[dropcap type=”circle” color=”#ffffff” background=”#1285D5″]>>[/dropcap]Across the RCMI Network, our institutions are putting the educational development and professional enhancement of its graduate, post-docs and faculty at the forefront of their goals. The RCMI institutions design and deliver programs to improve education, health care and delivery, workforce preparation and civic engagement. The institutions help to build knowledge and skills that ensure a deeper understanding of our nation’s health problems and train future health leaders to actively solve those problems. Since 1985, the RCMI institutions have awarded more than 1,100* DVMs (Doctor of Verterinary Medicine, more than 1,300* Ph.D.s, nearly 2,000* Pharm.Ds, and over 10,000* M.D.s.

Dr. Karam Soliman is just one of the many RCMI scientists working to prepare a new generation of medical and health research professionals. Dr. Soliman is the principal investigator and program director of the RCMI program at Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS). In addition to his demanding administrative duties, he is still actively conducting research, overseeing staff and mentoring students. Though he has several patents and numerous recognitions, Dr. Soliman is proud to share that the major accomplishment of his career has been training students. COPPS has graduated more than 60 percent of the African-American Ph.D. recipients in the pharmaceutical sciences nationally, and Dr. Soliman has been responsible for mentoring and directing more than half of those graduates. Many of Dr. Soliman’s graduates continue to conduct research at other institutions and several have remained at the University working directly with him in his lab.

Darling-ReedandGoodmanDr. Selina Darling-Reed’s decision to attend FAMU to pursue her Ph.D. was made easier after meeting Dr. Carl Goodman, a former FAMU Ph.D. graduate and current professor of pharmacology at COPPS and Dr. Soliman. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2008. Dr. Darling-Reed, in collaboration with Dr. Soliman and researchers at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, was able to expand upon research that stemmed from her dissertation. Dr. Darling-Reed looks forward to following in the footsteps of her mentors helping to train more quality researchers that will have a greater impact in the community.

“Mentoring is important; it’s been great working with great scientists such as Dr. Soliman and Dr. Goodman,”

said Dr. Darling-Reed.

Dr. Darling-Reed concluded, “I hope to follow in the legacy of Dr. Soliman and so many others training the scientists who help people in our communities; and to make a difference as a researcher, teacher and mentor.”

The culture of COPPS is to mentor and train students for success and to facilitate a unified understanding of “each one should teach one”. Dr. Carl Goodman serves as a mentor to two post-docs and eight graduate students supported by RCMI funds who work in his lab studying substance abuse and drug abuse. Dr. Goodman credits the RCMI program for reinforcing the importance of training students and providing the faculty with the resources to prepare them to go out into the community. He continued, “RCMI/ RCMI CC has a tremendous impact on how our institutions are able to promote young investigators and enable them to conduct research and interact with other universities.”