Duke STAR Program


– The Summer Training and
Academic Research Program is something that we do here at Duke for approximately 10 weeks every summer to bring in high school
students, college students, and some high school teachers into the Duke Clinical Research Institute to get exposure to and
practical experience with a short clinical research program. – I find out about the STAR Program through my career development
coordinator at my high school. I went home, did some more research, looked up the video, saw
how the students work and I was absolutely fascinated and it was kind of right up my alley as far as what I wanted
to do as a career choice. – I did not know much
about clinical research going into the program. I learned that the
researchers who are doing it are basically brought
to the edge of a cliff and told to go further because research often is about trying to understand a process or situation that has never
been explained before. – So we cover a variety
of therapeutic areas in the STAR Program. That includes neonatology, pharmacology, infectious disease and we actually use a large administrative database that we’ve published from
for the last decade or so and that’s a platform for the students to have access to data from which they work on projects and
ultimately publish manuscripts in working with a statistician and mentors throughout the summer. It’s something that directly
benefits the students as they apply for colleges
and graduate schools and medical school, et cetera. – My research topic was medications or the most common
medications and the outcomes in periviable infants during
first hospitalization, so we were looking mainly at
the morbidities, mortality and the medication that was
prescribed to the infants born between 22 to 24
weeks gestational age. – Most students, most people in general have an idea of what clinical
research and medicine are from TV and we really give
them an in-depth picture of what it’s like, with
kind of a day in the life of someone who’s a researcher,
and someone who’s maybe a medical doctor and what
their life might look like and also what the potential options are for careers in science. – Prior to learning about STAR I did not know what I
wanted to do with my life, to be quite frank. I knew I wanted to do
science or technology or pharmaceuticals but I had no idea what outlet I wanted to go down and what route I wanted to take, so as I was in the STAR Program and learning about the
different career fields you could take and
meeting different doctors and different professionals at DCRI, I learned basically about
myself what I was interested in and what I wasn’t interested in and what I wanted to do,
what I didn’t want to do. I got the opportunity to
see a hands-on approach to clinical research and I
learned clinical research is more than just a lab. It genuinely did change
my life ’cause I feel like without the STAR Program I would have approached a career that I
didn’t have much passion for. – The rationale for creating the program came about eight or 10 years ago as our research program in pediatrics became more and more
successful, larger and larger and we became a little
better known as a program and so we proposed to the
National Institute of Health to allow us to set up a program where we actually reached into Durham where they can apply to be in the program and we wanted a much more
equitable way for students to be able to be exposed
to clinical research to become the next generation. (upbeat music)

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