The USA College of Medicine offers the Ph.D. degree in Basic Medical Science. Students matriculating into program complete the one-year interdisciplinary core curriculum prior to beginning advanced coursework and focused research training. Students interested in Lung Biology have the opportunity to train with any of the Center faculty. All students in the BMS graduate program receive a stipend ($23,000 since Fall 2008), full tuition waiver, and personal health care insurance. Information regarding extramural funding for graduate training at the USA Center for Lung Biology will be posted to this web site.

Academic requirements for students wishing to pursue advanced training in lung biology include:

Completion of the interdisciplinary core curriculum.

Required advanced courses

IDL 636 Advanced signal transduction (summer, year 1)
IDL 640 Biostatistics and experimental design (summer, year 1)
IDL 630 Lung biology (fall, year 2)
IDL 631 Lung pathobiology (spring, year 2)
IDL 676 Literature reports in lung biology (Research in Progress or RIP)

Recommended electives:

IDL 590  Special topics:  Presentation skills; abstracts
IDL 641 Effective scientific writing (fall, year 2 or year 3)
IDL 650 Special topics in lung biology (offered every Spring term)
IDL 656 Research seminar in lung biology (Pulmonary conference; years 3-5)

Qualifying exam.

For other formal and informal requirements for the doctoral program in Basic Medical Sciences, including overall academic performance standards, see the BMS Student Handbook.

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