OVERVIEW: An important goal of the SC CTSI is to develop pipelines for clinical research professionals with deep roots in our local communities. Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School provides a unique opportunity to attract high school students into biomedical research. Bravo is a public high school focused on pre-health education and located adjacent to USC's Health Sciences campus. Bravo’s student population is representative of the local neighborhood and graduates routinely attend top-tier universities. The SC CTSI will leverage a twenty-year collaboration in STEM education between USC and Bravo to introduce students to clinical and translational research.

GOALS: To attract future leaders in health and medicine to careers in clinical and translational research. 

CURRENT STATUS: We developed a structure for a live program of internships in which Bravo students will participate on clinical and translational research teams for two hours per week for a semester, or for up to 20 hours per week on a mentored project. Other components include workshops on clinical trial fundamentals, and career fair presentations by SC CTSI faculty and staff. We will be launching a hybrid program comprised of live and virtual opportunities set to begin in fall 2021.

Questions about the initiative

Allison Orechwa
Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation; Interim Program Manager, Healthcare Delivery Science

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.