Monthly Archives: August 2019

New EPI Social Media Team: Haley Adrian & Jazib Gohar

Category : #IamEmoryEPI

The Confounder is excited to announce our new Social Media Team: 2nd year students Haley Adrian (Instagram: @rollinsepilife) and Jazib Gohar (Twitter: @EmoryEPI)!

This week, we sat down with the new team to learn about their interest in epidemiology, social media, and much more! 

What makes you interested in social media and how does epidemiology fit into that interest?

  • Haley: I am thrilled to be representing the Department of Epidemiology on Instagram. I have always had an interest in using social media as a platform for general communication, information sharing, and media creation. On top of running a few personal Instagram accounts, I also played a role in content creation for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. Program, which I was a Health Communication and Program Evaluation Assistant.
  • Jazib: I am so excited to be representing the Epidemiology Department on Twitter. I’ve always loved using Twitter for so many different reasons, spanning from news or current events, to sports scores and updates, to academic dialogue and conversation. I think Twitter has so much untapped potential with peers of our age group, particularly in scholarly engagement. I’m excited to explore academic Twitter and engage my peers with our the @EmoryEPI account!

Tell us about your research interests and career goals.

  • Haley: Primarily, my career interest lies in healthcare consulting. I had the privilege of working as a Healthcare Finance Intern with Dixon Hughes Goodman (DHG) this summer, and plan to pursue a career with the firm during the school year and after graduation. Throughout this summer, I was responsible for senior living clients’ market research, penetration rate databases for independent living and assisted living communities, and our actuarial study database. Tangibles produced during my internship included client market area analyses used for our feasibility studies, a regional graphic of the United States showing penetration rate distribution among of clients’ communities, a cleaned and revamped actuarial study database used for internal purposes, and a capstone presentation summarizing both my experience for the firm and Risk Capability (a firm industry point-of-view). My experience with DHG confirmed my interest in the industry, as well as my career plan.
  • Jazib: My career interests revolve around Cancer Epidemiology, specifically in the field of Social Epigenomics. I am interested in understanding the role that social factors, such as race, socioeconomic status, and diet, play in cancer outcomes by studying their association with DNA methylation in malignant tumor tissue. I hope to pursue my PhD in Epidemiology after my time at Rollins.

What do you like to do outside of epidemiology?

  • Haley: My personal interests include working out, spending time with my friends and family, and playing with my dog. I love to be outside, travel, and try new foods. 
  • Jazib: Outside of academic interests, I love sports and music. I’m an avid Chicago and Northwestern sports fan, and I often try to attend concerts whenever I have the time! I also enjoy craft beer, and always try to sample flights at local breweries.

Follow Jazib on Twitter @EmoryEPI and Haley on Instagram @rollinsepilife


Emory University Sleep Symposium, Nov 1

Category : News/Events

The Symposium aims to present perspectives on the future of sleep research and education and to facilitate collaborations on sleep and related fields across the Emory community. The Symposium will feature talks by research leaders from outside and inside the Emory community, luncheon, a poster session, and late afternoon reception.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Charles Czeisler
Baldino Professor of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School


Contact information for EUSleep (and/or to be on mailing list):
Julian Rodriguez (julian [dot] andres [dot] rodriguez [at] emory [dot] edu)
Becca Ryan (becca [dot] e [dot] ryan [at] emory [dot] edu)


Assistant Epidemiologist

Category : Alumni

Under limited supervision, the epidemiologist would have knowledge of advanced statistical methods to analyze, develop, implement, and promote new and creative strategies and solutions to address public health issues and challenges in a clinical research environment. Designs, manages, and evaluates large, state-level (group-randomized) controlled trial. Thoroughly understands and executes study protocols and procedures to ensure accurate and consistent collection of data. Provides technical expertise and advice on study design and data analysis using a variety of statistical methods. May provide assistance with interpretation of statistical analysis for peer review. Contributes to grant proposals, protocols, data analysis plans and management, reports, manuscripts, and presentation of study findings. May participate in peer-reviewed manuscript authorship and occasional travel to scientific conferences. Supervises research trainees by orienting, and training. Performs related responsibilities as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A master’s degree in public health (epidemiology) or related research intensive field from an accredited school. At least one year of related experience, which could be classified as fellowships, research assistantships, or part-time research activities, is preferred.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:Knowledge of advanced statistical methods to analyze, develop and implement strategies to address chronic health issues and quality of life related to the public health issue of the population with Congenital Heart Diseases (CHD).

Ability to design, apply inclusion/exclusion criteria and analyze case-control studies under limited supervision. Needs to be able to choose appropriate study design and analysis methodology and to have excellent oral and written communication skills to communicate findings from these studies with appropriate terms. Two years of related experience.

To apply, click HERE.


#EpiTwitter: Professional engagement in the 21st century

Category : PROspective

from Dr. Cecile Janssens:

If your dream job comes available, you want the recruiters to consider you. For that, they need to know you. Networking is key for career opportunities. In the past, there only was the old boys network, these days there are alternatives. LinkedIn is a good place to post your profile and connect, but you might also want to consider Twitter.

There are many reasons why you, as a student, might benefit from Twitter, and many websites that tell how to get started. Let me share why I use Twitter.

My interest in Twitter didn’t happen overnight. I signed up as part of a public scholarship program but was a ‘listener’ for several years. I followed colleagues in epidemiology, public health, and genetics. I retweeted what I found worth sharing and only responded to tweets that were comfortably within my expertise.

It was worth it though. There are many epidemiologists and statisticians on Twitter. They share their knowledge and thoughts, post what keeps them busy, what catches their attention, what worries them, and what they find important, value, and like. Twitter is also a place where many new studies and developments are discussed. Needless to say, I learned a lot.

Over time, I connected with many people who have similar interests but who I would never have met in person because we attend different conferences. Physicians, statisticians, policy experts, patient advocates, and journalists. Slowly but steadily, I expanded my network across disciplines. Twitter is now my favorite ‘annual’ conference, every day.  

My engagement on Twitter took a turn in 2018, when I was asked to comment on a new paper in my field. I posted a thread of tweets that led to a lot of discussion and to a steady increase in followers that still goes on today. The thread caught the interest of an editor, which is how it got published as a commentary. My co-author and I know each other from Twitter, we’ve never met in person.

Writing that commentary was also the first time that I asked experts on Twitter to check whether we had correctly described a new and complex statistical method. I have since solicited peer review several times for entire manuscripts and paragraphs.

My most ‘viral’ contribution is another thread of tweets in which I explain—would you believe—the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve, a statistical metric that many people use but few really understand. That ‘tweetorial’ is now also a manuscript under revision.

If you use Twitter wisely by following people you find worth following and by posting more sense than nonsense (use other social media for the fun stuff), then you too can learn, ask, share, and entertain, all while expanding your network. Give it a try.  


New to Twitter? Here’s how to get started:

 

  • #Epitwitter: The epidemiology community on Twitter is centered around the hashtag #epitwitter. You can search twitter for all tweets with the #epitwitter hashtag to get an insight into what is trending now. You can (and should) also follow @epi_twit – an account that retweets popular #epitwitter tweets. Other great hashtags include: #statstwitter, #medtwitter, #phdchat, #AcademicTwitter, #rstats, #EpiJournalClub, #EpiWritingChallenge

 

  • Follow influencers in the field:
    • Several notable influencers are faculty right here in the Emory Epidemiology Department: @TimothyLash, @cecilejanssens, @LCLindquist, @alonso_epi, @Jlguest, @EpiPenny, @mkramer_atl, @SamuelJenness, @ATChambs, @ShakiraSuglia, @pssinatl, @B_Lopman, @DrDaynaAJohnson, @KancherlaVijaya, @jebjones_epi, @kmvnarayan14, @audreyjane4, @TravisEpi, @CareyDrews, @AcebaldAnne, @RachelPatzerPhD, @zbinney_NFLinj, @rabednarczyk
    • Make sure to check out influencers throughout the greater  Epidemiology/Statistics/PublicHealth twitter community: @sandrogalea, @_MiguelHernan, @f2harrell, @yudapearl, @CarlosdelRio7, @ProfMattFox, @EpiEllie, @malco_barrett, @MaartenvSmeden, @jaimiegradus, @ebbrickley, @kjhealy, @LaurenAnneWise, @BaileyDeBarmore, @MariaGlymour, @ken_rothman, @BillMiller_Epi

 

  • Follow institutions and journals:
    • @EmoryEPI is the Epidemiology Department’s twitter account – a must follow for all the Epi events, updates, and conversations going on at Rollins.
    • Some influential journals in the field include @epipubs (also see:
      @societyforepi), @EpidemiologyLWW, and @AmJEpi
 

 

How do YOU use twitter? Who are your favorite epidemiology/public health influencers? Tell us in the comments!


Epi Bagel Breakfast, 9/4

Category : News/Events

Join the Epidemiology Department for Bagel Breakfast Wednesday, September 4 from 8am to 10am!


RSPH Epidemiology Tutor

The Epidemiology Tutor provides analytic advice and assistance during the academic year for a broad range of class assignments involving quantitative analysis, as well as theses. The Tutor works one-on-one with RSPH students on every aspect of the data analysis and interpretation process including:

· Translating a research question into a testable, quantitative hypothesis

· Recommending analytic methods to address hypotheses

· Identifying threats to validity (ie. bias) of study findings

· Description of study and analytic methods

· Constructing tables

· Descriptive statistics and multivariable analyses

· Troubleshooting statistical programming errors

· Understanding the pros and cons of various analytic techniques for a given research question

· Interpretation of results for epidemiologic purposes

· Identifying when additional, expert epidemiologic input is required

For thesis support, the Epidemiologic Tutor will provide advice to students and their thesis advisors regarding analytic plans and analysis interpretation, but the actual analysis will remain the responsibility of the student.

The Epidemiologic Tutor works with RSPH students in a pleasant, constructive and encouraging manner. The Tutor must be dependable and punctual in his/her duties and notify the appropriate staff personnel in a timely manner when conflicts or problems occur.

Required Qualifications:

· Demonstrated advanced epidemiologic skills.

· SAS expertise required, experience in R preferred

· Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

· A positive attitude towards students, faculty and staff.

· Able to work independently and take initiative.

· Committed to reflection and growth in professional practice.

Preferred Qualifications:

Familiarity with epidemiologic analysis and statistical computing (e.g., SAS and R) in public health or related field.

Salary: $13.50 -18 per hour

Schedule: 10+ hours/week (flexible)

To apply: Submit resume and an analytic writing sample interpreting the results of an epidemiologic analysis (e.g., from a class or research project) on Handshake: https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/3044758


Epidemiologist 2, TN Department of Health

Category : Alumni

Job Overview:
The Tennessee Department of Health’s Division of Family Health and Wellness is hiring an Epidemiologist 2 for the Early Childhood section in Nashville, TN. This position will be responsible for professional scientific and epidemiological assessments of considerable difficulty for multiple programs.


Key Responsibilities:
Evidence Based Home Visiting:
• Serve as the main contact for Evidence Based Home Visiting Program staff and Central Office program staff for questions related to data reporting.
• Perform data cleaning and analysis of data submitted by community home visiting program staff and collaborates with staff from other state agencies to obtain linked administrative for federal reporting and state reporting, including the Home Visiting Legislative Report.
• Oversee preparation and submission of quarterly and annual reporting to federal partners.
• Oversee internal and external program evaluation projects related to Early Childhood Section.
• Work with grantees to improve quality of data entry at the local level and runs reports as needed throughout the year to support continuous quality improvement (CQI) efforts.
• Attend local and national home visiting meetings.
• Assist with preparation of fact sheets and reports.
• Participate in strategic planning activities.
• Fulfill ad-hoc data and/or analysis requests.
Care Coordination:
• Translate programmatic requirements into the development of appropriate data collection instruments.
• Participate in strategic planning activities.
• Collaborate with Division Clinical Application Coordinator and Information Technology (IT) in development of program business requirements for data collection system.
• Prepare routine reports of program participation and outcomes to internal and external partners.
• Fulfill ad-hoc data and/or analysis requests.
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome:
• Maintain online surveillance submission portal.
• Ensure complete and accurate data through weekly data cleaning.
• Provide technical assistance to portal users, including user management.
• Complete weekly, monthly and annual surveillance reports to the Commissioner and other stakeholders.


Supervision Responsibilities:
This position supervises two staff in the Epidemiologist 1 job class.
Salary Range: $5,756 – $9,211

Who we are and how we impact Tennessee:
TDH incorporates our values into the work we do each day to achieve our mission, live our vision, and address the four leading causes of death in Tennessee.

Mission:
Protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee.


Vision:
A recognized and trusted leader, partnering and engaging to accelerate Tennessee to one of the nation’s healthiest states.


Our Values:
 Teamwork
 Integrity
 Mutual Respect
 Excellence
 Compassion
 Servant Leadership

Tennessee Big Four: Leading Causes of Death in TN
1. Tobacco Use
2. Obesity
3. Physical Inactivity
4. Substance Abuse


Education Requirement:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a doctorate’s degree in epidemiology.
OR
Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a doctorate’s degree in medicine (MD),
osteopathic medicine (DO), veterinarian medicine (DVM) public health, biostatistics, statistics, health informatics health
sciences, biomedical sciences or environmental sciences with experience equivalent to two years’ work experience in
epidemiology.
Substitution of Education for Experience: Additional graduate coursework in public health or an Epidemic Intelligence Service
(EIS) Fellowship may substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two years.
OR
Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in epidemiology, public
health, biostatistics, statistics, or health informatics with experience equivalent to four year’s work experience in
epidemiology.
Substitution of Education for Experience: Additional studies with an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Fellowship may
substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two years.
OR
Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in health science,
biomedical science or environmental science with experience equivalent to six year’s work experience in epidemiology.
Substitution of Education for Experience: Additional studies with an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Fellowship may
substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two years.

Minimum Qualification:
The preferred candidate will have:
1. Knowledge of or experience in healthcare data based projects Experience in SAS.
2. Experienced RedCap user, knowledge of backend server-based registry creation, data collection, and database management abilities.
3. Experience working with large data sets.
4. Excellent oral and written presentation skills

To apply:
Interested candidates should send their resume to Dr. Kimberly Lamar at Kimberly [dot] Lamar [at] tn [dot] gov.


Clinical Research Coordinator II, Emory School of Medicine

Category : Alumni

Description
Handles administrative activities generally associated with the conduct of clinical trials.
Provides guidance to less experienced staff.
Manages research project databases, develops flow sheets and other study related documents, and completes source documents/case report forms.
Interfaces with research participants, determines eligibility and consents study participants according to protocol.
Approves orders for supplies and equipment maintenance.
Assists in developing recruitment strategies and conducting screenings for study participants including interviews and questionnaires.
Supervises collection of study specimens and processing.
Establishes case packages for study procedures, monitors scheduling of procedures and charges, coordinates other services as needed.
Ensures compliance with research protocols, reviews case report forms and audits for accuracy with source documents, attends monitoring meetings with sponsors.
Prepares regulatory submissions.
With appropriate credentialing and training.
May perform phlebotomy or diagnostics.
Performs related approved responsibilities as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

(1.) High School Diploma or GED and five years of clinical research experience. OR

(2.) Two years of college in a scientific, health related, or business administration program and three years clinical research experience OR

(3.) Licensed as a practical nurse (LPN) and two years clinical research experience OR

(4.) Bachelor’s degree in a scientific, health related, or business administration related program and one year of clinical research experience OR

(5.) Master’s degree, MD or PhD in a scientific, health related or business administration program

This position is intended to support clinical research and all clinical training requirements must be tracked and monitored through Emory Healthcare under the credentialing category of CLINICAL RESEARCHER.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.


Rollins IT Support Sessions

Welcome to the Fall 2019 semester!!! Over the summer there has been several new IT related initiatives that have been implemented to enhance your academic experience here are the Rollins School of Public Health.

During these sessions, we can provide support for accessing email accounts, wireless printing, access to Citrix or Apporto, mapping network drives, and any other general IT support questions.


Chair’s Chat, 9/4

Category : News/Events

Please RSVP on canvas ASAP (by Tuesday @12pm) for the Epidemiology Department Chair’s Chat, on September 4 from 12-1pm! Pizza will be served.