Scholarly Concentration in Translational Research

UTMB School of Medicine students may participate in the Scholarly Concentration in Translational Research (SCiTR) which offers a variety of ways to enroll within the concentration. Students will have the opportunity to participate in Problem-Based Learning groups in which they will work with HPTM graduate students.

This scholarly concentration features:

Interprofessional team building with graduate students.

  • Students will develop skills of collaboration and teamwork, through a number of courses, seminars, and enrichment activities involving students in the Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine (HPTM) graduate program.

Opportunity to design and execute translational research projects in multidisciplinary teams.

  • By participating in an intensive translational research design course during the summer between years 1 and 2, students will obtain the necessary conceptual skills for conducting translational research. They will also identify mentors for projects for their research electives in years 3 and 4.

Active and inquiry-based learning.

  • Instruction features problem-based learning, guided inquiry, and small group instructional methods, which recapitulate and model the scientific method. Learning sessions aim to promote independent problem-solving, analytical thinking, and skills for autonomous life-long learning.

Preparation for further professional development in academic medicine.

  • Graduates will be very competitive for additional training pathways, including academic residency programs, Honors Thesis Program, Masters in Medical Sciences Program, Masters in Public Health, or Clinical Science Graduate Program.

SCiTR Director

HPTM Leadership

Judith F. Aronson, MD