The Mid-Atlantic Center for AIDS Research Consortium Scholars Program: A Multi-Institutional Approach to Mentoring the Next Generation of Underrepresented Scientists

Mid-Atlantic Center for AIDS Research Consortium

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BACKGROUND: There is an urgent need to intentionally develop and expand mentoring for junior faculty from underrepresented communities in the area of HIV research. Such a goal is increasingly recognized as essential across all scientific fields because profound disparities exist regarding which doctorally prepared individuals ultimately end up entering research fields in academic settings. The purpose of this article is to describe a novel inter-Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) program designed to support underrepresented scientists in research to address the HIV epidemic in the Mid-Atlantic region. METHODS: Three CFARs in the Mid-Atlantic region (the District of Columbia, Johns Hopkins University CFAR, and University of Pennsylvania CFARs) developed a Scholars program designed for underrepresented minority scholars interested in studying the HIV epidemic in the region. The program provided resources for scholarship as well as cross-institutional mentoring and training. RESULTS: Scholars in the first cohort have been successful in implementing novel research that informs our understanding of the HIV epidemic in the region as well as increasing skills, publications, and grant submissions and funded applications. Lessons learned from the first cohort will inform future years of the MACC Scholars Program. CONCLUSIONS: The MACC Scholars Program offers a model for other inter-CFAR collaborations wishing to find novel ways to support the next generation of scientists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S124-S127
JournalJournal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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