Loyola University Chicago


Loyola Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program • Center for Experiential Learning

Hospitalist and Comprehensive Care Program Projects


Looking for a clinical research position with patient interaction experience? Consider joining the research group in the Section of Hospital Medicine at the University of Chicago! This is an excellent and unique opportunity for students interested in a career in healthcare or research, especially those applying to medical school or any other health care-related graduate program.

Who is eligible? Everyone (Ages 18+)

Our research group is currently running a variety of studies, listed below:

● A Multicenter Trial of Academic Hospitalists: a research network that has been interviewing and collecting longitudinal patient reported data on hospitalized patients since 1998.

● Comprehensive Care Program Study: a randomized clinical trial evaluating a new model of care in which physicians focus their practice on caring for patients at risk of hospitalization by providing both inpatient and outpatient care.

● Chicago Area Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Network: a network of Chicago hospitals and health networks building an infrastructure for investigators to run their studies across the city. This project shifts the focus of health research to patients by developing ways of involving them throughout the entire research process.  

● Oral Health: investigating the prevalence of dental health problems among the socioeconomically diverse population of general medical patients at the University of Chicago Medical Center and the extent to which dental health problems are identified and treated in this population.

All Studies are under the investigation of Principal Investigator: David Meltzer, MD, PhD

Job Description:

● Learn how to administer interviews with hospitalized patients

● Gain patient interaction experience

● Help improve patient care

● Develop communication skills

● Network with physicians, nurses, and other research assistants throughout Chicagoland

● Shadow physicians within the section of hospital medicine

● Enrichment seminar series covering a range of topics, including motivational interviewing and the ethics of consent

● Join an illustrious network of previous researchers that have gone on to pursue many graduate and post-graduate educational opportunities. Receive mentorship from those with years of research and clinical experience

Scheduling: We have flexible schedules and welcome help from 8 a.m.–9 p.m. daily (including weekends). We ask for an initial commitment of at least 8 hours a week for 6 months.

We are looking for enthusiastic, responsible, committed individuals of strong moral character and have interests in clinical research. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to hospitalistresearch@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu.