Curriculum and Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree
|We are pleased to announce that as of September 1, 2012 the Department of Pathology is participating in the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS) which offers training towards the PhD degree by integrating the foundations of interdisciplinary biomedical research with focused investigation and preparation for career advancement.
In the first year PhD students will participate in the Foundations in Biomedical Sciences (FiBS) core curriculum as well as have the opportunity to select elective courses focused on area-specific interests. Additionally, trainees will engage in laboratory rotations, in journal clubs and research seminars. Trainees will work closely with a faculty advisor in the development of an individual plan that will be tailored to serve specific research and professional goals. After selection of a laboratory, students will join the program/department with which the mentor is affiliated and continue advanced studies towards candidacy
GENERAL : A course of study and laboratory experience extending over 1 – 2 years is followed by a qualifying examination which is taken within one semester after completion of required course work. The proposal for dissertation research is then developed and presented to the dissertation committee; the research is performed under the guidance of the major adviser with the help and advice of the committee.
The Director of Graduate Studies serves as a curriculum adviser to all students in the first two years of the program and approves the course registration forms. After the required courses are completed, the student’s research adviser provides direction in the choice of additional courses.
There is an emphasis on integration of basic experimental and clinical aspects of pathology in the program. Students are encouraged to attend research and clinical seminars and discussions at the Medical School.
|Example of a typical curriculum (Credit numbers in parentheses)|
First year Fall
FIBS, Modules I, II & III; PA710-Principles of Basic & Applied Pathology; MS700-Biostatistics and RCR
|First year Spring||FIBS, Module IV; PA700-Basic & Experimental Pathology; PA801S-Special Topics; PA900-Lab Rotations and RCR|
|Second year Fall||BI755-BiochemistryA; PA801-Special Topics; PA901-Pathology Research and RCR|
|Second year Spring||BI782-Molecular Biology; MI715-Medical Immunology; PA800-Pathology Seminar and RCR|
|Years 3 – 5||Directed Studies|
|Responsible Conduct of Research is presented by Boston University, requires participation in 4 sessions of 2 hours each, usually 1 session per semester and results in NIH certificate. Information here.|