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What will you learn and experience?

We distinguish our self from other programs through an emphasis on improving the persistence of community college transfer students by the incorporation of the career development framework of the UCSD School of Medicine faculty development program. The  model, which  was developed from a longitudinal study of qualitative and quantitative data,  has successfully worked with underrepresented minority junior faculty to improve their retention in careers in academic medicine.

HCOE-RMTL offers a comprehensive research laboratory training for middle & high school, community college, and undergraduate students. The program consists of 40 hours of basic science methodology training for students with no formal research experience. 

Topics Covered

Laboratory and Safety Training

Volume Conversions and Pipetting

Mass Conversions and Weights and Balances

pH and pH meter

Moles and Molarity and serial Dilutions

Preparing Buffer Solutions

Absorbance/ Spectrophotometry

Enzyme Kinetics and Plotting


Eight-Week Course Curriculum

The eight-week Summer Research & Experimental Design Course curriculum includes: Week 1: Orientation and Introduction. HCOE Scholars and UCSD SOM faculty discuss the processes the preparation, recruitment, job description, retention and promotion structure for academic faculty. Selection of a summer research project after a review of various projects. Projects cover a range of topics in basic science subjects, protein chemistry, enzymology and genetics. Basic science projects demonstrate research methodology in a simple framework format. Week 2: Computer literature searches for research proposals. Concurrent training in the following systems: PubMed, ROGER (a UCSD On-line Catalog) MELVYL; MEDLINE; Weeks 3 - 8: Experimental Design. The student plans a research project or program, learns to write papers for publication, and learns to apply for research fellowships. Students learn to write grants with a focus on a) Researching and Presenting the Problem; b) Stating the Objectives and Hypothesis; c) Developing and carrying out the Experimental Design; e) Evaluation of the Research Project; and, f) Using computer databases. 



Students improve their communication skills with peers and professionals, expand their goal setting and decision making skills



 Study skills with an emphasis on improving the student’s ability to organize and learn large volumes of material in short periods of time.



Students participate in adventure-based team building courses, meeting professionals and bonding



Understanding the institutional culture  of the colleges and the workplaces that transfer student may encounter in the future is critical to success.



An important part of managing the college experience and transitioning into the profession is learning to maintain a work life balance.



The program is designed to increase the recruitment, retention, and success of underrepresented and disadvantaged groups in health professions. 

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