Mentoring Opportunities

Mentored Career Development Program (KL-2) was initiated in June 2006 with a call for applications from junior faculty from the School of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, and College of Nursing. Based on a NIH-style competitive application process, three scholars were selected in 2006 by a scientific review panel to receive 75% salary support for up to 5 years to dedicate time to developing their research portfolios.

The KL-2 program supports the research career development of clinical researchers who have recently completed professional training and who are commencing basic, translational and/or clinical research.  The goal of this program is to foster the discipline of clinical research and, by increasing clinical research capacity, to expedite clinical and translational research. 

The Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) continues to accept applications from highly qualified candidates from across the country each year.

Faculty Mentor Development Program - an online training which will allow faculty members to learn about different aspects of mentoring. The training is presented in modules, each of which offers cases that document individual scenarios, solutions, and tools, which are discussed in detail.

Learning Opportunities

The CTSC’s Translational Workforce Development program provides the HSC translational science workforce an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to advance translation of discoveries. A key priority for this program is to create a generation of scientists trained in interdisciplinary, transformative translational research with skills to engage in effective collaborative partnerships.  CTSC’s TWD offers the following courses and modules for HSC faculty, staff and students. 

  • Affordable Care Act & Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
  • Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)
  • FDA Training
  • Team Science
  • Integration of Clinical Research and Emerging Technologies
  • Commercialization
  • Research in Rural Communities
  • Research with Electronic Health Records
  • Grantsmanship Orientation
  • Key elements of Grant Writing Workshops
  • Mentor Training
  • BERD Training Modules
  • RSK Training Modules
  • The Story of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
  • Drug Rescue, Repurposing and Repositioning

Undergraduate Pipeline Network Summer Research Experience (UPN)

The undergraduate pipeline network summer research experience seeks to cultivate students' interest in research while helping them attain skills needed to apply for and succeed in post-baccalaureate education. The program provides the opportunity for students to choose from several areas of research at the University of New Mexico's Health Sciences Center. The program period covers 10 weeks in the summer and scholars participate in the program a minimum of 40 hours per week.

Certificate in Clinical and Translation Science (CCTS)

The Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) program is designed to meet the needs of a variety of learners who are seeking exposure to clinical and translational research competencies.  The CCTS, along with the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Research concentration (MS-BIOM-CR), is an educational initiative to integrate and expand the reach of biomedical research from the laboratory to clinical and medical practice: promoting a bench to bedside to community effort. Increasingly, pressing global health problems have led educators to accelerate the training of clinical, basic science, and translational researchers. Therefore, this program will provide students the basic tools necessary to translate scientific discovery into actionable solutions.

Certificate in University Science Teaching (CUST)

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine is internationally recognized for educational innovation and superb educational resources. Accordingly, the Certificate Program in University Science Teaching (CUST) is one of a handful of programs in the country that offers biomedical scientists formal training in education and teaching. 

Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (BSGP)

The BSGP includes both MS and PhD degrees. This program offers you an exciting opportunity to gain a broad understanding of the biomedical sciences in a spectacular southwestern setting of unsurpassed beauty, rich cultural heritage and geographic diversity.

Master's of Science in Clinical Research Program (MSCR)

The MSCR is a multidisciplinary competency-based concentration which uses adult learning principles as its foundation and incorporates 12 domains of study. These domains were selected based on a "straw man" process drawing on the domains of competency of successful clinical and translational researchers. The MSCR concentration has been developed to ensure that all learners have the opportunity to develop competency in these twelve domains. The concentration encompasses a 38-credit individualized learning experience with a 14-credit core curriculum (required), 14-credits of electives, 4-credits of seminar, and a 6-credit thesis. Objectives are linked with formative and summative assessments to provide learners with sufficient feedback to gauge their progress in attaining the competencies.

MD/PhD Program

The MD/PhD program is designed to provide comprehensive training in both clinical sciences and a basic biomedical science discipline. The intent of the program is to provide students with an integrated and cohesive training experience while obtaining the MD/PhD degree. Students participate in activities common to both programs while involved in the medical school curriculum or engaged in PhD dissertation research.

Academic Science Education and Research Training (ASERT)

The Academic Science Education and Research Training (ASERT) program for postdoctoral fellows provides three years of support to fellows wishing to achieve excellence as both educators and research scientists in biology, bioengineering, and biomedical sciences. ASERT capitalizes on the outstanding interdisciplinary research opportunities and internationally recognized educational resources at the University of New Mexico. Trainees enhance job competitiveness by developing an individualized learning plan that allows completion of courses or training tailored to their career goals as well as hands-on teaching experience with outstanding education mentors at partner minority-serving institutions across New Mexico (CNM, NMSU, and SIPI).