PRedOctoral PhD and MD research training in TEams

PROmoTE provides a curriculum to develop skills in kidney disease research by immersing students in a novel program of team training and career development of incoming PhD and MD students at UAB20190719 144229

About PROmoTE
PROmoTE trains pre-matriculating GBS PhD students and pre-matriculating MD students for a team summer project (8 weeks) focused on kidney-relevant research with a mentor team composed of PhD and MD scientists with mentoring backgrounds.

Program Dates: May 20, 2020 - July 14, 2020

2019 PROmoTE Scholars


Skills Developed in PROmoTE: teamwork, communication, and critical thinking skills
These three skills will be developed through a new course, Critical Approaches and Clinical Evaluation of Kidney Disease, a series of lunchtime career skills seminars, a one-day annual teamwork retreat, and work with research and clinical co-mentors on a hands-on research project as well as with the mentoring and career development component.PROMOTE Teams Graphic

Aim 1. Establish a summer research program with a focus on kidney disease research and development of critical thinking, scientific rigor, and clinical knowledge in teams.

  • The most unique feature is the formation of teams of a PhD student with a MD student for a summer session with a faculty research advisor and a clinical co-mentor team. This student team will work together on a single research project, with each bringing a diverse and unique set of strengths to the research team.
  • To inform the student team about the science and medicine of kidney disease, we will develop a novel course that will start with the development of critical thinking about disease physiology and end with developing knowledge about clinical analysis of kidney disease pathology.

Aim 2. Teach students the skills that they will need to function successfully in inter-professional research teams and expose students to a variety of inter-professional research teams.

  • To introduce students to this unique team training opportunity, we will have a Teamwork Retreat at the beginning of each summer of PROmoTE directed by Dr. Anthony Hood, UAB Collat School of Business.
  • To facilitate PROmoTE scholars’ understanding of the unique cultures, values, role/responsibilities, and expertise of graduate students and medical students, the recruited students will be exposed to a variety of teams and taught teamwork skills.


Frequently Asked QuestionsPROmoTE logo

Who will I work with?
You will work on a research project in a team of four, which consists of a PhD scientis, a MD Scientis, A PhD student, and an MD student.

How am I matched with the other team members?
After students are selected and accept to be in the program, we will send out a list of the resraserch projects and mentor teams. You will be asked to rank the projects. We will then match students and teams according to the rankings.

When does the program begin and end? 
The program begins with Orientation on Wednesday, May 20th and ends on Tuesday, July 14th. There is some flexibility with start and end dates, please include information in your personal statement explaining any situations. However, you are required to be in the program for 8 weeks to obtain all benefits.

Are there prerequisites for this course?
No, not at all. The course is an introduction to kidney research and critical thinking skills.

What learning opportunities will be available?
Along with your summer research project (about 80% of your time) you will also attend a one day Kidney Teamwork Retreat at the beginning of the summer and weekly seminars led by kidney researchers. You'll also take a 1 hour graduate course called Critical Evaluation of Kidney Disease that includes clinical visits. 

Will this program take the place of the early lab rotation? 
Yes, you can elect to have this program be a loab rotation, and the program pays the tuition. 

What costs are covered?
PROmoTE covers your tuitions for the summer course, Critical Approaches and Clinical Evaluation of Kidney Disease, as well as travel to present your resarch at a scientific conference later in the year. GBS students may elect to have this research training program also have credit towards an early lab rotation. If this is elected, then the program also covers the tuitition for the lab rotation course. 

Do PROmoTE scholars receive a stipend?
Yes, PROmoTE scholars will receive a $5000 stipend for the 8 week program. Students are required to be in the program for 8 weeks to receive the stipend. 

Is the scholar responsible for their own housing costs?

Is parking on campus available? If so, what are the costs?
Yes, parking is available for the summer, and the cost and application can be found at: 

Are funds available for scientific conferences? 
Yes. Each student will be able to elect to attend Experimental Biology or American Society of Nephrology.


Application Deadline: March 15, 2020

Pre-matriculating GBS PhD students and pre-matriculating MD students who are US Citizens or Permanent Residents are eligible to apply


Benefits: $5000 stipend, tuition for summer credit hours, travel costs to present this work at a scientific conference

Contact: Rena Becker - 205-934-2853 or Dr. Jennifer Pollock - 205-975-7525

Funding provided: NIH R25 DK 112731


NIH-funded training grant for predoctoral fellowships for research training in the areas of basic, clinical, translational and epidemiological investigation in renal disease. Trainees pursue up to two-years of research in the laboratory of an established research scientist, under direction of the graduate theme and faculty mentor.

Trainees will carry out an independent research project in the laboratory of a faculty mentor - a basic scientist or clinician investigator or epidemiological investigator experienced in kidney disease-related research at UAB. Current areas of research interest include kidney and kidney-related physiology and pathophysiology research; epidemiology, outcomes and prevention; experimental therapeutics and biomarkers; genetics and functional genomics; and mediators of kidney disease.

Selection of trainees is based on the demonstrated ability of the candidate and his/her career choice and potential for an academic career. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents and have received a baccalaureate degree by the beginning date of their NRSA appointment as well as being enrolled in a research PhD program at UAB.

Contact: Rena Becker - 205-934-2853 or Dr. Jennifer Pollock - 205-975-7525

Funding provided: NIH T32 DK 116672