Tinsley R. Harrison Translational Research Training Program Overview
The Tinsley R. Harrison Translational Research Training Program was founded by the Department of Internal Medicine in 2006 to provide residents and fellows in Internal Medicine the unique opportunity for initial research training as a means of enhancing research career development. It is envisioned that trainees in this program will receive instruction and practical experience in either basic or patient-centered investigation in a resource-rich and mentored environment away from the demands of patient care and other clinical obligations. A major goal of this program is to train the translational research faculty of the future from within our own ranks.
Specifically, this program will provide residents and fellows the opportunity for a more formalized research experience and will provide training in fundamental techniques in a wide range of disciplines reflecting the ever increasing multi- and cross-disciplinary nature of biomedical research. To accomplish this goal, the program will provide a complete research experience for the resident or fellow in training or offer a preliminary phase of training for faculty at the Assistant Professor or Instructor level who are considering an extended research training program in a mentored environment.
The Tinsley R. Harrison Translational Research Program also provides an important mechanism for both basic scientists and fledgling physician researchers to interface with WFUHS’s numerous clinical trials and clinical research endeavors. The Program seeks to overcome traditional barriers that hinder basic science application to clinically relevant questions.
The Tinsley R. Harrison Translational Research Program reflects the dedication of the Department of Internal Medicine to fostering research career opportunities for our residents and fellows and for embracing a culture of inquiry. This program will develop from within our own multidisciplinary teams of researchers capable of solving the challenges of complex diseases and helping at a local level to prepare the Department to usher in a new era of participatory and personalized care.