Doctoral Tracks

pathwaysAll graduate students in our department earn a Ph.D. in  Anatomy & Neurobiology through one of three tracks. Doctoral students complete 64 credits of classwork and research, as well as a dissertation. Students earning the combined M.D./Ph.D. degree complete advanced courses in our department, as well as doing their research and writing their dissertation under the guidance of one of our faculty members.  All students in the department complete courses in Experimental Design, Current Topics in Neuroanatomical & Neurobiological Sciences , Professional Skills for Students in the Biomedical Sciences, Teaching in the Biomedical Sciences and the Vesalius Structured Teaching Practicum.

Anatomy Track

In addition to a dissertation research project, this doctoral program emphasizes formal training and mentored practical experience in teaching as part of our Vesalius Program.This program is designed to emphasize instruction and training in the subjects and skills needed by future faculty members who expect teaching to be a major component of their career.

Anatomy and Neurobiology Track

This doctoral program includes courses in Anatomy and Neuroscience within the Medical School curriculum as well as a number of advanced courses within our department and related departments at the Medical School. This program is designed to produce well-rounded biomedical scientists who expect to include teaching and research in their career portfolio.

Neurobiology Track

This doctoral program includes core courses in Systems Neurobiology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Methods in Neuroscience, and Neuroanatomy as well as a number of advanced courses in Neurobiology within our department and related departments at the Medical School.

M.D./Ph.D. Program

Medical students who are interested in pursuing a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree usually begin the doctoral part of their program after completing 1.5 or 2 years of the Medical School curriculum. Thus they have already completed many of the courses required for the Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology. After completing the doctoral program they return to the Medical School curriculum and receive the combined degree when their entire program is completed.