Specific Curriculum and Course Requirements

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

Course

Course
Title

Credits

Pathology

Track

Pathology
Immunology Track

Pathology Cell & Molecular Biology Track

Pathology
Biomedical Neuroscience Track

Responsible Conduct in Research*

Required

Required

Required

Required

GMS-PA 510

Medical Immunology

2

Required

Elective

Elective

GMS-PA 700

Basic & Experimental Pathology

4

Required

Required

Required

Required

GMS-PA 710

Principles of
Basic and Applied Pathology

2

Required

Required

Required

Required

GMS-MS 700

Elementary Biostatistics**

2

Required

Required

Required

Required

GMS-FC-701

Module I: Foundations in Biomedical Sciences

2

Required

Required

Required

Required

GMS-FC-702

Module II: Foundations in Biomedical Sciences

2

Required

Required

Required

Required

GMS-FC-703

Module III: Foundations in Biomedical Sciences

2

Required

Required

Required

Required

GMS-FC704

Module IV: Foundations in Biomedical Sciences

2

Required

Required

Required

Required

GMS-PA 800/PA 801S

Pathology Seminar

2

Required

Required

Required

Required

GMS-PA 801

Special Topics in Pathology/Fall Semester^

2

Required

Required

Required

Required

GMS-PA 801S

Special Topics in Pathology/Spring Semester^

2

Required

Required

Required

Required

GMS-PA 900/PA 900S

Pathology Laboratory Rotations***

2

Required

Required

Required

Required

GMS-PA 901/901S

Pathology Research

Varies

Required

Required

Required

Required

GMS-CM 761/762

Critical Thinking

4

Required

GMS-CM 765/766/776

Mini Course

2

Elective

Required

GMS-CM 900/900A

Cell & Molecular Laboratory Rotations

Required

GMS-MI 713

Comprehensive Immunology

4

Required

GMS-MI 715

Advanced Immunology

4

Required

GMS-MS 703

Neurosciences

4

Required

GMS-PM 700

Molecular Neurobiology & Pharmacology

4

Elective

Elective

Required

 

Suggested Electives


GMS-AN 700S

Histology

6

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

GMS-AN 702

Neurobiology of Learning & Memory

2

Elective

GMS-AN 707

Neurobiology of Aging

2

Elective

GMS-AN 808

Neuroanatomical Basis of Neurologic Disorders

2

Elective

GMS-BI 786

Biochemical Mechanisms of Aging

2

Elective

Elective

Elective

GMS-MI 714

Genetics of Microorganisms

2

Elective

Elective

GMS-MI 717

Growth Control & Transformation

4

Elective

Elective

GMS-MI 718

Advanced Virology

4

Elective

Elective

GMS-MM 701

Genetics & Epidemiology of Disease

2

Elective

Elective

GMS-MM 703

Cancer Biology

2

Elective

Elective

Elective

GMS-MM 707

Organ System Diseases

2

Elective

Elective

GMS-MS 781

Human Genetics

4

Elective

Elective

Elective

GMS-MS 783/784

Molecular Basis of Neurologic Disease

2

Elective

Elective

Elective

* Responsible Conduct in
Research is presented by Boston
University, requires
participation in 4 sessions of 2 hours each, usually 1 session per semester.
Required for all students prior to graduation. Results in an NIH certificate.
Information at
http://www.bu.edu/orc/rcr/

** SHP EB 703 or 723 may be
substituted

^ Two Special Topics
courses are required for PhD students in the Pathology Track and one is
required in the PhD Program Immunology Track, Cell Biology or Neurosciences
Tracks

# Participation/attendance
in the Departmental Friday Seminar is required through all terms of study and
research, 2 course credits are given for one term (Beginning in 2nd
year for Cell Biology Track)

*** Three laboratory
rotations are required in the first year of study (may be reduced with prior
research experience)
Students will give a 10 minute oral presentation after each laboratory rotation

For all students pursuing
the combined MD/PhD degree: PA510 (Immunology) and PA700 (Pathology) requirements are fulfilled by the medical curriculum