Cancer Education Program for New Jersey Medical School

  • Mahon, Gwendolyn (PI)
  • Whitehead, Ian (CoPI)
  • Alger, Elizabeth (PI)
  • Hirschberg, Erich (PI)
  • Hill, George (PI)
  • Ozer, Harvey (PI)
  • Ozer, Harvey (CoPI)
  • Mahon, Gwendolyn Maria (PI)
  • Ozer, Harvey (CoPI)

Project Details


DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The purpose of this project is to support short-term cancer summer research assistantships for students at the University of Medicine and Dentistry-New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), with the ultimate goal of increasing cancer manpower and stimulating them to engage in cancer research as part of their professional activities. The NJMS has a strong cancer research program supported by a diverse faculty who have been providing excellent interdisciplinary training experiences for students in this program since its inception in 1969. In the current application we describe the results of our recent longitudinal outcomes study that indicates that our program has been successful in achieving its goals, as well as describe the new and innovative approaches we are implementing to enhance the core research experience. The present proposal has four specific aims: (1) Continue providing a program of mentored cancer research consisting of an 8-week hands-on experience in a laboratory or other research setting with a faculty member along with a series of structured and new innovative educational activities. A total of 30 positions are requested for matriculated medical students and students entering medical school in the fall including those in the seven-year Baccalaureate/MD degree program. Based on experiences over the past five years, several enhancements to the current program are planned: (a) enhance the visibility of the program via a revised structure and leadership administered through the new NJMS Cancer Research Center, (b) include a short workshop on The Responsible Conduct of Biomedical Research and Effective Poster Presentation Strategies in addition to our existing symposia and weekly seminar series, (c) include attendance at the tumor conferences as part of the curriculum, and (d) include peer networking tools and mechanisms to enhance long term impact of the program. (2) Maintain progress in the expansion of minority student participation in the program. (3) Promote program identity and formative evaluation through new internet based tools. (4) Maintain and build on our existing databases and social network Facebook page to document long-term outcomes of the program. (5) Administer the web-based surveys we have developed to former participants in order to identify other benefits of the program.
Effective start/end date1/1/907/31/16


  • National Cancer Institute: $231,412.00
  • National Cancer Institute: $137,113.00
  • National Cancer Institute: $212,139.00
  • National Cancer Institute: $226,214.00
  • National Cancer Institute: $232,568.00


  • Education
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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