Event Title

Internship Experience as Spectrum Health Research Statistical Consultants

Location

Exhibition Hall, DeVos Center

Start Date

10-4-2012 3:00 PM

Description

PURPOSE: Our internship provided statistical support for medical researchers and employees at Spectrum Health Research and satisfied the internship requirement for our Professional Science Masters program in Biostatistics. CHALLENGE: Our main challenges were jumping into the projects of past biostatistics interns, cleaning messy data, working with very small sample sizes and applying new unknown statistical techniques as the only on-site statisticians. EXPERIENCE and OUTCOMES: We were statistical consultants in a real world medical research setting and had the opportunity to apply known statistical techniques such as ANOVA, regression and survival analysis while also learning and applying new ones such as equivalence testing and the display of survey data on a national map. We communicated with researchers on diverse data involving such topics as pancreatic cancer surgery, sleep apnea and bedrest duration. IMPACT: While satisfying our master’s degree internship requirement, our statistical support roles allowed us to gain valuable experience in statistical decision making, data analysis and professional consulting.

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Apr 10th, 3:00 PM

Internship Experience as Spectrum Health Research Statistical Consultants

Exhibition Hall, DeVos Center

PURPOSE: Our internship provided statistical support for medical researchers and employees at Spectrum Health Research and satisfied the internship requirement for our Professional Science Masters program in Biostatistics. CHALLENGE: Our main challenges were jumping into the projects of past biostatistics interns, cleaning messy data, working with very small sample sizes and applying new unknown statistical techniques as the only on-site statisticians. EXPERIENCE and OUTCOMES: We were statistical consultants in a real world medical research setting and had the opportunity to apply known statistical techniques such as ANOVA, regression and survival analysis while also learning and applying new ones such as equivalence testing and the display of survey data on a national map. We communicated with researchers on diverse data involving such topics as pancreatic cancer surgery, sleep apnea and bedrest duration. IMPACT: While satisfying our master’s degree internship requirement, our statistical support roles allowed us to gain valuable experience in statistical decision making, data analysis and professional consulting.