Research Education, Training, and Career Development (RETCD)

Students in research disciplines educated outside of medical schools have limited exposure to clinical research, restricting their ability to translate discoveries into clinical practice. Moreover, physicians in training have limited interactions with basic scientists or allied health professionals on the one hand, and negligible exposure to the mechanics and methodologies of conducting clinical research on the other. These training silos create barriers in culture, concept, guild and vocabulary that separate communities of practice, restricting collaborations which optimize bench to bedside translation. To establish a discipline of clinical and translational science (CTS) and create the required multidisciplinary teams, educational programs must expand beyond clinician-scientists to attract practitioners in complementary fields. The Delaware Valley Unit for Research Education, Training, and Career Development (RETCD) will build CTS programs for a diverse community of learners, including underrepresented minority (URM) undergraduates, graduate students, junior faculty, and medical and health professionals. This vision will be realized, in part, by nucleating a regional, cross-consortium home for RETCD education and training activities within a new clinical and research campus being created adjacent to UD. This innovative mixed-use site, incorporating outpatient clinical, educational and residence facilities, will provide unique opportunities for learners across broad communities of clinical and scientific practice to live and work together in multidisciplinary teams that bridge cultural and professional barriers traditionally restricting the translation of laboratory innovations into healthcare solutions. Based at this facility, RETCD will coordinate CTS education and training programs across DVICTS partners, introducing the paradigm of multidisciplinary team science at the earliest point along the training continuum. To achieve these objectives, RETCD will:

  • Aim 1.Integrate programs across DVICTS institutions to develop curricula that train multidisciplinary teams in CTS.

  • Aim 2. Create future leaders in CTS by developing a K12 mentored training program.

  • Aim 3. Expand educational programs to specific target audiences, including underrepresented minorities and healthcare professionals, to create a diversified workforce and potentiate community engagement in CTS.