Evaluation of TEACH (Training Early Achievers for Careers in Health) Research
The conceptual framework underlying the TEACH Research Program is based on a specific theoretical approach designed to influence adolescent career choice, in this case towards a career in clinical research. The factors responsible for influencing career choice that form the foundation for our investigation are: 1) the importance of role models in career choice; 2) acquisition of knowledge in order to align ambitions; and 3) the participation of students in activities that actively challenge and engage them. These three factors are addressed by the following three components of the TEACH Research Intervention: 1) participation in a research team consisting of a multi-tiered structure of mentors; 2) classroom instruction of clinical research knowledge and career strategies; and 3) a hands-on clinical research experience through an internship on the Hospitalist Project.
The evaluation of TEACH Research (Teaching Early Achievers for Careers in Health) aims to rigorously evaluate a precollege enrichment program in clinical research targeting high school students particularly underrepresented minorities, in order to increase the entry and success of these students into careers in clinical research. Through these measures, the TEACH Research Program will educate high achieving minority students and in turn hopefully encourage and promote these students to think about a career in clinical research.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Evaluation of TEACH (Training Early Achievers for Careers in Health) Research|
- the effect of a precollege clinical research enrichment program [ Time Frame: 13 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]We will use instruments designed to evaluate the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of the high school students. Written surveys will be administered test the acquisition of knowledge of clinical research and career strategies. In addition, a video assessment will be designed to elicit their attitudes towards activities designed to promote a career in clinical research, we will use peer evaluations and research team member evaluations to evaluate ability to work in teams, a key part of any research project.
- factors necessary for a precollege clinical research enrichment program targeting high school students to increase student interest in clinical research [ Time Frame: 13 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]We will survey students as they participate in various aspects of the program using the Experience Sampling Method (ESM). These methods will be used to survey student interest and engagement during participation in various components of the program. Also, to assess the formation of role models, we will use video-based assessments and serial evaluations of students using a tool based on the concept of a microsystem.
|Study Start Date:||June 2004|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||September 2020|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||September 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Behavioral: Evaluation (behavior)
This projects aims to rigorously evaluate a precollege enrichment program in clinical research targeting high school students, and particularly underrepresented minorities, in order to increase the entry and success of these students into careers in clinical research.
Through the components listed in the brief summary, we hope to promote a career in clinical research among high achieving minority students. To determine whether TEACH research generates these benefits, we will recruit a larger number of candidates interested in the TEACH research than we have spots, then randomly assign students to TEACH Research or the standard more didactic enrichment programs already included in the Collegiate Scholars Program. In addition to determine the overall efficacy of the program, we will study how aspects of the program, including the didactic components, mentored research experience, and work experience, and characteristics of the student affect the development of the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors needed for a career in clinical research.
|Contact: David Meltzer, M.D., P.D.||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|United States, Illinois|
|The University of Chicago||Recruiting|
|Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60637|
|Contact: David Meltzer, M.D., Ph.D. 773-702-0836 email@example.com|
|Principal Investigator: David Meltzer, M.D., Ph.D.|
|Principal Investigator:||David Meltzer, M.D., Ph.D.||University of Chicago|