Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) 

The UMMS IMSD, “Enhancing the success of underrepresented students in the biomedical sciences”

 

Principal Investigators: Kate Lapane and Brian Lewis
Email: imsd@umassmed.edu

The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) is a predoctoral program funded by grant R25GM113686 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goal of this National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) program is to support educational programs that seek to increase diversity in the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research fields.

The UMMS IMSD, “Enhancing the success of underrepresented students in the biomedical sciences”, provides programming that facilitates the ongoing success of participating students. These efforts include:

1)     Summer onboarding courses that expose entering PhD students to the level of  critical thinking, independent learning and communication skills required for success in the graduate curriculum.

2)     Enhanced faculty advising. Each IMSD trainee is assigned a faculty advisor for one-on-one advising through the end of the second year of PhD study.

3)     Career development and networking opportunities via –

  1. Financial support to attend and present at national scientific and career development meetings
  2. Networking events with UMMS leaders, as well as other local and regional leaders in academia and industry
  3. Close interaction with the UMMS Center for Biomedical Career Development.

 Through these efforts, the UMMS IMSD expects to positively impact the training experience of supported trainees. This impact will translate into higher completion rates, shorter time to degree, and successful transition to the career path of choice.