Part-time, Volunteer/Paid, Brain Bank Assistant, Neuropathology

Organization
Mount Sinai Pathology Department

Position Description
Dr. John Crary is seeking students to volunteer as assistants in the brain bank at Mount Sinai. As a part of the Neuropathology Research Division Training Program (NeRD-TP), students will learn neuroanatomy and how to diagnose brain diseases. Students will also gain exposure to challenges associated with treating, diagnosing, and studying brain diseases. Students will have the opportunity to graduate this program after 1 semester and become paid assistant prosectors.  Assistant prosectors help to bank brains on the weekends.

Volunteer Responsibilities include:
  •  Assisting physicians (prosectors) and assistant prosectors in brain dissection and processing of brain tissue
  •  Interfacing with neuropathologists and research scientists
  • Attendance and participation in Friday brain bank meetings
  • Presenting on a neuropathology-related topic at one brain bank meeting
  • Annotate digital images of sectioned brain slabs (identify and label relevant neuroanatomical regions of interest)

Additional opportunities include:
  • Attending movement disorder video rounds with neurologists and fellows
  • Helping neurologists at support groups inform patients about brain donation and our research program
  • Attending grand rounds and department lectures

Position requirements:
  • Post graduate (postbacc student)
  • Strong academic performance (e.g. recommended 3.3 GPA minimum in a scientific discipline)
  • Some exposure to neuroscience (i.e. undergraduate major), psychology, or related discipline
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Intent to matriculate into an M.D. or M.D.- Ph.D. program at the conclusion

Time commitment
Commitment to 2 days per week - 5 hours 1 day a week (~12-5pm) (during the week you will be on call), 4.5 hours on Fridays (10:30-3 pm), and 1 weekend per month.  Hours are flexible.

Apply
To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to both john.crary@mountsinai.org and megan.iida@mssm.edu