Course Description:
Medical education has been based in scientific discovery. With the rapid increases in medical discoveries and clinical volumes, there has been a national shift in graduate medical education focus to clinical care and systems-based practice. In an effort to provide a comprehensive residency training experience, it is essential to incorporate opportunities for all residents to experience the broader professional roles of physicians, including educator, advocate, and investigator. Thus, the UAB Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency Program has teamed up with the researchers of the section of Cardio-Renal Physiology and Medicine to develop an innovative translational research mini-curriculum for resident trainees.

The goals of this curriculum are to:
  • To advance trainees’ understanding of basic and translational science to better understand the future roles of personalized medicine and molecular diagnostic testing in clinical care.
  • To provide trainees a hands-on experience to apply diagnostic modalities to organ based physiology and biochemistry, as it relates to clinical medicine.
  • To provide an experience of interprofessional approaches to translational research.

We have designed TRIM, a one-day course targeting PGY-1 Internal Medicine residents. In small groups led by PhD and MD faculty, trainees will begin with discussions of research ethics, experimental design, and philosophy of “Bench-to-Bedside” medicine. Trainees will then participate in hands-on basic science experiences with an emphasis on translational approaches, followed by exercises in data and statistical analysis. At the conclusion of the modules, clinical trainees should have a deeper fundamental knowledge of basic and translational science techniques and applications for clinical care, as well as develop networks for future translational research opportunities.

We Need Host Labs. Please contact us if you would like to participate! Great teaching opportunities for the trainees in your lab!

Dr. Kelly Hyndman

Ms. Kanika Savage