessary skills to perform assigned duties. This internship lasts 8-12 weeks, with start and end dates to be determined.