Advanced Course Curriculum in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology:

Graduate studies in the College of Medicine are conducted under the auspices of the Graduate School of the University of South Alabama. The course of study leading to the Ph.D. in Basic Medical Sciences with emphasis in Microbiology and Immunology is a four to five year program. All students entering the program must complete a core curriculum of graduate courses, as described on the Interdisciplinary Basic Medical Sciences Home Page. Students conduct three laboratory rotations and choose a mentor by the end of their first year. The student, the mentor and the Ph.D. Committee choose advanced research and course work Research makes up the majority of the second year through the end of the graduate studies.

Development of students' teaching skills is achieved through participation in the Medical Microbiology Laboratory course for the medical students, through presentations of journal articles in the departmental Journal Club, and through yearly presentation of their research in the departmental M&I Research Forum.

A seven year program is available that leads to the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. Admission to the M.D./Ph.D. program requires acceptance by both the College of Medicine Admissions Committee and the Graduate Program Admissions Committee. Complete information about the M.D. program may be obtained from the Office of Admissions, 2015 MSB, College of Medicine, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688-0002 (telephone 251-460-7176).

The following is a brief summary of requirements that must be met for students who are seeking the Ph.D. degree:

  1. Completion of all requirements of the Interdisciplinary Core Curriculum
  2. Selection of mentor by end of first year
  3. Completion of advanced course work, as developed by the student's dissertation committee.
  4. Attendance and presentations at M&I Research Forum and Journal Club.
  5. Completion of first exam (written qualifier, usually taken in Spring, 2nd year).
  6. Submission of dissertation prospectus.
  7. Completion of second exam (oral defense of research prospectus, usually taken in Fall, 3rd year).
  8. Completion of a research project under the supervision of a faculty advisor and thesis committee.
  9. Written dissertation.
  10. Oral Dissertation Defense (closed; Department & Committee only).
  11. College of Medicine Oral Dissertation Defense/Exit Seminar (open).
  12. Graduate (Maybe ?), go forth and prosper financially and intellectually!

See the Graduate Bulletin and the Interdisciplinary Program for more information.

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