Department: Obstetrics/Gynecology

Supervising Faculty Member: Linda Duska

Specialization: Gynecological oncology

Research Focus: Professor Duska conducts clinical trials to improve cancer care. She is also interested in studying health care quality.

Job Description: There are many opportunities depending on the student interest. Students may work in the OR, in the clinic, with clinical research assistants, or doing retrospective chart reviews, depending on their desire for patient contact.

Required Skills/Knowledge: basic computer skills (Microsoft Office); database experience would be helpful; student should demonstrate a strong interest in medicine or public health; students should be comfortable working in a hectic environment and able to request help when they need it.

Required Courses: Any biology course or a course related to public health will be useful

Training: Student will obtain permission to work in patient areas once being hired.

What You Will Learn: Through this research-work opportunity, you will: 1) understand the goals and limitations of clinical research; 2) be able to critically read and decipher a clinical trial; and 3) experience the clinical interaction between patients and providers.

Suggested Reading:  

Atul Gawande, “Letting Go: What Should Medicine Do When It Can’t Save Your Life?” The New Yorker, August 2, 2010.

Jerome Groopman, “The Right to a Trial: Should Dying Patients Have Access to Experimental Drugs?” The New Yorker, December 18, 2006.

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