EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE UNTIL 2/21/2014

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VA NATIONAL CENTER FOR PATIENT SAFETY
TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Engineering Student Intern
(Biomedical, Safety, Human Factors, or related engineering field)
Salary Range: $14.72 – $19.14 per hour*
The preferred candidate will have successfully completed at least two years of
undergraduate coursework in biomedical, safety, human factors engineering, or
engineering related field, and will have the ability to apply basic engineering principles,
techniques and methods to devices and work areas. Appointment to this internship is
contingent upon current** enrollment as a student in a public or private college or
university, and you must be a U.S. Citizen to receive consideration.
JOB DESCRIPTION: The position is full time (40 hrs/wk) with VA’s National Center for
Patient Safety (NCPS) program office, located at Domino’s Farms, in Ann Arbor,
Michigan. The engineering intern will work closely with and provide operational support
to NCPS analysts, engineers, physicians and other professional staff in addressing the
challenges of patient safety with a specific focus on biomedical, safety, and human
factors engineering.
PRINCIPLE DUTIES INCLUDE: Gathers and integrates knowledge from databases of adverse
events and safety alerts from many different sources, including, but not limited to: NCPS Root
Cause Analysis database, (SPOT), F.D.A., ECRI Institute, Joint Commission, Centers for
Disease Control, etc., in support of the Patient Safety Alerts/Advisories process; performs
literature reviews and information synthesis from on-line and traditional hard-copy sources to
assist in medical device or product evaluations and investigations; participates in usability
testing and evaluates potential hazards in the use of medical equipment and supplies; assists
NCPS staff in the preparation of various medical device reports; contacts medical device
manufacturers to obtain the necessary data or information, which may be incorporated into
procurement specifications, device evaluations, Patient Safety Alerts and Advisories, etc; and
explains the NCPS data collection tools (Patient Event Reporting, Patient Safety Assessment
Tool, and VHA Alerts & Advisory website).
TO APPLY: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/361096600. See second
footnote below for graduating seniors entering into a graduate program in the Fall of
2014.
Applications must be received by Friday, February 21, 2014 to be considered. A
selection into the NCPS Engineering Internship is expected to be made by March 21,
2014. NCPS intends to start the internship no earlier than May 5, 2014; however the
actual start date will consider the student intern’s school schedule. The period of the
internship is expected to be three months.
* Actual student salary depends upon courses taken, whether a student is a junior,
senior or in a graduate program, and grades.
** Students graduating from an undergraduate program AND will be entering a graduate
program in the Fall of 2014, must provide a letter of acceptance by the graduate school
which they will be attending.

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