NextGen Training Program
Planned Activities for UNC-CH NextGen Trainees
The purpose of the UNC-CH NextGen Training Program is to develop a cohort of successful, independent, basic, clinical and translational Oral Health Research Scholars who can function as interactive scientists to address the nation's needs in dental, oral and craniofacial research. As designed, our program embraces the full spectrum of basic, translational and clinical research. It includes fundamental mechanisms of human disease, therapeutic intervention, clinical trials, oral epidemiology, social, and behavioral clinical research. Our goal is to create a new cadre of highly interactive scientists who can serve as the next generation of research leaders in academic dentistry and research institutions. A novel aspect of the UNC-CH NextGen Program is that trainees will be guided by preceptors/mentors, many of whom are part of multidisciplinary teams.
In addition to fulfilling the terms and conditions of their admissions/appointments to their curriculum (three Ph.D. degree granting curricula and training in Oral Biology; Health Policy and Management, or Oral Epidemiology; one M.S. degree granting or non-degree curriculum and training for Dentists in Clinical Research; and a postdoctoral fellowship for individuals seeking advanced research opportunities in Oral Biology, Health Policy/Management, or Oral Epidemiology), trainees are required to attend and participate in didactic and experiential activities that are part of the NextGen Core Curriculum. These didactic and experiential activities are listed below:
- Attend and participate in: 1) the Joint Journal Club for all UNC-CH NextGen trainees and fellows. The goal of the journal club is to bring together postdoctoral fellows, pre-doctoral trainees, mentors, preceptors, and NextGen faculty from the various disciplines. The journal club focuses on dental/oral/craniofacial health problems (e.g. caries) where papers from the basic sciences, epidemiology, and health policy are presented and discussed. and 2) Seminars that focus on current oral health problems from the perspective of a panel of multidisciplinary experts.
- Attend and participate in semi-annual UNC-CH NextGen retreats based on topics of common interest and experiences in teamwork development.
- Participate in leadership training through UNC-based short-courses and learning modules as well during NextGen semi-annual retreats to provide exposures to leadership experiences designed to blend trainees from different curricula in joint problem-solving sessions.
- Participate in career development preparation, especially for future academicians.