Long-term tracking demonstrates effectiveness of a partnership-led training program to advance the careers of biomedical researchers from underrepresented groups

Autoři: Beti Thompson aff001;  Mary A. O’Connell aff002;  Karen Peterson aff003;  Michele Shuster aff004;  Marilyn Drennan aff001;  Helena Loest aff002;  Sarah Holte aff001;  Julian A. Simon aff005;  Graciela A. Unguez aff004
Působiště autorů: Public Health Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington, United States of America aff001;  Plant and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States of America aff002;  Administrative Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington, United States of America aff003;  Department of Biology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States of America aff004;  Clinical Research and Human Biology, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington, United States of America aff005
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(12)
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0225894


The demographic profile of the biomedical workforce in the U.S. does not reflect the population at large, raising concerns that there will be insufficient trained researchers in the future, and the scope of research interests will not be sufficiently broad. To diversify and expand the pool of researchers trained to conduct research on cancer and cancer health disparities, a series of training activities to recruit and train primarily Hispanic students at both the undergraduate and graduate level were developed. The strengths of both a Hispanic Serving Institution and an NIH-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center were leveraged to develop appropriate research training and professional development activities. The career progression of the participants and degree completion rates was tracked, along with persistent interest in biomedical research in general and cancer and cancer health disparities research in particular for these underrepresented individuals. Finally, this report demonstrates that these training activities increased general knowledge about cancer among participants.

Klíčová slova:

Basic cancer research – Biodiversity – Careers – Graduates – Hispanic people – Surveys – Trainees – Undergraduates


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