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PPD Evidera Internship Program Patient-Centered Research and Patient Preference in Bethesda, Maryland

Work That Matters

Evidera is a global research and consulting group that partners with life science companies worldwide. Our services are driven by world-class science and thought leadership and leverage a unique combination of capabilities in clinical development, regulatory consulting, HTA, health economics, outcomes research, market access and real-world evidence.

Position Summary

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to join a successful research team and to help define and drive solutions for clients and patients! As an intern you will have the opportunity to learn about the role played by Patient-Centered Research and Patient Preference studies in drug development. You will learn what clinical outcome assessments are and the role they play in drug development and labeling; the difference between qualitative and quantitative methodologies; participate in interviewing patients to learn how their disease and treatment impacts their lives; help in planning data analysis, and gain insights into clinical trial designs. You will learn about different patient preference methodologies including the qualitative and quantitative work needed for discrete choice analyses; including background review for characterizing clinical effects of alternative treatment options, protocol development, survey validation, and data analysis.

At Evidera we hire the best, develop ourselves and each other, and recognize the power of being one team. As an intern, youll have mentorship and guidance as well as exposure to a variety of tasks and projects to help you prepare for your future career.

The internship is a 10 week position to provide support for multiple projects (including live projects) under supervision, with tasks varying to degree by project and participate in targeted self-improvement projects. As an intern, youll have mentorship and guidance as well as exposure to a variety of tasks and projects to help you prepare for your future career.

The Team

Patient-Centered Research and Patient Preference

The Patient-Centered Research group focuses on the development of clinical outcomes assessments (COAs) and patient-reported outcomes (PROs). This is a great opportunity to learn more about data collection, including conducting one-on-one cognitive interviews and co-moderating focus groups, literature reviews, site recruitment, and IRB submissions.

This exciting and challenging cross-functional position also provides support across multiple projects within the Patient Preference group, which sits within the Patient-Centered Research team. The Evidera Patient Preference team is the industrys largest patient preference research group globally, currently made up of over 20 experts across the UK, EU and US that specialize in the design, implementation, and use of instruments to elicit stakeholder preferences to inform healthcare decisions. In particular, we have expertise in: preference elicitation using techniques such as discrete choice experiments, best-worst scaling, swing weighting and threshold techniques. Our team also has experience in decision analysis that combines preference data with treatment performance data to evaluate treatments using metrics such as: willingness to pay, uptake, minimum acceptable benefit or maximum acceptable risk. Our studies often inform regulatory and health technology assessment decisions, and our team includes recognized key opinion leaders in fields of health preference elicitation and benefit-risk assessment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting team members with designated tasks that drive the overall objectives of the function

  • Participating in Patient-Centered Research special projects aimed to achieving annual priorities

  • Assist with real-life patient preference studies, helping to identify relevant attributes and levels via literature review, helping to prepare draft study protocols and basic report sections

  • Collecting data, including conducting cognitive interviews and co-moderating focus groups, and interpreting quantitative preference study findings

  • Participating in internal Evidera training sessions relevant to your designated functional area, such as outcomes research to epidemiology, statistics, and health economical modeling.

  • Attending and participating in meetings and conference calls

  • Other ad-hoc tasks under the direction of the PCR supervisor

PPD values the health and wellbeing of our employees. We support and encourage individuals to create a healthy and balanced environment where they can thrive. Below is listed the working environment/requirements for this role:

  • Able to communicate, receive, and understand information and ideas with diverse groups of people in a comprehensible and reasonable manner.

  • Able to work upright and stationary for typical working hours.

  • Ability to use and learn standard office equipment and technology with proficiency.

  • Able to perform successfully under pressure while prioritizing and handling multiple projects or activities.

  • May require travel. (Recruiter will provide more details.)

Education and Experience:

Must be enrolled or completed an MSc and/or PhD program

  • Majors in Health Services Research, Public Health, Health Economics, Health Policy , Psychology and other Social Sciences, Biology, Statistics and Mathematics

  • Some exposure to research skills and methods through coursework or work is welcome

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

  • Strong organizational skills and strong attention to detail, with proven ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently and effectively

  • Good English and grammar skills

  • High level of proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

Evidera values the health and wellbeing of our employees. We support and encourage individuals to create a healthy and balanced environment where they can thrive.

Below is listed the working environment/requirements for this role:

  • Able to communicate, receive, and understand information and ideas with diverse groups of people in a comprehensible and reasonable manner

  • Able to work upright and stationary for typical working hours

  • Ability to use and learn standard office equipment and technology with proficiency

  • Able to perform successfully under pressure while prioritizing and handling multiple projects or activities

How to Apply

Please complete your online profile by attaching your (a) CV and (b) Covering Letter addressing your suitability to the role and indicating why this project is of interest to you. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a virtual interview via MS Teams.

Diversity Statement

PPD is proud to be an affirmative action employer that values diversity as a strength and fosters an environment of mutual respect. PPD is committed to providing equal employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, pregnancy, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or status within any other protected group.

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