The Program for Underrepresented in Medicine for Equity and Diversity (PROUD-MED) is an initiative supported by the ICTS and the Washington University School of Medicine (SOM) to enhance underrepresented in medicine (URiM) faculty development by providing mentored clinical research training, dedicated Research Development Program (RDP) resources, senior faculty support, and group mentorship as a community to integrate with institutional programs.
PROUD-MED will comprise a 2-year cluster training program to recruit 12– 16 URiM trainees (senior residents, clinical fellows or just-appointed clinical faculty) as a cohort. Each PROUD-MED cohort will receive longitudinal support, guidance and advocacy by senior URiM faculty to sustain community and mentee support networks, enabling URiM trainees to launch and sustain clinical and/or translational research careers. PROUD-MED cohort opportunities include mentored clinical training to support career development and progression plans in their area of research; and Research Development Program (RDP) resources, including Research Forums, NIH Mock Study Sections and Scientific Editing Service supports. PROUD-MED will synergize with existing URM programs at our institution through the support of dedicated, institutionally-funded, senior URiM faculty coupled with group mentorship, with an emphasis on tools to help trainees navigate academic structures as an URiM faculty member.
A call for applications for co-directors of the PROUD-MED initiative is now CLOSED.