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DART Research Track Objectives

Research Design & Methods

  • Objectives: Critically evaluate research literature; Formulate hypotheses and variables; Design, assessments, operational definitions; Sampling techniques, sample size, power; Rating scales, questionnaire/survey design
  • Program Component: Mentored Clinical Research; Research Coordination Course; Research Journal Club; Research Seminar Series; Other Coursework

Human Subjects Protection and Research Ethics

  • Objectives: Learn about principles of Good Research Practice; Understand ethical considerations in conduct of clinical research
  • Program Component: CITI Training Program; Responsible Conduct of Research; Research Coordination Course Research Seminar Series

Data Collection, Management, & Analysis

  • Objectives: Construct plan for data collection & entry; Construct data file management plan; Understand statistical significance; Commonly used statistical tests & software; Interpret statistical output
  • Program Component: Mentored Clinical Research; Pilot Project Funds; Research Seminar Series; Research Resource Unit. GCRC Rotation

Disseminating Research Findings

  • Objectives: Display outcomes data; Scientific presentations; Prepare/submit conference abstracts; Prepare/submit journal manuscripts; Integrate findings into existing literature; Offer caution in interpreting results
  • Program Component: Mentored Clinical Research; Pilot Project Funds; Research Seminar Series; Research Resource Unit. GCRC Rotation

Research Administration

  • Objectives: Secure and maintain IRB approval; Develop and revise study timelines; Prepare and manage budgets; Supervise research staff; Liaison with clinical personnel
  • Program Component: CITI Training Program; Research Coordination Course; Mentored Clinical Research; Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar; Grant-Writing Workshop

Grant Writing

  • Objectives: Learn about funding sources, mechanisms, forms, cycles, and review procedures; Grantsmanship
  • Project Component: Grant-Writing Workshop; Dr. Geller’s Workshop; Research Seminar Series; Mentored Clinical Research; Research Resource Unit

Professional Development

  • Objectives: Career phases and academic expectations; Collaborators, consultants, networking; Time management
  • Project Component: Mentored Clinical Research; Research Resource Unit

Computer Skills

  • Objectives: Searches, software, file sharing
  • Project Component: MUSC Library Services