The overall goal of the TCDC is to produce a critical mass of Hispanic oncologists and cancer researchers so as to address the burden of cancer health disparities in unrepresented minorities and underserved communities by providing an integrated program of research and didactics. This will be accomplished through research experiences at both MDACC and UPRCCC and a new Cancer Education Core that will enhance and expand the experiences of trainees in Puerto Rico.
The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) has established a strong Training and Education Program in Cancer Research, grounded on a solid collaboration between the UPR Medical Sciences Campus and University of Texas (UT) MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC). The inter-institutional agreements provide for participation of students from any campus within the UPR System. An Educational Pipeline comprises a series of didactic and research experiences; combined MD/PhD Program, summer experience program, on-campus UPR sponsored research experiences, seminar series, faculty development, and scientific collaboration among faculty and trainees. These activities are supported by a structured Mentoring Program for students and junior investigators. The mentors are world renowned scientists and physician scientists from MDACC and the UPR.