The SRTP lecture series meets from 8:00 am until 9:00 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays (schedule may vary due to conference room availability and lecturer's schedule). The purpose of the lecture series is to provide a broad overview of glucose homeostasis, how abnormalities in this process result in diabetes, and how diabetes leads to problems with health. Another goal of the lecture series is to provide an understanding of unresolved problems in diabetes and a context into which you can integrate your particular research efforts. The lecture series is also beneficial because it brings all program participants together twice/week.
The lectures are a required component of your research experience and should not be viewed as lectures that you experienced (or should I say suffered) during medical school. These lecturers will be a mixture of the standard lecture format and a research seminar. In addition, the lecturers emphasize research approaches and interpretation of research results. The lectures are meant to stimulate discussion and to identify areas of diabetes care in which research may make a difference in the lives of patients with diabetes. We strongly encourage interactions with lecturers during these sessions. Most lecturers are preceptors in the program. A light breakfast will be provided prior to each lecture.
The Medical Student Summer Research Training Program is supported by the Vanderbilt Short Term Research Training Program for Medical Students (NIH grant DK007383) and the Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center (NIH grant DK20593).