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Scholars-in-training for careers in women’s health

The National Institutes of Health has committed $2 million to Wayne State University to train physician-scientists in women’s health research. Michael Diamond, MD, professor of ob/gyn, who is serving as program director for the newly established Reproductive Career Development Research Center, said, "It’s important for current ob/gyn practitioners to continue doing research and to make new progress contributing to improved wellness and healthy living for the next generation of women."

The program will support four physicians at a time, for up to a five-year period, until the researchers "graduate" from the program (which could mean, for example, obtaining independent extramural funding for their projects). When researchers graduate, they will be replaced with new scholars, and WSU expects to provide training for up to eight scholars during the designated period. Candidates are currently being screened through a competitive application process.

Short-term objectives are: to provide mentoring to outstanding scholars; to provide seed money for projects with growth potential; to teach competency in grant-writing and application; and to conduct innovative research.

"The long-term objective is to develop a new generation of physician-scientists who will sustain independent careers in basic, translational, or clinical research related to women’s reproductive health," said Mark Evans, MD, acting chair of ob/gyn at WSU/Detroit Medical Center. The department is proud to be one of only 12 sites chosen across the country to participate in this program.

 

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