Translational Workforce Development

The goals of iRISE's Translational Workforce Development module are to enhance and extend interprofessional training at UTHSC to all stages of career development and to incorporate training in health equity, biostatistics, biomedical informatics, and translational research that is vertically integrated with existing programs into all inter-professional training programs.

Implementation

To further this mission, iRISE will expand, improve, and align two existing doctoral programs with a goal of enhancing training in skills critical for development of an interdisciplinary workforce ready to engage in clinical and translational research. In addition we also offer a range of tailored multi-disciplinary educational offerings.

New Training Opportunities

Doctorate Level Programs:

Our integrated, interprofessional program “Promotion of Health Equity through Interprofessional Scholarship“ (PHIS) prepares health professions students for participation in team-based research in clinical aspects of health disparities. Our objectives are:

  1. Create and implement a course addressing Health Professions, including an orientation to the skills and roles of different health professions and the necessary competencies for working in interprofessional teams
  2. Integrate concepts of health disparities, epidemiology of chronic disease, and community advocacy into this course and into other existing curricular structures in each of the health professions colleges
  3. Introduce a monthly Research Seminar Series which introduces learners to translational research, its basic precepts, and its application to addressing issues of health disparity

Expanded College of Medicine Program:

The UTHSC College of Medicine’s "Medical Scholar’s Program" is being extended to include all doctoral programs at UTHSC, and adds value-added training in research ethics, biostatistics, biomedical informatics and health equity. UTHSC medical students have the opportunity to perform productive, publishable research for a year (between 2nd and 3rd years of medical school) under the supervision of an established mentor and mentorship committee. Our goal is to enhance the research training experience and to develop a pool of physician scientists.

Our objectives are:

  1. Adapt the Medical Scholar’s Program, and the related Special Topics course, to present programs in each of the doctoral programs at UTHSC as an institution wide “Health Professions Scholar’s Program” (HPSP)
  2. Devise a weekly seminar series for all HPSP learners to address value-added issues such as research ethics, biostatistics, biomedical informatics and health equity
  3. Develop further opportunities for interprofessional teams of Scholars to engage with the community in clinically meaningful ways through institution of a requirement for a mentored, team-based outreach project
Chair of Medicine The TWD module is led by Dr. Guy Reed Chair of Medicine at UTHSC. Dr. Reed is an NIH-funded translational scientist with a strong history of mentoring and training physician scientists. Dr. Reed leads the Medical Scholar’s Program, and the Medical Student Summer Research Program.
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