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Title Animal Research - Advanced Training
Long Title Vanderbilt University "When is Advanced Training Necessary?"
Contributor Elizabeth Heitman, PhD
elizabeth.heitman@vanderbilt.edu
CTSA Vanderbilt
Case Study Provided Quentin is a 4th year surgery resident, spending a research year working in Dr. Elder's lab at Underfunded Private University College of Medicine (UPUCM). During a poster session at a professional meeting, he gets into a conversation with a post-doc from Progressive Medical University (PMU) about their experience with a particular rat model. Quentin is surprised to hear that the post-doc is concerned about preventing discomfort for the rats during a procedure that Quentin had always been told was painless. Additionally, the post-doc seems surprised when Quentin asks about a practice that is prohibited at PMU. After some discussion, Quentin confesses that although he has always had good procedural skills with his patients, he really doesn’t like working with rats. He learned some of his rat technique from Dr. Elder at the beginning of his program, but has had to teach himself several procedures as his research has progressed. Since he doesn’t know anyone else who uses these procedures, Quentin complains that he hasn't had anyone at UPUCM to ask for help. The post-doc expresses sympathy, but insists that Quentin needs to find someone to help him get his methods up to standard if he wants his project to work.
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RCR Keyword Post-doc
Other RCR Keywords Animal Research, Research Procedures, Resident
Case Difficulty Middle
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Core_Instructional_Areas Policies regarding human subjects_Live vertebrate animal subjects in research_ Safe laboratory practices, Mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships
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Topic revision: r1 - 23 Apr 2012 - 18:10:17 - MaryBanach
 

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