The long-range goal of activities at Meharry supported by NIMHD Endowment Program for Increasing Research and Resources Capacity is to develop a research capacity and infrastructure supportive of basic, translational, clinical and community-based research focused on eliminating health disparities. One of the acknowledged gaps in the nation's ability make significant inroads toward eliminated minority health disparities is the absence of a critical mass of clinician (physician and dental) scientists. Current trends in NIH funding suggest that scientists most likely to be recruited and retained in clinical research and subsequently obtain NIH funding are dual degree (M.D. /Ph.D. or D.D.S. /Ph.D.) recipients. Therefore the objective of the current application to endow highly integrated initiatives that will positively impact the above national priorities by 1) diversifying the future manpower in science; 2) increasing the number of physician- or dental-scientists;and 3) improving the written and oral communications skills of trainees (pre- and post-doctoral), particularly M.D./Ph.D. and D.D.S/Ph.D. students, and faculty investigators. It is widely known that communications skills in reading, writing and speaking clearly are crucial to scientific We plan to accomplish the goals of this application by pursuing the following two specific aims: 1. To expand and strengthen M.D./Ph.D. training and initiate a D.D.S./Ph.D. program at MMC;and 2. To develop an Office for Enhancing Scientific Communicating. This project will be a college-wide collaboration among the MMC School of Dentistry, the School of Graduate Studies and Research, the School of Medicine and the Office for Research. MMC is uniquely poised to execute this project given its long and successful history in training minority dentists, physicians and biomedical scientist MMC is a designated health professional School under the category of Certain Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Public Health Relevance

This project will establish an innovative model for dual degree (M.D./Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D.) training of underrepresented minorities. It is predicted that such individuals will make a significant contribution to translational and clinical research in the futue and positively impact the nationwide priority of eliminating health disparities.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
Type
Research and Institutional Resources Health Disparities Endowment Grants -Capacity Building (S21)
Project #
3S21MD000104-14S1
Application #
8933611
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZMD1-SRC (99))
Program Officer
Stinson, Nathaniel
Project Start
2001-09-30
Project End
2017-07-31
Budget Start
2014-09-26
Budget End
2015-07-31
Support Year
14
Fiscal Year
2014
Total Cost
$250,000
Indirect Cost
Name
Meharry Medical College
Department
None
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
041438185
City
Nashville
State
TN
Country
United States
Zip Code
37208
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