Ben Vinson, a Chrisey Group graduate student, is part of the Bioinnovation PhD program and spent the summer interning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Q: What did you do this summer?

A: I worked at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the department of post market surveillance within the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).

Q: How did you end up there?

A: I am a graduate student at Tulane University in the Bioinnovation PhD program. This program focuses on translational research, with particular emphasis on bringing products to market. Part of the curriculum for this program deals with the regulatory side of translating research to the market and as such has the fellows spend the summer after their first year working at the FDA. This internship allows us to understand the regulation from the perspective of the regulator.

Q: What did you do while working at the FDA?

A: While at the FDA we were each given a project to complete. These projects not only gave us insight in to the FDA’s practices, but also allowed us to contribute meaningfully to the work being done within the department. In particular, our projects saw us dealing with adverse event data in key product areas to establish a reason or reasons for the increasing trend in submitted reports over the last decade. This required us to seek out resources from across the center in many different departments, gaining valuable exposure to the many different facets of the FDA.