Population-based research are necessary to handle rising points in well being disparities amongst populations.
The Partnership between the Moffitt Cancer Center (MCC) in Florida and the Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences (PSMHS) in Puerto Rico (the PSMHS-MCC Partnership) was developed to facilitate high-quality analysis, coaching, and neighborhood outreach specializing in the Puerto Rican inhabitants in the island and in the mainland, with funding from the National Cancer Institute.
We report right here the institution of a Tissue Biobank at PSMHS, modeled after the MCC tissue biorepository, to assist translational analysis initiatives on this minority inhabitants.
This facility, the Puerto Rico Tissue Biobank, was collectively developed by a staff of primary and medical scientists from each establishments in shut collaboration with the directors and medical college of the tissue accrual websites.
The efforts required and challenges that wanted to be overcome to determine the first practical, centralized cancer-related biobank in Puerto Rico, and to make sure that it constantly evolves to handle new wants of this underserved Hispanic inhabitants, are described.
As a end result of the collaborative efforts between PSMHS and MCC, a tissue procurement algorithm was efficiently established to amass, course of, retailer, and conduct pathological analyses of cancer-related biospecimens and their related clinical-pathological knowledge from Puerto Rican sufferers with most cancers recruited at a tertiary hospital setting.
All protocols in place are in accordance with normal operational procedures that guarantee prime quality of organic supplies and affected person confidentiality. The processes described right here present a mannequin that may be utilized to attain the institution of a practical biobank in comparable settings.
Students’ notion of the studying setting at Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba: a follow-up examine.
Xavier University School of Medicine admits college students primarily from the United States and Canada to the undergraduate medical program. A earlier examine carried out in June 2013 used the Dundee Ready Educational Environment Measure to measure the academic setting and impression of totally different instructing and studying strategies in the program.
The current examine goals to acquire details about college students’ perceptions of modifications in the academic setting, which underwent modifications in instructing and studying, in January 2014. Information was collected about the contributors’ semester of examine, gender, nationality, and age.
Students’ perceptions of the academic setting have been documented by noting their diploma of settlement with a set of 50 statements grouped into 5 classes. Average scores have been in contrast amongst totally different teams.
The imply whole and class scores have been in comparison with these of the 2013 examine. Sixty of the sixty-nine college students (86.9%) who enrolled in the undergraduate medical program participated in the survey.
The majority have been male, aged 20-25 years, and of American nationality. The imply±SD whole rating was 151.32±18.3. The imply scores for college students’ notion in the survey classes have been notion of instructing/studying (38.45), notion of academics (33.90), tutorial self-perceptions (22.95), notion of environment (36.32), and social self-perception (19.70).
There have been no important variations in these scores amongst the totally different teams. All scores besides these for educational self-perception have been considerably greater in the current examine in comparison with the earlier one (P<0.05). The above outcomes will likely be of specific curiosity to varsities that plan to transition to an built-in curriculum.