Information for medical students considering working with the DeBaun team.


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Background

Our clinical laboratory has a tradition of mentoring medical students for research experience that last several months to a full year. As the previous Director of the Doris Duke Medical Student Medical Research Program at Washington University School of Medicine for 8 years, Dr. DeBaun was responsible for coordinating research experiences for over 50 medical students that elected to spend a year of intensive research experiences in basic, clinical or translation. In addition, while at Washington University, the following medical students spent an entire year working in his clinical laboratory (Drs. Boyd, Glassberg, Wangler, Jennings, Ross and Burns). Each student in his laboratory has averaged at least one manuscript resulting from the work that they performed. Several have published multiple manuscripts, presented at international meetings, and won medical school awards including at least one national medical student research award. Most recently at Vanderbilt, Rachel Wolf, a Vanderbilt Medical School student, has spent one year of intensive research experience, as part of the as part of the Vanderbilt Medical Scholars Program from July 2013 until June 2014.

 

Learning Objectives

General learning objectives for all students and residents in DeBaun laboratory include but are not limited to:

1)      Read assigned literature to establish competency in basic pathophysiology, management and current status of clinical knowledge in sickle cell disease;

2)      Participate in all applicable activities including team meetings, clinic, research, and family centered programs;

3)      Develop and refine ability to read, interpret and communicate literature related to sickle cell disease;

4)      Produce data set, manuscript, presentation, poster or equivalent; and,

5)      Formulate written summary of experience for presentation or report to team

 

Weekly Schedule

Schedule of activities for residents and medical students:

 

 

Monday

 

Independently work on research project

Tuesday

7:45 am

Pediatric Grand Rounds

8:45 am – 12 pm

Sickle cell clinic at Vanderbilt, primarily transfusion

12:15pm-1pm

Vanderbilt-Meharry-Matthew Walker weekly team meeting at Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center discussing patient issues and relevant topics to providing care in community health setting

1pm-6:30pm

Sickle cell clinic at Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center

Wednesday

1pm -230pm

Clinical research operations meeting

Thursday

 

Independently work on research project

Friday

8-9am

Pathways team meeting at Vanderbilt with presentations on relevant topics to providing clinical care to individuals with sickle cell disease

9am-12:30pm

Sickle cell clinic at Vanderbilt

Saturday

9am-1pm

Sickle cell clinic at Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center (2 Saturdays per month)

 

One-year research program

Medical students seeking an opportunity to expand their medical education through research will be exposed to a wide variety of experience. Including but not limited to learning to critically evaluate medical literature, composing research questions, planning and executing patient oriented research studies, and writing and presenting data clearly and concisely. Each student will be expected to work on three projects over the course of the year:

 

1) Developing and implementing a hypothesis driven cross-sectional or prospective study (typical minimum requirement for summer students and one year medical student projects). This project is agreed upon prior to the student entering into the laboratory;

2) Writing a review article or analysis of pre-existing data for publication; and,

3) Participating in clinical or translational project that is already funded and currently being performed.

 

Medical students will be held to high standards in the quality of their work, with guidance from the sickle cell disease and clinical and research teams. Dr. DeBaun meets with the student approximately 2 or 3 times a week individually and at least for 90 minutes during the weekly laboratory meetings. Additional opportunities include involvement in weekly patient care team meetings, evidence based team meetings for the care of children and adults with sickle cell disease, patient centric community activities, and attending sickle cell disease clinic in a community health center for children and young adults with sickle cell disease or asthma.

 

Medical students interested in pursuing an intensive patient oriented research experience in Dr. DeBaun's laboratory, should contact him scd@vanderbilt.edu

 

Third year medical student research elective

Time duration-3-4 months

Responsibilities-Medical students seeking to fulfill the research requirement of their medical education will be exposed to a wide variety of experience. Including but not limited to learning to critically evaluate medical literature, planning and helping to carry out clinical and translational research investigation, composing research questions, and writing and presenting data clearly and concisely.

 

Medical students interested in pursuing an intensive patient oriented research experience in Dr. DeBaun's laboratory, should contact him scd@vanderbilt.edu

 

Potential projects-Projects should include goals capable of accomplishment within the research time period. Options include but are not limited to: developing a research question, writing a protocol and achieving any necessary institutional approvals, writing a review article or analysis of pre-existing data for publication, participating in recruiting, data and regulatory management and organization of existing research project

 

Fourth year medical student research elective

Time duration-1 month

Responsibilities-Medical students seeking an opportunity to expand their medical education through a research elective during the fourth year will be exposed to a wide variety of experience. Including but not limited to learning to critically evaluate medical literature, composing research questions, planning future patient oriented research studies, helping to carry out existing research protocols and writing and presenting data clearly and concisely.

 

Students will be expected to present to the clinical and research laboratory teams on at least one occasion. Additional opportunities include involvement in weekly patient care team meetings, evidence based team meetings for the care of children and adults with sickle cell disease, patient centric community activities, and attending sickle cell disease clinic in a community health center for children and young adults with sickle cell disease or asthma.

 

 

Medical students interested in pursuing an intensive patient oriented research experience in Dr. DeBaun's laboratory, should contact him scd@vanderbilt.edu

 

Potential projects-cleaning data and analyzing existing data set, writing manuscript from existing data set and results, writing a protocol for a future study, participating in recruiting, data and regulatory management and organization of existing research project.

 

 

Resident elective

Time duration-2-4 weeks

Responsibilities-Residents who wish to spend a portion of their hematology/oncology elective with the sickle cell team should plan to be integrated with the clinical and research teams for the duration of participation. Including but not limited to attending all clinic activities and team meetings, reading the assigned literature and presenting on a topic related to sickle cell disease knowledge or management.

 

Schedule for first week of sickle cell electives in addition to required activities

 

Week 1:

Complete all assigned paperwork and appropriate tasks from new lab member checklist (including for Vanderbilt, research governance and applicable supervising institution/person).

Read all assigned articles for background information on sickle cell disease.

Begin to formulate topic for presentation, select date and check with Dr. DeBaun.

Finalize goals for research period, if applicable.

Complete personal learning goals.