The Center for Cardiovascular Research has an educational program aimed to train new researchers, create resources for medical students, and reach out to the community. Below is a listing of our current educational efforts.
1. Online Lab Training Materials
The CCR laboratories are used by several learning groups, including graduate students, medical students and the community. When our top scientists spend their hours providing the same training for every new person or group, training becomes costly and inefficient. To streamline this process, we developed an online molecular biology course for new people to learn basic and essential laboratory techniques on their own. Unlike a one-time face-to-face training, this online course is always available, provides consistency, and can be viewed an endless amount of times. It has four modules with 16 topics, enhanced with illustrations and videos. Please visit our website:
2. Instructional Supplements to Medical & Graduate Education
Faculty from different departments at the medical school provide basic science lectures to medical students, and lecturers may change from year to year. This variety can cause inconsistency of material presented with varying degrees of quality and engagement. The CCR is providing the medical education program with high-quality instructional resources that appeal to modern day, tech-savvy learners. For example, an interactive, self-directed instructional module that focuses on heart contraction was developed. While we hope to spark interest medical students in cardiology research, we are also providing a useful resource to beginning graduate students in the CCR or related graduate programs. T
he module can be downloaded below.
3. Preparing New Science and Math Teachers
We recognize that there are severe shortages of teachers certified for math and science at the high school level (ages 14-18) across the State of Hawaii and we are committed to help. We are adding a new cohort to the University of Hawaii’s College of Education’s teacher certification program to prepare more math and science teachers. More specifically, our efforts include:
Targeting individuals with college degrees in math and science and make the teacher certification program nearly free through scholarships
Developing a system to support additional teacher certification program cohorts based on student demand
4. Professional Development for Experienced Science Teachers
Experienced science teachers are valuable members of high school science programs and are important to retain; however, their science techniques may need updating. We recently completed a “Furlough Friday” program and we attracted and trained some of Hawaii’s most experienced science teachers during their days off. Using our researchers and high-tech facilities, we trained 20 of Hawaii’s best science teachers and exposed them to some of the most cutting-edge molecular biology research performed in our labs. This created excitement and provided awareness of the CCR to the community. Ultimately, we hope this kind of training can improve the science scores among Hawaii’s youth.
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