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Evaluation of TEACH (Training Early Achievers for Careers in Health) Research

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified May 2014 by University of Chicago
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Chicago
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00204035
First received: September 12, 2005
Last updated: May 22, 2014
Last verified: May 2014
  Purpose

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.


Condition Intervention
Healthy
Behavioral: Evaluation (behavior)

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Evaluation of TEACH (Training Early Achievers for Careers in Health) Research

Further study details as provided by University of Chicago:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • 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.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • 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.


Estimated Enrollment: 400
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)
Intervention Details:
    Behavioral: Evaluation (behavior)
    TEACH is a precollege enrichment program for highschool students to encourage and promote these students towards careers in clinical research. To accomplish this, instruments designed to evaluate the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors are administered during their participation in the TEACH program.
Detailed Description:

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.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   7 Years to 17 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

High School students

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Junior high school students in the Collegiate Scholars program

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Students other than junior high school students
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00204035

Contacts
Contact: David Meltzer, M.D., P.D. 773-702-0836 dmeltzer@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu

Locations
United States, Illinois
The University of Chicago Recruiting
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60637
Contact: David Meltzer, M.D., Ph.D.    773-702-0836    dmeltzer@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu   
Principal Investigator: David Meltzer, M.D., Ph.D.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Chicago
Investigators
Principal Investigator: David Meltzer, M.D., Ph.D. University of Chicago
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: University of Chicago
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00204035     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 13199A
Study First Received: September 12, 2005
Last Updated: May 22, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of Chicago:
Training early achievers for careers in health

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on November 24, 2014