The overall objective of the faculty recruitment program is to attract investigators that will further the development of Meharry's capacity to conduct clinical and translational research.

Specific Objectives of the program are:

  1. To establish a cadre of investigators engaged in sustained, independent clinical research who will serve as career models and mentors for developing clinical and translational scientists at Meharry.
  2. To provide skilled leadership for the Clinical Research Center which will enable the unit to offer proactive, robust, and efficient services for clinical and translational research related to health disparities.

The faculty recruitment program is relevant to public health because it will increase the number of scientists at Meharry who are conducting research that directly involves patients. In addition, because the research focus of Meharry is health disparities, the faculty recruitment program will specifically focus on investigators that understand the myriad of reasons for the striking differences in the health status of different sectors of the American public, and will focus on ways to eliminate these disparities.

The faculty recruitment program intends to recruit a magnet physician-investigator and a second physician-scientist who, together with current faculty, will furnish a model of clinical science as a primary career commitment. The investigators who are recruited will be expected to demonstrate specific methods of implementing translation research for the junior faculty members. They will be serving as mentors for the junior faculty members and will be utilizing various methods of communications, to lead by way of example. As part of this endeavor, the magnet scientist will be expected to "take charge" of the Clinical Research Center, and use it as an instrument to develop junior investigators into independent, career scientists as well as to deepen our understanding of human health.

For additional information please contact:

Russell E. Poland, Ph.D
Director of Recruitment

Supported by the National Institute On Minority Health And Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U54 MD0007593.