Research and Mentoring
Identification of a research problem and formation of a mentoring committee. This generally occurs for pre-docs during the 1st and 2nd year of graduate training as they take required coursework for their individual programs and complete their laboratory rotations (they will not be supported by the proposed T32 during this period). Identification of a research problem and formation of a mentoring committee will be initiated for post-PhD candidates prior to their arrival at Pitt, but can continue through the 1st 6 months of their arrival. As noted above, pre- and post-doctoral trainees will be expected to identify projects that involve multidisciplinary approaches and their mentoring committees will reflect expertise in those areas. The mentoring committee will also include a clinical faculty member with expertise in the research problem to be studied.
Training for Pre- and Post-doctoral Trainees. The training program consist of three primary elements