The Maastricht-Duke bridge: An era of mentoring in clinical research - A model for mentoring in clinical research - A tribute to Dr. Galen Wagner

Loek Meijs, Robbert Zusterzeel*, Hein J. J. Wellens, Anton P. M. Gorgels

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Abstract

Objective: With the passing of Dr. Galen Wagner, an exceptional collaboration between Maastricht University Medical Center, The Netherlands, and Duke Clinical Research Institute, USA, has come to an end. This article focuses on the background of what Galen coined the Maastricht Duke bridge (MD-bridge), its merits, limitations and development throughout the years, and his special role.

Methods: Between 2004 and 2015, 23 Maastricht University medical students and post-graduate students were enrolled in the 4-month research elective, mentored by Galen and the Maastricht co-mentor. They were asked to complete a survey about their MD-bridge experience.

Results: Sixteen out of the 23 students responded. None but 1 participant had prior research experience. Following their MD bridge-program most participants published 1 or more manuscripts and/or presented their research in an international setting. They felt they had full responsibility as a leader of their project with all participants developing meaningful skills useful in their current job. Fourteen out of 16 would recommend the MD-bridge experience to others. Participants considered the program of great value for their personal growth and independence, giving a feeling of achievement. In addition, for some participants it led to careers in foreign countries including medical practice and research, or obtaining PhDs.

Conclusions: With Galen's impressive career of mentoring students, including the 23 MD-bridge participants, he has left behind an amazing concept of self-development in research and personal life. The successes of the MD-bridge prove that it is possible for students to be young investigators during or just after medical school with the potential to contribute to developing meaningful skills and noteworthy careers. Collaborations between international universities, such as the MD-bridge, are feasible and should be embraced by other institutions. Published by Elsevier Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-20
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Electrocardiology
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Research
  • Mentoring
  • International
  • Collaboration
  • Electrocardiography
  • University
  • ELEVATION MYOCARDIAL-INFARCTION
  • VENTRICULAR-ARRHYTHMIA BURSTS
  • ST-SEGMENT ABNORMALITIES
  • BUNDLE-BRANCH BLOCK
  • QRS COMPLEX
  • RISK REGION
  • PRIMARY ANGIOPLASTY
  • FLOW RESTORATION
  • ISCHEMIA INDEX
  • ACUTE ANTERIOR

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