This course is designed to offer real world, mentored experiences for students at the University of Michigan Depression Center (http://www.depressioncenter.org) or the National Network of Depression Centers (http://www.nndc.org/).
The Depression Center is the nation’s first multi-disciplinary comprehensive depression center of its kind. It remains the leader in the prevention, detection and treatment of depression and related illnesses.
At the depression center, students will be provided opportunities in the areas of:
- Project Administration: working with the Chief of Staff on a variety of priority projects for the Center, currently including a variety of web-based offerings for the public, patients and families; programs and research opportunities for the Center’s over 200 faculty and staff members; the creation of a patient and family toolkit; and planning annual meetings for the Center’s National and Scientific Advisory Boards; and a variety of educational outreach programs.
- Marketing Communications: assisting communications staff with various internal and external communication efforts including writing of newsletter articles and event promotions, conducting vendor quotes for services, interviewing faculty and staff for web stories, maintaining in-house files and creation of marketing materials. Some administrative tasks expected.
- Website: Reviewing, cataloging and identifying key word searches for videotaped professional education colloquia and Grand Rounds presentations that are offered on the web; assisting web designer as needed for other web projects.
- Grant Writing: Helping with researching, writing and submission of grants. This will involve working closely with a variety of faculty members on a variety of topics related to research
Enrolled students will be expected to commit to ten hours per week of service over two academic terms, attend one educational event per month and write a subsequent summary/thought paper, write a paper each term that will be used in the centers operations. At the completion of the class, students will be provided a certificate recognizing their effort. Opportunities may exist for selected students for spring/summer paid or credit internships and attendance at national and local organizational meetings.
The National Network of Depression Centers is a network of 16 of the nation’s leading academic medical centers in the field of mood disorders. Four areas have been identified as domains of focus — clinical care, research, education & teaching, and public policy. As part of coursework students will be able to work on the following initiatives and projects in these domains: Collaborative Research, Clinical Guidelines, Educational Outreach incorporating social networking / Web 2.0 technologies; Scientific Journal. (eight students)
Students working on these initiatives will be expected to conduct research for and lead the process for the creation of Clinical and Care Management Guidelines for depressive and bipolar illnesses and associated mood disorders. Students will have the opportunity to work with experts and leading clinicians and academicians from multiple disciplines and where warranted have the opportunity for authorship of scientific articles / papers related to the guidelines. Those assigned to Collaborative Research projects will be expected to work with and assist leading researchers on large scale, collaborative, multi-site clinical trials and research in depression, bipolar illness and related primary care interventions.
Scientific Journal will provide students with opportunities to conduct research and scientific editing and writing for the NNDC’s scientific journal. Students working on Educational Outreach projects will work with teams implementing NNDC’s Web Information Clearinghouse and social networking projects, as well as interface with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) educational program staff. They will also assist the Chair of the NNDC Governing Board and the Office of the President and Chief Operating Officer in implementation of NNDC conferences, events, and public policy initiatives to inform the public discourse at the federal level.