In the Fall of Year 1 in the program, trainees select a laboratory of one of the TTPAS mentoring faculty not from the home program to engage in a 10-week research experience. Laboratories include settings conducting “wet” (bench laboratory) and “dry” (quantitative/computational) research. Clinical research settings are excluded from rotation options since every Fellow will participate in the Clinical Module.
If the student’s prior home program rotation experiences are in “wet” laboratories, the student must select a “dry” laboratory, and vice-versa. This requirement ensures that all TTPAS students are exposed to research in both basic and population sciences. At the end of the rotation, students are required to submit a written report to the program faculty member directing the laboratory. The report includes a description of the activities and results of any experiments or analyses performed by the student.
The program is designed to teach how to develop projects. The ability to differentiate between which paths to follow and which to abandon is of critical significance to innovative investigators. TTPAS challenges students to learn to make these critical decisions from the beginning of their research careers.