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Curriculum and Mentoring
All pre-doctoral trainees must satisfy the requirements of their respective curricular tracks. Click here for a sample curriculum for pre-doctoral trainees in the Division of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. In addition, the program requires completion of a common core curriculum emphasizing heart and vascular diseases.
All trainees participate in two year-long seminar series. The Research-in-Progress Seminar provides opportunities for trainees to present the concept, design, and content of their research for review and critique. The second series, Research in Cardiovascular Disease, concentrates on current research presented both by Hopkins faculty and invited external scientists. In addition, all trainees participate in weekly journal clubs reviewing relevant research articles.
In addition to the core curriculum and seminar requirements outlined above, almost all post-doctoral trainees complete a masters degree, most often a Masters of Public Health (MPH), during their training, as well as an independent research study.
Careful mentoring has been an essential component of the training program from the outset. All new trainees are linked with a primary mentor, based on their areas of research interest. The primary mentor and the program director maintain responsibility for the trainee's research and career development. In addition, trainees are matched with a senior fellow to help guide and advise them. Trainees meet at least weekly with their primary mentors, and at least every three months with the rest of the mentoring team. The program is arranged so that trainees have immediate access to mentors and other relevant faculty. All mentors and trainees submit a formal review of progress at least twice per year.