CHIP Internships

Apply for a Certificate in Health Care Infection Prevention & Control (CHIP) Internship. There will be placements at several hospitals in Michigan. Students must be currently enrolled in a public health graduate program at the University of Michigan.The application deadline is February 15, 2020.


CHIP interns are getting noticed!

"Risk Factors and Outcomes Associated With Hospital-Onset Peripheral Intravenous Catheter–Associated Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia" by Micah Blauw (CHIP 2017)

"Laxative use and testing for Clostridium difficile in hospitalized adults: An opportunity to improve diagnostic stewardship." by Kayla Carter (CHIP 2017)

"Many [job] interviewers I talked with were very impressed with the [CHIP] internship experience. The CHIP program has been a huge help for me!" Luke Draper (CHIP 2018)

CHIP interns get a personalized tour of the Rotoclaves® in a healthcare facility! See the process in their pictures below. The Rotoclave® is a "rotating autoclave" system that utilizes steam and rotation to sterilize waste materials before they go on to the dump. (See the Rotoclave website for details.)


2018 Intern Experiences

"The best part of my internship was being able to take part in daily infection prevention tasks and eventually being able to do some of them on my own. I am also very thankful to have worked with such an excellent, knowledgeable team."  Alex Wells, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2019)

- "The best part of my internship was being able to take part in daily infection prevention tasks and eventually being able to do some of them on my own. I am also very thankful to have worked with such an excellent, knowledgeable team." Alex Wells, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2019)

"This experience is truly invaluable for a budding infection prevention candidate." Gladys Martinez, General Epidemiology MPH (2019)

- "This experience is truly invaluable for a budding infection prevention candidate." Gladys Martinez, General Epidemiology MPH (2019)

"Being able to devise a project which ultimately led to a process change which will improve patient safety was extremely rewarding." Cameron Griffin, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2019)

- "Being able to devise a project which ultimately led to a process change which will improve patient safety was extremely rewarding." Cameron Griffin, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2019)

"I gained microbiology skills such as streaking out cultures to isolate colonies and performing biochemical tests...  Additionally, I now feel more comfortable working with large, uncleaned datasets." Clare Shanahan, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2019)

- "I gained microbiology skills such as streaking out cultures to isolate colonies and performing biochemical tests... Additionally, I now feel more comfortable working with large, uncleaned datasets." Clare Shanahan, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2019)

 "Being able to contribute to the protocols of the hospital, and make a change that improves the health and safety of patients" Luke Draper, General Epidemiology MPH (2019)

- "Being able to contribute to the protocols of the hospital, and make a change that improves the health and safety of patients" Luke Draper, General Epidemiology MPH (2019)

2018 Intern Posters

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Identifying Residual Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms Associated with Environmental High Touch Surfaces by Gladys Martinez

- Identifying Residual Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms Associated with Environmental High Touch Surfaces by Gladys Martinez

Designing and Implementing a Patient Hand Hygiene Program at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital by Jason Weaver

- Designing and Implementing a Patient Hand Hygiene Program at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital by Jason Weaver

Multidrug-Resistant Organism Colonization of Patient Body Sites in Nursing/Post-Acute Care Facilities: Impact of Indwelling Device Use by Clare Shanahan

- Multidrug-Resistant Organism Colonization of Patient Body Sites in Nursing/Post-Acute Care Facilities: Impact of Indwelling Device Use by Clare Shanahan

Intervention to Improve Urine Testing Prior to Orthopedic and Spine Surgery by Luke Draper

- Intervention to Improve Urine Testing Prior to Orthopedic and Spine Surgery by Luke Draper

Poster by Griffin Cameron

- Poster by Griffin Cameron

Interplay between System Level and Local Level Infection Prevention: Response to Product Recalls due to Potential Serratia marcescens Contamination by Alex Wells

- Interplay between System Level and Local Level Infection Prevention: Response to Product Recalls due to Potential Serratia marcescens Contamination by Alex Wells

The Hidden Truth in the Faucets: A Quality Improvement Project and Splash Study of Hospital Sinks by Harry Zhen

- The Hidden Truth in the Faucets: A Quality Improvement Project and Splash Study of Hospital Sinks by Harry Zhen


2017 Intern Experiences

The best part of my internship was: "Gaining value experience at the State level to compare to other, more research-oriented jobs." Brad Petrowitz, Epidemiology MPH (2018)

- The best part of my internship was: "Gaining value experience at the State level to compare to other, more research-oriented jobs." Brad Petrowitz, Epidemiology MPH (2018)

The best part of my internship was: "Experiencing what it is like to be in Infection Prevention behind the scenes, and getting to know everyone in the department." Liam Hicks, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2018)

- The best part of my internship was: "Experiencing what it is like to be in Infection Prevention behind the scenes, and getting to know everyone in the department." Liam Hicks, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2018)

"The CHIP internship was a great learning experience for me as it showed me the entirety of an observational study outside the classroom, from enrolling study participants to analyzing the dataset." Isaac Kim, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2018)

- "The CHIP internship was a great learning experience for me as it showed me the entirety of an observational study outside the classroom, from enrolling study participants to analyzing the dataset." Isaac Kim, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2018)

"Learning what it really is like to be an IP. Without this internship I don't think I would really have an understanding of what being an IP means related to the work that is done on a daily basis." Mica Blauw, Epidemiology MPH (2018)

- "Learning what it really is like to be an IP. Without this internship I don't think I would really have an understanding of what being an IP means related to the work that is done on a daily basis." Mica Blauw, Epidemiology MPH (2018)

"Having the ability to witness the work of an Infection Preventionist first-hand. Whether this was through attending meetings or helping out with work in the office, it was an experience that I feel prepared me adequately for future work in the field." Michael Osterman, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2018)

- "Having the ability to witness the work of an Infection Preventionist first-hand. Whether this was through attending meetings or helping out with work in the office, it was an experience that I feel prepared me adequately for future work in the field." Michael Osterman, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2018)

"Being able to work directly with the IPs on everyday infection prevention activities as well as being able to shadow in other departments through the hospital. This really supplemented my understanding of how the infection prevention department really functions throughout the hospital, on top of what I'd learned in the hospital epidemiology course." Kayla Carter, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2018)

- "Being able to work directly with the IPs on everyday infection prevention activities as well as being able to shadow in other departments through the hospital. This really supplemented my understanding of how the infection prevention department really functions throughout the hospital, on top of what I'd learned in the hospital epidemiology course." Kayla Carter, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2018)

I was a part of patient enrollment, sampling, microbiology testing, and data analysis. Often when working with a dataset in a biostatistics or epidemiology course, I feel removed from the data. Being fully immersed in our group's research gave meaning to the data we were analyzing." Brett Slajus, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2018)

- I was a part of patient enrollment, sampling, microbiology testing, and data analysis. Often when working with a dataset in a biostatistics or epidemiology course, I feel removed from the data. Being fully immersed in our group's research gave meaning to the data we were analyzing." Brett Slajus, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2018)

2017 Intern Posters

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Michael Osterman (winner)

Amanda Thorne

Bradley Petrowitz

Liam J. Hicks

Mica Blauw

Kayla Carter

Brett Slaus


2016 Intern Experiences

"The best part of the internship was seeing how varied and expansive the work of Infection Prevention was. It was eye opening to see how much they did across so many hospital units and sites, interacting with government agencies, involvement in construction projects, and more." John Dou, General Epidemiology MPH (2017)

- "The best part of the internship was seeing how varied and expansive the work of Infection Prevention was. It was eye opening to see how much they did across so many hospital units and sites, interacting with government agencies, involvement in construction projects, and more." John Dou, General Epidemiology MPH (2017)

"I also loved the breadth of projects I was able to help on. From NHSN surveillance to ICAR visits, I was able to view HAI public health from the state level and from the IP level. I feel like I had multiple experiences and internships in one summer.” Kirtana Ramadugu, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2017)

- "I also loved the breadth of projects I was able to help on. From NHSN surveillance to ICAR visits, I was able to view HAI public health from the state level and from the IP level. I feel like I had multiple experiences and internships in one summer.” Kirtana Ramadugu, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2017)

"The best part of my internship was being able to round on the different patient floors and actually get to talk to the patients and medical staff.” Madhuri Natarajan (2017)

- "The best part of my internship was being able to round on the different patient floors and actually get to talk to the patients and medical staff.” Madhuri Natarajan (2017)

"The best part of my internship was being able to really understand how valuable an infection prevention department is to a large hospital system. The type of projects, meetings, and partnerships were so variable and important and I really enjoyed having the opportunity to experience each facet of infection prevention.” Maria Konja, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2017)

- "The best part of my internship was being able to really understand how valuable an infection prevention department is to a large hospital system. The type of projects, meetings, and partnerships were so variable and important and I really enjoyed having the opportunity to experience each facet of infection prevention.” Maria Konja, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2017)

"The best part of my internship was being able to go into the field to meet the nursing home staff and talk to them about the study.” Savannah Hatt, General Epidemiology MPH (2017)

- "The best part of my internship was being able to go into the field to meet the nursing home staff and talk to them about the study.” Savannah Hatt, General Epidemiology MPH (2017)

"I have learned a lot about how the state health department monitors the trends of communicable diseases, and how to coordinates with local jurisdictional health departments and the public.” Wenwen Jiang, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2017)

- "I have learned a lot about how the state health department monitors the trends of communicable diseases, and how to coordinates with local jurisdictional health departments and the public.” Wenwen Jiang, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2017)

2016 Intern Posters

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Surveillance and Preven.on of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) Infec.ons in Michigan Healthcare SeAngs, 2012-2016

- Surveillance and Preven.on of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) Infec.ons in Michigan Healthcare SeAngs, 2012-2016

Michigan Communicable Disease Outbreak Surveillance and Investigation Regional Epidemiology Unit (REU), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Wenwen Jiang , Tiffany Henderson

- Michigan Communicable Disease Outbreak Surveillance and Investigation Regional Epidemiology Unit (REU), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Wenwen Jiang , Tiffany Henderson

Patterns of Hand Hygiene Compliance and Antibiotic Resistant Organisms in Nursing Homes
Savannah Hatt, Kristen Gibson, Marco Cassone, Bonnie Lansing, Julia Mantey, Sara McNamara, Lona Mody

- Patterns of Hand Hygiene Compliance and Antibiotic Resistant Organisms in Nursing Homes Savannah Hatt, Kristen Gibson, Marco Cassone, Bonnie Lansing, Julia Mantey, Sara McNamara, Lona Mody

Assessing Patient Hand Hygiene Compliance and Intervention Effectiveness at Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn, MI
Madhuri Natarajan, Priscila Bercea, Martin Levesque

- Assessing Patient Hand Hygiene Compliance and Intervention Effectiveness at Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn, MI Madhuri Natarajan, Priscila Bercea, Martin Levesque

Assessment of Infection-Related Ventilator-Associated Complications and Possible Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia in the University of Michigan Health System
John Dou, Amanda Valyko, MPH, CIC2 , Carl Haas, MLS, RRT2 , Emily Shuman, MD2

- Assessment of Infection-Related Ventilator-Associated Complications and Possible Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia in the University of Michigan Health System John Dou, Amanda Valyko, MPH, CIC2 , Carl Haas, MLS, RRT2 , Emily Shuman, MD2

Determining the Contributing Factors to Hand Hygiene Non-Compliance
Maria Konja, Jill Cone-Holden, RN, Jennifer Sweeney, MPH, Amanda Valyko, MPH, Jessica Williams, MPH, Lisa Sturm, MPH

- Determining the Contributing Factors to Hand Hygiene Non-Compliance Maria Konja, Jill Cone-Holden, RN, Jennifer Sweeney, MPH, Amanda Valyko, MPH, Jessica Williams, MPH, Lisa Sturm, MPH


2015 Intern Experiences

"The best part of my internship was... networking and establishing connections with my coworkers at MDHHS. My coworkers were remarkable people and I am fortunate to have worked with them." Allison Chan, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2016)

- "The best part of my internship was... networking and establishing connections with my coworkers at MDHHS. My coworkers were remarkable people and I am fortunate to have worked with them." Allison Chan, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2016)

The best part of my internship was visiting the nursing homes to enroll and culture study participants. I really enjoyed interacting with the NH staff while collecting hand swabs, and talking with the residents while I collected cultures in their rooms. The combination of hands-on work, face-to-face interaction, and behind the scenes experience in data collection allowed me to discover a passion for working with older patients in a clinical setting. Lizzie Tuma, Epidemiology MPH (2016)

- The best part of my internship was visiting the nursing homes to enroll and culture study participants. I really enjoyed interacting with the NH staff while collecting hand swabs, and talking with the residents while I collected cultures in their rooms. The combination of hands-on work, face-to-face interaction, and behind the scenes experience in data collection allowed me to discover a passion for working with older patients in a clinical setting. Lizzie Tuma, Epidemiology MPH (2016)

The CHIP internship was a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with a variety of healthcare professionals throughout the hospital system. I enjoyed learning from experts in IP as well as many other departments, and appreciated the opportunities to participate in Infection Prevention discussions and activities and directly apply my knowledge to real world situations. Courtney Dewart, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2016)

- The CHIP internship was a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with a variety of healthcare professionals throughout the hospital system. I enjoyed learning from experts in IP as well as many other departments, and appreciated the opportunities to participate in Infection Prevention discussions and activities and directly apply my knowledge to real world situations. Courtney Dewart, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2016)

- "Working with the staff in the UMHS Infection Prevention department was by far the best part of my internship. Everyone was so approachable and willing to help with any questions I had and invite me to meetings they thought I might find interesting. I wouldn’t have learned anywhere near the amount I did without these wonderful individuals." Aaron Vanderboegh, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2016)

"The wonderful people of the SHARP Unit (aka SHARPies) were definitely the best part of my internship.  I learned so much from them, and they have certainly had a positive impact on my future plans and career goals." Katrina Espiritu, General Epidemiology MPH (2016)

- "The wonderful people of the SHARP Unit (aka SHARPies) were definitely the best part of my internship. I learned so much from them, and they have certainly had a positive impact on my future plans and career goals." Katrina Espiritu, General Epidemiology MPH (2016)

"After my internship, I can confidently say that I’ll pursue a career in this field. I’m extremely grateful that I was able to work with experts in infection control and gained an understanding of what qualities make a successful hospital epidemiologist." Jennifer LeRose, Epidemiology (2016)

- "After my internship, I can confidently say that I’ll pursue a career in this field. I’m extremely grateful that I was able to work with experts in infection control and gained an understanding of what qualities make a successful hospital epidemiologist." Jennifer LeRose, Epidemiology (2016)

"The best part of my internship was getting to interact with so many different members in the hospital. My projects required me to work closely with leaders from epidemiology, quality control, central surveillance, nursing, and physician staff, as well as with many types of students. Infection prevention must be a collaborative effort in order to be successful, and I was able to be a part of that collaboration in an exciting and real way at the Detroit Medical Center." Anne Messer, Epidemiology (2016

- "The best part of my internship was getting to interact with so many different members in the hospital. My projects required me to work closely with leaders from epidemiology, quality control, central surveillance, nursing, and physician staff, as well as with many types of students. Infection prevention must be a collaborative effort in order to be successful, and I was able to be a part of that collaboration in an exciting and real way at the Detroit Medical Center." Anne Messer, Epidemiology (2016

2015 Intern Posters

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Assessment of Improvement in Hospital Room Cleaning Using Consistent Data Feedback
Anne Messer, Jennifer LeRose, Emily Maran, PhD, Betsy Foxman, PhD, Keith Kaye, MD MPH

- Assessment of Improvement in Hospital Room Cleaning Using Consistent Data Feedback Anne Messer, Jennifer LeRose, Emily Maran, PhD, Betsy Foxman, PhD, Keith Kaye, MD MPH

Trends in multidrug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii in a Detroit teaching hospital from 2014-2015
Jennifer LeRose, Anne Messer, Kristin Sims, MPH, Samyah Mogalli, MHCA, Sorabh Dhar, MD, Keith Kaye, MD, MPH

- Trends in multidrug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii in a Detroit teaching hospital from 2014-2015 Jennifer LeRose, Anne Messer, Kristin Sims, MPH, Samyah Mogalli, MHCA, Sorabh Dhar, MD, Keith Kaye, MD, MPH

Michigan State-Wide Healthcare-Associated InfecCon Surveillance Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, SHARP Unit
Allison Chan, Allison Gibson Murad, MPH, Dr. Jennie Finks, DVM, MVPH

- Michigan State-Wide Healthcare-Associated InfecCon Surveillance Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, SHARP Unit Allison Chan, Allison Gibson Murad, MPH, Dr. Jennie Finks, DVM, MVPH

Michigan Healthcare Facility Inventory Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Katrina Espiritu; Noreen Mollon, MS; Jennie Finks, DVM, MVPH

- Michigan Healthcare Facility Inventory Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Katrina Espiritu; Noreen Mollon, MS; Jennie Finks, DVM, MVPH

2015 CHIP Intern Courtney Dewart presents her internship experience at the 2016 Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) National Meetings (PDF).

- 2015 CHIP Intern Courtney Dewart presents her internship experience at the 2016 Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) National Meetings (PDF).


2014 Intern Experiences

"It was incredibly interesting to see the variety of work they (infection preventionists) do on a daily basis and participants in and learn about all of it. It was also really gratifying to see an intervention I helped come up with be implemented…" Marten Hawkins, Epidemiology MPH (2015)

- "It was incredibly interesting to see the variety of work they (infection preventionists) do on a daily basis and participants in and learn about all of it. It was also really gratifying to see an intervention I helped come up with be implemented…" Marten Hawkins, Epidemiology MPH (2015)

"The opportunity to shadow Infection Preventionists as well as Infectious Disease Physicians on rounds was particularly valuable, this intern experience gave me lots of opportunities to learn new things that I have never done before, like do device rounding, participate in the writing of a research article and give presentation in front of a group of people." Lei Yu, Biostatistics MS (2015)

- "The opportunity to shadow Infection Preventionists as well as Infectious Disease Physicians on rounds was particularly valuable, this intern experience gave me lots of opportunities to learn new things that I have never done before, like do device rounding, participate in the writing of a research article and give presentation in front of a group of people." Lei Yu, Biostatistics MS (2015)

"I gained skills in analyzing and organizing large datasets, as well as knowledge in clinical research study design." Jordan Bosco, Epidemiology MPH (2015)

- "I gained skills in analyzing and organizing large datasets, as well as knowledge in clinical research study design." Jordan Bosco, Epidemiology MPH (2015)

"I think the tour held in each interning place is great part of this program. It lets us not only focus on our own project but also get a picture of what other interns do. It makes all interns together even though we work in different places and have independent projects." Yuan Xin, Epidemiology MPH (2015)

- "I think the tour held in each interning place is great part of this program. It lets us not only focus on our own project but also get a picture of what other interns do. It makes all interns together even though we work in different places and have independent projects." Yuan Xin, Epidemiology MPH (2015)

"I think following with doctor to round the inpatients during the first 2 weeks of my internship is most interesting and unforgettable experience. It makes me feel like I am in TV series Grey’s Anatomy." Yuan Xin, Epidemiology MPH (2015)

- "I think following with doctor to round the inpatients during the first 2 weeks of my internship is most interesting and unforgettable experience. It makes me feel like I am in TV series Grey’s Anatomy." Yuan Xin, Epidemiology MPH (2015)

2014 Intern Posters

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Surveillance of Foley Catheter Compliance and Urometer Maintenance in Intensive Care Units by Lei Yu and Paul Lin

- Surveillance of Foley Catheter Compliance and Urometer Maintenance in Intensive Care Units by Lei Yu and Paul Lin

A Comprehensive Review of the Risk Factors Surrounding Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections by Jordan Bosco

- A Comprehensive Review of the Risk Factors Surrounding Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections by Jordan Bosco

Evaluation of Hand Carriage of Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms among Nursing Home Residents by Jie Cao

- Evaluation of Hand Carriage of Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms among Nursing Home Residents by Jie Cao

Symptomology among patients testing positive for Hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile by Marten R Hawkins

- Symptomology among patients testing positive for Hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile by Marten R Hawkins

Identifying Characteristics of Healthcare-associated EnterococcusBacteremia Patients in Henry Ford Hospital by Yuan Xin

- Identifying Characteristics of Healthcare-associated EnterococcusBacteremia Patients in Henry Ford Hospital by Yuan Xin

Michigan Healthcare Associated Infections Reports by Xiaotong Liu

- Michigan Healthcare Associated Infections Reports by Xiaotong Liu


2013 Intern Experiences

"I gained a much deeper understand of how an infection control department is organized and ran effectively. I also gained more experience manipulating data in excel as that was the preferred means of data analysis at the DMC. Additionally, I gained experience operating Theradoc and EMR to pull relevant patient information, so as to gain a better understanding of what is specifically happening in a patient. As a part of the C. difficile project I worked on briefly, I also learned how to write comprehensive policy changes so all healthcare providers can easily understand them." Jacob Bundy, Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2014)

- "I gained a much deeper understand of how an infection control department is organized and ran effectively. I also gained more experience manipulating data in excel as that was the preferred means of data analysis at the DMC. Additionally, I gained experience operating Theradoc and EMR to pull relevant patient information, so as to gain a better understanding of what is specifically happening in a patient. As a part of the C. difficile project I worked on briefly, I also learned how to write comprehensive policy changes so all healthcare providers can easily understand them." Jacob Bundy, Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2014)

"I got a lot out of this professionally. The opportunity to analyze real world data in an effort to improve healthcare was particularly valuable. I also enjoyed collaborating with professionals from multiple health related disciplines, i.e. hospital administrators, statisticians, doctors, nurses, etc. I gained great insight into what sort of work I'll gravitate toward in the future." Jessica Lehrich, Biostatistics MS (2014)

- "I got a lot out of this professionally. The opportunity to analyze real world data in an effort to improve healthcare was particularly valuable. I also enjoyed collaborating with professionals from multiple health related disciplines, i.e. hospital administrators, statisticians, doctors, nurses, etc. I gained great insight into what sort of work I'll gravitate toward in the future." Jessica Lehrich, Biostatistics MS (2014)

"I learned a lot from this internship. The biggest skill that I have gained was the method of surveillance. I learned how to conduct surveillance on surgical site infections, CAUTI, and CLABSI. By doing the surveillance, a rate of each of these infections can be created and shared with clinicians. Surveillance is the foundation of everything in infection control." Sree Ponnaluri, General Epidemiology MPH (2014)

- "I learned a lot from this internship. The biggest skill that I have gained was the method of surveillance. I learned how to conduct surveillance on surgical site infections, CAUTI, and CLABSI. By doing the surveillance, a rate of each of these infections can be created and shared with clinicians. Surveillance is the foundation of everything in infection control." Sree Ponnaluri, General Epidemiology MPH (2014)

"As part of the internship experience I got to shadow different IPs at DMC-affiliated hospitals including: Harper University Hospital, Detroit Receiving Hospital, the Rehabilitation Institute, Children's Hospital of Michigan, Sinai Grace Hospital, and Huron Valley Sinai Hospital as well as shadow infectious disease physicians on rounds, and shadow with an infectious disease pharmacist. These were very educating experiences because I was able to learn about infection control in these different facilities. Each hospital has its own unique patient population so each hospital must approach their infection control initiatives differently while still abiding by corporate policies. I also witnessed how interdisciplinary infection control must be in order to be effective." Carolyn Dombecki, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology (2014)

- "As part of the internship experience I got to shadow different IPs at DMC-affiliated hospitals including: Harper University Hospital, Detroit Receiving Hospital, the Rehabilitation Institute, Children's Hospital of Michigan, Sinai Grace Hospital, and Huron Valley Sinai Hospital as well as shadow infectious disease physicians on rounds, and shadow with an infectious disease pharmacist. These were very educating experiences because I was able to learn about infection control in these different facilities. Each hospital has its own unique patient population so each hospital must approach their infection control initiatives differently while still abiding by corporate policies. I also witnessed how interdisciplinary infection control must be in order to be effective." Carolyn Dombecki, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology (2014)

"Getting to 'play with' such an immense amount of data was another great part of my internship. I learned a great deal about analysis; that is, how to look at data and use them in the most beneficial and logical way, such that results may be easily interpreted by epidemiologists and lay people alike. While my first year of Public Health courses cultivated my ability to design studies and identify significance within findings, this internship allowed me to apply said knowledge towards real-world data—something that a class cannot do nearly as well as first-hand experience." Kristin Gibson, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2014)

- "Getting to 'play with' such an immense amount of data was another great part of my internship. I learned a great deal about analysis; that is, how to look at data and use them in the most beneficial and logical way, such that results may be easily interpreted by epidemiologists and lay people alike. While my first year of Public Health courses cultivated my ability to design studies and identify significance within findings, this internship allowed me to apply said knowledge towards real-world data—something that a class cannot do nearly as well as first-hand experience." Kristin Gibson, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2014)

"My project is focused around characterizing the colonization of Acinetobacter baumannii, including both risk factors and the nature of co-colonization with other organisms. This project has involved selecting the organism of study, literature review to determine where a gap of information might be, formulating a hypothesis, specific aims, cleaning of the data in SAS, manually coding binary variables, and production of tables relating to the specific aims. I really enjoyed myself and did a lot of what I would consider "real-world" work. Very rewarding." Amanda Horcher, Epidemiology MPH (2014)

- "My project is focused around characterizing the colonization of Acinetobacter baumannii, including both risk factors and the nature of co-colonization with other organisms. This project has involved selecting the organism of study, literature review to determine where a gap of information might be, formulating a hypothesis, specific aims, cleaning of the data in SAS, manually coding binary variables, and production of tables relating to the specific aims. I really enjoyed myself and did a lot of what I would consider "real-world" work. Very rewarding." Amanda Horcher, Epidemiology MPH (2014)

"For me, the best part of my internship was shadowing the infection control practitioners on their rounds and meetings. Seeing what each practitioner has to deal with on an average day is a great learning tool and I learned a ton just listening to the kinds of dilemmas and problems faced by the infection control department." Marisa Pinchas, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2014)

- "For me, the best part of my internship was shadowing the infection control practitioners on their rounds and meetings. Seeing what each practitioner has to deal with on an average day is a great learning tool and I learned a ton just listening to the kinds of dilemmas and problems faced by the infection control department." Marisa Pinchas, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology MPH (2014)

2013 Intern Posters

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Understanding the Risk Factors Associated with the Acquisition of a Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae Infection at UMHS by Sreelatha Ponnaluri

- Understanding the Risk Factors Associated with the Acquisition of a Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae Infection at UMHS by Sreelatha Ponnaluri

Characterizing the Burden of Multi-Hospital Clostridium difficileInfections at the Detroit Medical Center by Carolyn Dombecki

- Characterizing the Burden of Multi-Hospital Clostridium difficileInfections at the Detroit Medical Center by Carolyn Dombecki

Characterization of Acinetobacterbaumanniicolonization of high-risk patients in skilled nursing facilities by Amanda Horcher

- Characterization of Acinetobacterbaumanniicolonization of high-risk patients in skilled nursing facilities by Amanda Horcher

Evaluation of the impact of brand-specific vancomycin-inducednephrotoxicity at the Detroit Medical Center by Jacob Bundy

- Evaluation of the impact of brand-specific vancomycin-inducednephrotoxicity at the Detroit Medical Center by Jacob Bundy

"Optimizing Placement and Care Resources for
Hospital-Onset Clostridium difficileInfection" by Jessica Lehrich

- "Optimizing Placement and Care Resources for Hospital-Onset Clostridium difficileInfection" by Jessica Lehrich

How Well do Healthcare Workers Adhere to Evidence-Based Guidelines for Indwelling Urinary Catheter Use? A Record Review Study by Marisa Pinchas

- How Well do Healthcare Workers Adhere to Evidence-Based Guidelines for Indwelling Urinary Catheter Use? A Record Review Study by Marisa Pinchas


2012 Intern Experiences

“Because of touring hospitals and working alongside leaders in the field, I better understand the life of professionals in infection control.  With that knowledge (and what I have and hope to learn at SPH), I am excited to join the field after graduation.  Plus, I now have references and networking connections to help me find employment!” Anya Abashian, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology (2013)

- “Because of touring hospitals and working alongside leaders in the field, I better understand the life of professionals in infection control. With that knowledge (and what I have and hope to learn at SPH), I am excited to join the field after graduation. Plus, I now have references and networking connections to help me find employment!” Anya Abashian, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology (2013)

“I am continuing to work with IC&E this upcoming year, and have additionally been offered a position for a few hours a week with Risk Management; the internship provided tremendous opportunities for me to expand my skill set as I look forward to job applications next winter.” Brigette Bucholz, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology (2013)

- “I am continuing to work with IC&E this upcoming year, and have additionally been offered a position for a few hours a week with Risk Management; the internship provided tremendous opportunities for me to expand my skill set as I look forward to job applications next winter.” Brigette Bucholz, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology (2013)

“Skills gained included promoting my speaking skills, as I was permitted to lead the TIP in-services on several occasions, and I also attended every single in-service that was done this summer (25 total). I definitely gained a better understanding of different requirements of a long term care facility and the infection prevention and control policies of each nursing home.” Katherine Hamaoui, Health Behavior & Health Education

- “Skills gained included promoting my speaking skills, as I was permitted to lead the TIP in-services on several occasions, and I also attended every single in-service that was done this summer (25 total). I definitely gained a better understanding of different requirements of a long term care facility and the infection prevention and control policies of each nursing home.” Katherine Hamaoui, Health Behavior & Health Education

“The best part was being part of a team that is doing really interesting research, and being able to participate in the field research as opposed to just being in the office all day. Also, my colleagues were very welcoming and helpful, and made us feel like a part of the team from day one.” Claire Hannemann, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology (2013)

- “The best part was being part of a team that is doing really interesting research, and being able to participate in the field research as opposed to just being in the office all day. Also, my colleagues were very welcoming and helpful, and made us feel like a part of the team from day one.” Claire Hannemann, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology (2013)

“The tour is fanastic” Yumeng  Li, Biostatistics MS (2013)

- “The tour is fanastic” Yumeng Li, Biostatistics MS (2013)

“I personally enjoyed being in charge of the reportable diseases reporting. All of the employees hated doing it but I found it to be very interesting based on my education at the UMSPH. I was usually the first to know about a pertussis case in the hospital (besides the physicians, of course) and it felt good to be able to report it to the infection preventionists so they could begin an exposure workup. It also gave me an idea of the burden of communicable diseases in the county.” Eoghan McGreevy, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology (2013)

- “I personally enjoyed being in charge of the reportable diseases reporting. All of the employees hated doing it but I found it to be very interesting based on my education at the UMSPH. I was usually the first to know about a pertussis case in the hospital (besides the physicians, of course) and it felt good to be able to report it to the infection preventionists so they could begin an exposure workup. It also gave me an idea of the burden of communicable diseases in the county.” Eoghan McGreevy, Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology (2013)

2012 Intern Posters

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Evaluating Compliance and Documentation of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Bundle Prevention Elements at the University of Michigan Health System by Brigette Bucholz

- Evaluating Compliance and Documentation of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Bundle Prevention Elements at the University of Michigan Health System by Brigette Bucholz


2011 Intern Experiences

“The ease of the research group with teaching the intern and including the intern in the work.” Evelyn Koo, MPH Epidemiology 2012

- “The ease of the research group with teaching the intern and including the intern in the work.” Evelyn Koo, MPH Epidemiology 2012

“I felt that my opinion mattered and because of my clinical background, I was often asked my opinion about the clinical aspect of some infection control practices.” Anthony Spearman, MHSA Health Management & Policy

- “I felt that my opinion mattered and because of my clinical background, I was often asked my opinion about the clinical aspect of some infection control practices.” Anthony Spearman, MHSA Health Management & Policy