Exito Exito!A mentorship program opening in June at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio encourages Latinos to pursue careers studying how cancer/disease affects minorities differently.

April 13, 2011, is the extended application deadline for Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training.

The ideal candidate is a Hispanic or Latino master’s degree-level student or a master’s degree-trained health professional, but all ethnicities are welcome to apply. Go here for more info or to apply.

Éxito! consists of:

  • A 5-day Summer Institute in June 2011 that offers teaching, tools and resources
  • Paid Internships (Starting in 2012)
  • Doctoral Biannual Retreats (Starting in 2014)

The hope is that Èxito! participants will go on to earn doctoral degrees and conduct research on why Hispanics and Latinos suffer worse outcomes from cancer and chronic disease. These newly minted researchers would bring knowledge of language, culture and socioeconomic issues that could pave the way for novel studies.

“We hope that training new Latino researchers will increase the proportion of Latinos in cancer control research, which in turn will increase the amount of work being done to reduce cancer health inequalities that affect the Latino population,” said Dr. Amelie Ramirez, director of Éxito! and the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center. The IHPR is the research team behind SaludToday.

For questions on the program, please e-mail us at wittenburg@uthscsa.edu or sanmiguels@uthscsa.edu.

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