BIRCWH Scholars are expected to commit up to 75 percent of their time to research on a project related to women's health that they have designed and proposed. Scholars should meet with their department chairs prior to applying for the BIRCWH program to ensure this time commitment is guaranteed. Chairs and directors must be aware that BIRCWH provides partial support of faculty salaries.
Scholars may be required to take core curriculum courses or substitute formal training as approved by the BIRCWH directors. Additional didactic courses may be required for individuals who may not have sufficient experience in research methods or the latest information on important issues in women's health. The curriculum can be tailored to meet the Scholars' experiences and academic background. The curriculum will include:
- didactic course work;
- attendance at selected clinical research seminars;
- attendance at the BIRCWH seminar series;
- attendance at selected journal clubs, seminars and training programs;
- participation in experiential initiatives related to compliance and regulatory agencies;
- completion of a protege/mentor training program;
- attendance at a one-day, off-campus retreat twice a year; and
- completion of a mentored research project culminating in the submission of a proposal to a nationally recognized funding agency.
Scholars who participate in the BIRCWH program come from diverse disciplines and research experiences. Mentors and faculty work with scholars to design research programs that meets their individual needs. Curricular requirements also are reviewed and tailored to enhance each scholar's development. Scholars may submit an individually designed curriculum for approval by the program directors. This commitment to meeting individual needs is strengthened through the establishment of supportive research teams and coaches.
All Scholars are required to attend selected clinical research and BIRCWH seminars. These 90-minute seminars address topics important to the professional and career development of scholars, mentors and coaches. Seminar topics range from general research skills to specific issues in women's health.
Scholars are required to submit periodic progress reports to the BIRCWH directors.