Training and Education for Investigators and the Community
The Institute boasts several successful student programs, where local high school and college students have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience working in a scientific and research environment. Many of the students in the programs usually go on to medical school, with LA BioMed’s mentoring and coaching program yielding a nearly 100% admission rate. Many of the students go on to obtain their Master’s and Ph.D. degrees and have successful careers in the field of medicine. One of LA BioMed’s student alumni now serves as a program officer at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
LA BioMed’s student programs include:
- The Minority Access to Research Centers (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U*STAR) Program was created by the National Institutes of Health-National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) to increase the number of biomedical and behavioral scientists particularly from underrepresented groups. The MARC program is designed to successfully prepare students for Ph.D. programs in biomedical sciences, which include biology, chemistry, psychology, mathematics, and computer science.
Students participate in the MARC U*STAR program during a consecutive 24-month period, typically during the junior and senior years of undergraduate school at participating institutions. Each institution is encouraged to design a program that sets measurable goals and specific objectives against which the program will use for self-assessment and evaluation for continual institutional improvement and funding.
>During this time, students are encouraged to participate in various training opportunities, including a summer research experience at a research-intensive institution such as LA BioMed. LA BioMed serves as a potential site for U*STAR students to carry out research projects under the guidance of LA BioMed’s faculty. Since 1999, LA BioMed has played host to a number of students in the MARC U*STAR program, helping to enhance their academic and research development.For more information, please call (310) 222-3624 or e-mail slaidlaw@LABioMed.org.
- The Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program – a Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) program – was designed to enhance the research environment at minority-serving institutions, with an overall goal to increase the interest, skills, and competitiveness of students and faculty in pursuit of careers in biomedical research. RISE participants include faculty and students who have the opportunity to conduct research at various institutions, one of which is LA BioMed.
The RISE Program provides flexibility in faculty and student development activities, as well as an opportunity for development of the institution’s research and education capability. In order to evaluate the efficacy of program activities, each institution is required to set its own goals and measurable objectives that are based on self-assessment, and to identify anticipated milestones for achievement.
California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) is one such recipient of a RISE award. At CSUDH, the RISE Program supports the scientific development of 12 undergraduate students, selected from the departments of biology, chemistry, physics and psychology, and is under the leadership of Dr. Laura J. Robles, Dean of Graduate Studies.
In addition to a research experience, students participate in workshops in bioinformatics, writing comprehension skills, psychology careers, GRE preparation, student career development, Latinas Juntas, and a biomedical research seminar series. RISE funds also support an academic year seminar series featuring minority scientists from throughout the country.
For more information, please call (310) 222-3624 or e-mail slaidlaw@LABioMed.org.
- LA BioMed Summer Fellowship Program
As part of its commitment to reach out into the local communities in which it serves, for more than 30 years LA BioMed has offered a unique opportunity for outstanding high school seniors to work in a scientific and medical research environment so they can gain firsthand experience in biomedical research. As part of LA BioMed’s Summer Fellowship Program, just a handful of students are chosen each year by a committee consisting of LA BioMed and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center faculty members for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
First established in 1978, LA BioMed’s Summer Fellowship Program receives more than 100 student applications each year, with 18 students being accepted each summer. Students who are selected for the program spend eight weeks assisting assigned mentors, who are accomplished medical scientists, in the study of topics such as the nature or progression of diseases, the efficacy of medications, and many other vital areas of scientific research.
At the end of the summer, students participate in a Culmination Ceremony where they are able to present posters summarizing their research projects, and a select few are also chosen to give oral presentations.
The program has proved to be a breeding ground for some of the most accomplished physician-researchers today. Many former program participants have gone on to attend and graduate from medical school or graduate school, and eventually return as post-graduate physicians or fellows at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
For more information, please call (310) 222-3624 or e-mail slaidlaw@LABioMed.org.
LA BioMed also provides the most current online training and education resources for its investigators.
Some of the online training resources available include:
- Welcome to the online version of the “HIPAA” test.
In accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), all personnel working at LA BioMed must demonstrate an awareness of the need to treat patient medical information with confidentiality. Working in a medical research environment means that personnel, even those not directly working with patient information, may come into contact with such information. To this end, all employees must read an informational booklet (found under Useful Resources) and take and pass a test on their knowledge about proper handling of confidential patient medical information. The test consists of 18 multiple choice questions. After completing the test, you will be given a score; if you pass the test, you will receive a certificate which is your evidence of successful completion.
Before taking the test, you can review the information needed to pass the test by accessing the informational booklet.
- Welcome to the online version of the “Protecting Study Volunteers in Research” test.
Key personnel involved in human subjects research must demonstrate familiarity with the regulations governing research involving human beings, by passing this test with a score of 85% or more. The test consists of 50 multiple choice questions. After completing the test, you will be given a score; if you pass the test, you will receive a certificate which is your evidence of successful completion.
Before taking the test, you can review the information needed to pass the test in a number of ways:
1. Read “Protecting Study Volunteers in Research.” Dunn, C McG and Chadwick, G. Center Watch Publications, 1999 (a second edition is also available). This is available on loan from the front desk of the Parlow Library. Read pp. 1-89.
2. Attend a presentation of “Protecting Human Study Volunteers,” given at least bi-annually as part of the Responsible Conduct of Research course. Presentations are widely advertised.
3. View a videotape of “Protecting Human Study Volunteers.” This is available on loan from the front desk of the Parlow Library.
4. View the slides from “Protecting Human Study Volunteers” on the Compliance Office website on the LA BioMed Intranet.
- Welcome to the online version of the “Good Clinical Practices” test.
Key personnel involved in the conduct of research involving human subject must also demonstrate familiarity with Good Clinical Practices (GCPs) as set forth by the International Harmonization Committee and accepted by the FDA. After viewing or attending the GCP course, one must take and successfully pass a test regarding GCPs. After completing the test, you will be given a score; if you pass the test, you will receive a certification which is your evidence of successful completion.
Before taking the test, you must view the video presentation (see link below) or attend the LA BioMed GCP course (Parts I and II) which is offered once a year.
Stewart A. Laidlaw,Ph.D.