Division of Cardiovascular Diseases Strategic Plan

Goals in Cardiovascular Research Training

3.1. Meet current and anticipated future training needs of the cardiovascular scientific research community with an appropriate balance between basic, translational, and clinical investigation

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Overview

The various training mechanisms within DCVD, in aggregate, facilitate virtually all phases of career development for highly qualified, productive, and independent researchers in the field of CV disease. Certain mechanisms also target particular categories of scientists such as clinical or basic researchers or areas of research such as emerging disciplines. Key elements in this process are the quality of mentoring and a guarantee of protected research time. The ultimate purpose of the full complement of training programs is to promote a smooth and efficient path for promising individuals to become expert and productive investigators. Furthermore, our programs must continue to attract highly promising candidates to provide a mix of basic, translational, and clinical researchers that maximizes the translation of newly gained knowledge into clinical application in the battle against CV diseases.

Strategies to Accomplish this Goal May Entail:

  • Continued and improved contact with the extramural community to determine common impediments to scientists in their career development through individual interactions with trainees at scientific meetings, and through organized meetings of directors and selected participants (mentors, trainees) of institutional training programs.
  • Continued emphasis on the mentoring component within all training programs with measures to identify and disseminate successful mentoring techniques.
  • Obtain feedback from all awardees to determine the most relevant variables in the path to successful independent research careers.
  • Monitor the relative distribution of trainees involved in basic, translational, and clinical research.
  • Extend or expand training opportunities in CV research to ancillary health sciences or additional medical subspecialties such as nutrition, psychiatry, and physical therapy.

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September 2008

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