Interdisciplinary research career development: building interdisciplinary research careers in women's health program best practices.

Domino SE, Bodurtha J, Nagel JD, BIRCWH Program Leadership
J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2011 20 (11): 1587-601

PMID: 21923414 · PMCID: PMC3216063 · DOI:10.1089/jwh.2011.3165

BACKGROUND - The Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutes and Centers and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) have sponsored an interdisciplinary research career development program in five funding cycles since 2000 through a K12 mechanism titled "Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH)." As of 2010, 407 scholars have been supported in interdisciplinary women's health research and a total of 63 BIRCWH program awards have been made to 41 institutions across the U.S.

METHODS - In an effort to share practical approaches to interdisciplinary research training, currently funded BIRCWH sites were invited to submit 300-word bullet-point style summaries describing their best practices in interdisciplinary research training following a common format with an emphasis on practices that are innovative, can be reproduced in other places, and advance women's health research.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS - Twenty-six program narratives provide unique perspectives along with common elements and themes in interdisciplinary research training best practices.

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Academic Medical Centers Career Choice Career Mobility Faculty Humans Interdisciplinary Communication Interdisciplinary Studies Mentors National Institutes of Health (U.S.) Organizational Innovation Research United States United States Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Women's Health

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