The summer medical student will be involved in a range of qualitative and quantitative research activities and writing projects for our psychosocial and behavioral studies regarding melanoma risk reduction, treatment for melanoma, and genetic testing as related to skin cancer. Specifically, the student would assist with synthesizing and identifying key themes from interviews conducted with advanced melanoma patients regarding their experiences with a new drug to treat their disease, and from focus groups conducted with Latinos regarding their attitudes about skin cancer and genetic testing. Additionally, the student would assist with quantitative analysis of data regarding sun protection use and decision making among family members of melanoma patients.
The student would also assist in manuscript development and conference presentations for the research studies described above. As such, it is important that the medical student have strong analytic and writing skills, including the ability to synthesize qualitative descriptive narratives, identify recurring thematic patterns, and report key findings in manuscripts intended for publication.
This placement provides an excellent opportunity for research career development in a healthcare setting through the development of public health research skills applicable to all areas of medical research. Opportunities to attend departmental and institutional didactic seminars will also be available.