The didactic component of the HTRC will be conducted in the Department of Biostatistics, which offers a Master’s in Clinical and Translational Science (MCTS) degree. The MCTS is a two-year program with one year of course work and a year of mentored research leading to a grant application ready to be submitted for competitive review. The Mentored Research Project (MRP) completed by the scholar in the HTRC will fulfill the mentored research requirement for the Master’s degree. The primary objective of the MCTS program is to teach scholars how to apply the principles and methods of clinical and translational research through didactic curricula, research seminars, and mentored research. We anticipate that scholars with minimal training in clinical research will go through the MCTS program in its entirety. Those entering the program with sufficient training will be exempted from the MCTS training after approval by the EAC and Program Director.
To provide a broad knowledge base, scholars will attend didactic lectures on hemoglobinopathies and technical related topics developed by HTRC mentors and other Augusta University faculty; they will be given weekly for 12 weeks.
Scholars will attend a monthly Sickle Cell Center seminar series given by outside speakers. Scholars will present a published paper in journal club format and give updates of their MRP. To culminate HTRC training, scholars will present their research findings at a Grand Rounds.
In the first quarter, all scholars will attend the mandatory Hemoglobin Variants Lab rotation lead by Dr. Ferdane Kutlar. This rotation will teach them how to interpret diagnostic hemoglobin tests and the application of PCR-based techniques to the diagnosis of hemoglobinopathies. The scholars also have the option to do other rotations to learn specialized techniques required to achieve their MRP.
To implement the ICDP, scholars will have an option to pursue specialty courses such as to address career development deficiencies.