Research Opportunity: CHASE Alliance/SORCE Survey Center

Con­tact Name: Nicole Travis

Con­tact Email: sorce[at]

Depart­ment: Surgery

The Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE) has outstanding opportunities for undergraduate students to become involved in an ongoing project aimed at capturing and incorporating patient-reported outcomes into outcomes assessments for quality improvement (QI) activities and comparative effectiveness research (CER). The Survey Center currently does surveying for multiple projects related to surgical QI and CER. The Survey Center is responsible for complex survey distribution and management across 5-20 sites and 3-5 survey protocols at any given time. Interns working on this project perform daily projects tasks, such as data entry and filing, coordination of mailings, and other tasks or projects as assigned.

Learning objectives:

  1. Become familiar with surgical quality improvement initiatives in the state of Washington
  2. Develop competency for data management of patient outcome questionnaires
  3. Learn about various survey techniques and administration
  4. Perform literature reviews
  5. Build scientific presentation skills
  6. Develop customer service skills
  7. Learn how to handle sensitive information confidentially

In addition to project-related work, students in the SORCE Undergraduate Internship Program complete two small individual research projects and have the opportunity to interact with senior level research staff and faculty members. SORCE Interns are given specific project designations and work independently to meet task deadlines and goals. Upon demonstrated ability, interns may be given long-term projects to manage.

SORCE ( is a multi-disciplinary research center focused on improving surgical outcomes and the quality of patient care on a local, regional, and national level.


Must be able to commit to working 9 hours/week per quarter (including summer). Must be able to make at least a 1 year commitment to the internship. Must take internship for credit (SURG499).

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