|Graduate Program - Curriculum||
The Master's program consists of course work, primarily in the first year, and research leading to a Master's thesis. Students will be required to complete 24 credits, 12 of which must be in didactic courses.
In addition to the formal, graded courses, students will enroll in IDIM 492 (Research), attend the Institute's seminar series and Special Topics. Once students have completed 24 credits they will also enroll in IDIM 595 (Thesis Supervision).
Students will participate in the Department of Medicine’s Clinical Grand Rounds that are held once a week. Students are expected to attend at least 5 Grand Rounds seminars, generally in their second year. This requirement allows Masters students to interact with physicians, residents, and medical students. As a result, our students will leave the program with a sophisticated understanding of the language used by physicians, and the environment in which physicians and physician-researchers operate. Our students will also be especially well prepared to communicate effectively with clinical professionals and to connect their didactic and research work to the realities of the clinic, thereby strengthening the students' understanding of the continuity of biomedical research from "bench-to-bedside".
Students will select a laboratory for research following one to three 6-week rotations during the first semester. Students will select laboratories for each rotation in consultation with faculty mentors and the program's graduate program director.
M.S. candidates are expected to undertake an independent, original experimental study resulting in a new and significant contribution to knowledge. The research will culminate in the preparation of a thesis and a final oral examination conducted by the student's M.S. Thesis Committee.