A novel educational pathway to develop translational scientists and PA educators
AAPA ePoster library. Curtis G. 05/17/17; 180496; 92
Gail Curtis
Gail Curtis
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Purpose: Describe a novel 5- to 7-year educational program creating clinical translational scientists and clinician faculty with an aptitude for research by combining a Master of Medical Science (MMS) in Physician Assistant Studies with a PhD in Molecular Medicine and Translational Science (MMTS) offered at a school of medicine in the southeastern United States. Description: The program targets students interested in clinical or community research with emphasis on translational science to improve human health and advance research that seamlessly connects bench science, the patient bedside, and the community. Students graduating with the MMS-PhD will be basic scientists trained to function successfully in the clinical environment and with considerable professional flexibility. They will be able to lead human clinical trials, fill workforce gaps caused by shortages of physician scientists engaged in research trials, teach in research and health professions educational programs, or conduct their own translational research within academic health centers. Applicants for this dual degree pathway are recruited from a pool of applicants interested in graduate education in biomedical research and translational science. Dual acceptance into the program occurs within a competitive process after successful matriculation into the research-intensive PhD program within the institution's graduate school. Applicants must have completed all published PA program prerequisite requirements to be considered for admission. Students can apply for the dual degree program during one of the first three years of the PhD program. The dual degree program is aligned with a molecular medicine concentration, because this program provides strong exposure to physician scientists engaged in clinical and human-related lines of inquiry. They will begin preclinical year in the PA Program after completing their thesis defense. The program is designed to accommodate up to four dual degree program students per year. Financial support for the pilot phase included partial tuition waivers, financial traineeship and scholarship awards, and job placement assistance. Outcome measures will assess student performance to peer learners, job placement in faculty and research-related careers within the first three years after program completion, success of graduates in acquiring extramural grant funding within the first three years after program completion, and employer and graduate satisfaction f...
Purpose: Describe a novel 5- to 7-year educational program creating clinical translational scientists and clinician faculty with an aptitude for research by combining a Master of Medical Science (MMS) in Physician Assistant Studies with a PhD in Molecular Medicine and Translational Science (MMTS) offered at a school of medicine in the southeastern United States. Description: The program targets students interested in clinical or community research with emphasis on translational science to improve human health and advance research that seamlessly connects bench science, the patient bedside, and the community. Students graduating with the MMS-PhD will be basic scientists trained to function successfully in the clinical environment and with considerable professional flexibility. They will be able to lead human clinical trials, fill workforce gaps caused by shortages of physician scientists engaged in research trials, teach in research and health professions educational programs, or conduct their own translational research within academic health centers. Applicants for this dual degree pathway are recruited from a pool of applicants interested in graduate education in biomedical research and translational science. Dual acceptance into the program occurs within a competitive process after successful matriculation into the research-intensive PhD program within the institution's graduate school. Applicants must have completed all published PA program prerequisite requirements to be considered for admission. Students can apply for the dual degree program during one of the first three years of the PhD program. The dual degree program is aligned with a molecular medicine concentration, because this program provides strong exposure to physician scientists engaged in clinical and human-related lines of inquiry. They will begin preclinical year in the PA Program after completing their thesis defense. The program is designed to accommodate up to four dual degree program students per year. Financial support for the pilot phase included partial tuition waivers, financial traineeship and scholarship awards, and job placement assistance. Outcome measures will assess student performance to peer learners, job placement in faculty and research-related careers within the first three years after program completion, success of graduates in acquiring extramural grant funding within the first three years after program completion, and employer and graduate satisfaction f...
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