Program Overview

Our Multidisciplinary Research Training Program in Lung Disease is designed to train outstanding MD and PhD scientists for investigative careers as full-time members of a faculty of a medical school or university, or for careers in full-time research. Trainees benefit from an environment in which MD and PhD scientists from clinical and pre-clinical departments have teamed effectively to forge productive collaborations in basic and translational research. The program constructed for MD trainees is integrated with their previous and concurrent clinical experiences to provide them with investigative tools to address important pulmonary disease-related questions. The program constructed for PhD trainees will provide a clinically relevant pulmonary and critical care medicine focus for their subsequent research careers.

The main focus of this program involves intensive training in a single area of research in the laboratory or clinic/hospital under the supervision of a team of faculty mentors combined with broad-based exposure to a multidisciplinary approach to lung-related research. Molecular, cellular/tissue, animal modeling, genetic, epidemiologic, bioinformatic, and patient-oriented approaches are utilized.

The program offers personal instruction designed specifically for each trainee, as well as a core curriculum, small group workshops, seminars and courses, and opportunities for advanced degree training. This curriculum will provide the trainee with a broad knowledge of modern biomedical science, didactic and experiential training in the intellectual and philosophical approach to modern investigation, as well as develop writing and teaching skills and correct deficiencies in past scientific training.

The strongest asset of this training program is the quality of the faculty mentors and their commitment to a multidisciplinary and translational approach to research questions of common interest.