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UTMB School of Medicine students may apply for the Translational Research Track, which is a program that allows medical students to participate in dedicated Problem-Based Learning groups, in which they will work with HPTM graduate students for the first three basic science core courses of Year 1.

This track 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.


Enrollment in the track is limited due to the small size of the inter-professional Problem-Based Learning Group.

If you are interested in competing for a spot in this competitive program, please complete and submit the application form by July 17.

Selection of TRT participants is based on review of the application and an interview.

TRT activities, aside from the interprofessional/small group activities, will be available to all School of Medicine students. Students who are interested in translational research, but are not selected for the track, may participate in translational research electives as an alternate track.


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