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Clinical and translational research capacity building needs in minority medical and health science Hispanic institutions

Estapé-Garrastazu, E.S.; Noboa-Ramos, C.; De Jesús-Ojeda, L.; De Pedro-Serbiá, Z.; Acosta-Pérez, E.; Camacho-Feliciano, D.M.

Clinical and Translational Science 7(5): 406-412


ISSN/ISBN: 1752-8054
PMID: 24841800
DOI: 10.1111/cts.12165
Accession: 052108670

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A preliminary needs assessment was conducted among faculty and students of three minority medical and health science institutions comprising the Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Consortium (PRCTRC). The Web-based survey was focused on evaluating the training interests in the clinical and translational research core areas and competencies developed by the National Institutes of Health-Clinical and Translational Sciences Award. The survey was the result of a team effort of three PRCTRC key function's leaderships: Multidisciplinary Training and Career Development, Tracking and Evaluation and Community Research and Engagement. The questionnaire included 45 items distributed across five content areas including demographics, research training needs, training activities coordination and knowledge about the services offered by the PRCTRC. Analysis of research needs includes a sample distribution according to professor, assistant/associate professor and graduate students. The thematic area with highest response rate among the three groups was: "Identify major clinical/public health problems and relevant translational research questions," with the competency "Identify basic and preclinical studies that are potential testable clinical research hypothesis." These preliminary results will guide the training and professional development of the new generation of clinical and translational researchers needed to eliminate health disparities.

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