Duke Health Data Science Internship Program

Speaker(s): Shelley Rusincovitch, Managing Director, Duke AI Health

The Health Data Science Internship Program is a partnership between the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), which hosts and manages the interns, and Duke Forge, which convenes and catalyzes the projects interns are assigned to. Projects are part of the Forge Demonstration Program in which transdisciplinary teams use machine learning methods and health data to “demonstrate the art of the possible.” The HDS internship program is structured as a 17-month program. Interns work under the direction of quantitative experts, are paired with biostatistician staff mentors, and receive dedicated technical and professional skills training including a summer journal club, weekly one-on-one sessions between interns and mentors, and weekly meetings with the faculty quantitative lead.

Shelley Rusincovitch, MMCi is the Managing Director of Duke AI Health. Ms. Rusincovitch was one of the original staff members recruited to join Dr. Rob Califf’s new center for health data science at Duke in 2017. She has since been instrumental in shaping the strategic initiatives, program development, and operations across Duke and its emerging focus on the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning for the betterment of health. Specializing in healthcare data for secondary research, she is an informaticist and technical leader with more than 15 years of experience in research at Duke. As Managing Director, she works closely with Duke AI Health Director Michael Pencina and serves as the senior operations leader with responsibility for developing and implementing the vision, strategy, and goals that enable AI Health to become a national and global leader in ethical and equitable health data science.

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Megan Deyncourt