Introduction and Orientation

The two-hour session introduces the internship program and the Core to the new hires. Interns are informed with their primary responsibilities, expectations, and requirements, as well as the technical support and statistical resources available at the Core. Program coordinators also stay after the presentation to answer questions, help with computer set up, etc.

Collaboration and Communication

The one-hour session covers topics on collaboration and communication commonly seen in the Duke collaborative research setting, such as collaboration vs. consultation, the Core collaborative model, professional communication (written and verbal), Rindskopf’s and Grambow’s rules of communication, strategies for dealing with mistakes.

SAPs and Project Management

As a biostatistician, good project management skills are vital in order to achieve data transparency, traceability, and reproducibility. The one-hour session covers two main parts of project management: SAP and file organization/documentation. The purpose and process of writing a statistical analysis plan (SAP) are elaborated with templates and examples. Readme files, efficient ways of file organization and naming files are introduced with examples.

Coding and Data Manipulation

R and SAS software are introduced in a total of eight sessions. Each software is introduced at a basic level first and then extended to a more advanced level, followed by a homework review session. The sessions cover various contents from frequently used commands/procedures, efficient coding skills, tables and plots to functions/macros.

Reporting and Statistical Sections

In addition to the SAP, the importance and process of writing analysis reports and statistical sections in manuscripts are introduced in the one-hour session. Components of reporting at the Core, reporting standards and guidelines for scientific journals are addressed with examples, followed by a short team practice and discussion.