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Section of Atherosclerosis

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AVB Training Program Details: Guidance of Trainees

Predoctoral Trainees

Preceptors are expected to meet with the predoctoral trainees at least twice weekly and more often if requested by the trainee. The preceptor is responsible for supervision of the student's thesis project, and for ensuring, in conjunction with the student's thesis committee, that an appropriate course of didactic study is undertaken, and for ensuring that all degree requirements are met. The program director and co-director meet with each student on a quarterly basis to provide additional guidance. The preceptor trains the student in the design, implementation, and interpretation of experiments germane to the question under study. The preceptor also trains the student in the art of communicating experimental results in oral and written form. Students are expected to give at least one presentation at a national meeting prior to granting of the degree, and to give an annual presentation to the Internal Advisory Committee. Formal training in scientific ethics is currently provided by Baylor in the form of a series of didactic lectures mandatory for all graduate students. All students are required to take for credit or audit the Core Course entitled "Cell and Molecular Biology of Cardiovascular Systems" (456-410,411,412) so that all trainees, regardless of prior background, have a solid fundamental base of knowledge of the field. Attendance is also mandatory at the weekly AVB Seminar Series, which serves to bring together the participating faculty and trainees (predoctoral and postdoctoral) for presentations of common interest and provides a sense of unity and cohesiveness to the AVB Program. Prior to the last year of training, the preceptor and the program director and co-director meet with the student to assess his/her further career plans and assist the student in finding an appropriate position in academia, industry, or government.

Postdoctoral Trainees

Preceptors are expected to meet at least once weekly with their trainees, and more often at trainee request. The preceptors use their prior experience to guide the trainee in appropriate experimental design and interpretation, in manuscript preparation, in preparation of oral and poster presentations for scientific meetings, in the ethical conduct of science, and in the fundamentals of grantsmanship. Trainees are encouraged to attend the formal grant writing course (320-418) offered through the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Trainees are expected to audit the Core Course in Cell and Molecular Biology of Cardiovascular Systems (45-410,411,412) so that each trainee has a certain basic level of understanding of the principles and problems to be addressed in the field, regardless of prior background. Attendance is also mandatory at the weekly AVB Program Seminar Series, which serves to bring together the participating faculty and trainees (predoctoral and postdoctoral) for presentations of common interest.

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