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Read about how Melissa Cervantes, a student at Holy Names High School, embraced her first mentored, hands-on clinical research experience at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, ultimately presenting her work at a national conference and increasing her exposure to career possibilities in the biomedical sciences.
Betsy Myers, program director for medical research, describes the particular career obstacles that many physician scientists face in the form of extraprofessional caregiving burdens; how this informed the creation of the Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists; and what early program evaluations have revealed about its success protecting careers so far.