What does EnRICH stand for and what is the goal of the program?
EnRICH stands for Enhancing Research and Industry Career Horizons. This program has two goals – the first is to expose graduate students in the biomedical sciences to different career opportunities and the second is to connect them with opportunities to enhance their resumes.
The CWRU School of Medicine offers much more than just an MD program. What are some of the other Master’s and PHD programs that the school provides?
We certainly do have much more than just an MD program! We have over 300 doctoral students in programs ranging from Pathology to Pharmacology to Clinical Research. Our 17 master’s programs include, among many others, Public Health, Systems Biology and Bioinformatics, Biochemistry and Bioethics.
What types of career opportunities do students seek out from these programs?
This actually varies quite widely depending on the student. Many, particularly doctoral students, are interested in exploring careers outside of academia and are interested in mentoring from professionals in a different types of industries. Research experiences in industry, or internships that allow them to apply their skills to different aspects of medicine, health or biomedical research than they have in their coursework are particularly popular.
What types of services does EnRICH provide to students and employers?
We work with students to help them identify opportunities in line with career goals, as well as craft their resumes and prepare for interviews. For employers, we are a flexible program with plenty of interested students that allows us to help you identify interns that are a good fit for you, your needs and the type of experience you would want for the student — whether you are looking for someone full time for the summer to help with a project, or someone 10 hours/week for longer periods of time to fill in a gap in data analysis, or are interested in mentoring a future biomedical scientist. Our students come in with a wide range of skills, including scientific research, biostatistics and bioinformatics, and scientific writing.
How can employers learn more about the program and get involved?
Our website has some basic information on EnRICH (http://casemed.case.edu/gradprog/EnRICH.php). In addition, we are having a Happy Hour on October 4th from 5-7PM in Hovorka Atrium on CWRU campus. Please join us to learn more about EnRICH while networking with CWRU School of Medicine Faculty, Leadership and Doctoral Students (or even just for the networking!). For more information, or to RSVP, please email email@example.com. If you cannot make it, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to request a meeting with me. I look forward to seeing you there!