Molecular Medicine Graduate Program Track

Molecular Medicine/CVMD Curriculum

All Biomedical Sciences students enroll in a core curriculum during year 1 that is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge for cutting edge research.  The core curriculum is a mixture of didactic, small group discussion, laboratory courses, and laboratory rotations.  The topics begin with simple biological molecules and progress to a comprehensive discussion of systems pathophysiology.  Several Molecular Medicine-related courses are available to advanced students following completion of the core curriculum.

Educational Program Objectives

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Ph.D. PROGRAM STUDENTS: YEAR 1

FALL SEMESTER Courses (all are required)

Course Number

Credits

Introduction to Biomedical Research 

--

0

Current Problems and Research Approaches (CPRA) in...

 --

 

     CPRA in Proteins

BMSP 8330

2.5

     CPRA in Genes and Genomes

BMSP 8340

2.5

     CPRA in Cell Membranes

BMSP 8360

3

Methods in Biomedical Sciences

BMSP 8380

3

On Being a Scientist

INDI 8020

1

Mentored Research (two 5 week lab rotations)

BMSP 8390

1

TOTAL

 

13


SPRING SEMESTER Courses (all are required)

Course Number

Credits

Systems Pathophysiology I

BMSP 8310

2.5

Systems Pathophysiology II

BMSP 8320

2.5

CPRA in Cell Biology and Signaling

BMSP 8350

3

Mentored Research (one 5 week lab rotation)

BMSP 8390

1

Journal Paper Review in MOME

MOME 8600

1

TOTAL

                         

10


SUMMER SEMESTER Courses

Course Number

Credits

Statistical Methods I, (required BMS core course)

BMSP 7320

3

Research in MOME (If you have identified your major advisor & completed the G.R.A.D. Form)

MOME 8730

0-3

Mentored Research (If you have not identified your major advisor, an additional 5 week rotation is necessary)

BMSP 8390

0-1

TOTAL

                        

6

Ph.D. PROGRAM STUDENTS: YEAR 2 and beyond

In addition to the BMS core requirements, PhD students in the MOME track will be required to take the following courses to graduate:

Courses

Course Number

Credits

Seminars in MOME (fall and spring)
     (required in fall and spring semesters of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years)

MOME 8300

1

Advanced Topics in MOME (fall)

MOME 8500

3

Journal Paper Review in MOME (fall and spring)
     (required in fall and spring semesters of the 2nd and 3rd years)

MOME 8600

1

Grant Writing Workshop (spring)

BMSP 8250

2

Curriculum to include advanced electives in Molecular Medicine or other areas to make up the required number of didactic credit hours.

The PhD Qualifying Exam is taken in the fall semester of the second year.
Prior to passing this exam, the student carries out their research under the course Research in MOME (MOME 8730) or in some cases Independent Study in MOME (MOME 8890).   After passing the PhD Qualifying Exam, the student carries out their research under the course Dissertation Research (MOME 9990).  

Students will also usually present a poster or oral presentation in the annual UT Health Science Campus Research Forum and the Pharmacology Research Colloquium.  The Pharmacology Research Colloquium is held on a rotating basis at UTHSC, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.  It is an annual event in which the students of “pharmacology” departments at the respective Medical Schools have participated in since 1973.  These events provide students with excellent opportunities for developing skills in organizing, presenting and discussing their work.

MASTERS PROGRAM STUDENTS: YEAR 1:

FALL SEMESTER Courses (all are required)

Course Number

Credits

Introduction to Biomedical Research 

--

0

Current Problems and Research Approaches (CPRA) in...

--

 --

     CPRA in Proteins

BMSP 8330

2.5

     CPRA in Genes and  Genomes

BMSP 8340

2.5

     CPRA in Cell Membranes

BMSP 8360

3

Methods in Biomedical Sciences

BMSP 8380

3

On Being a Scientist

INDI 8020

1

Mentored Research (one or if necessary two 5 week lab rotations)

BMSP 6390 1

TOTAL

 

13


SPRING SEMESTER  Courses (*=required)

 Course Number

Credits

Journal Paper Review in MOME*

MOME 8600

1

Systems Pathophysiology I*, or
CPRAin Cell Biology and Signaling*

BMSP 8310
BMSP 8350

2.5
3

Electives

 

0-5.5

Research in MOME

MOME 6730

0-5.5

TOTAL

 

9


SUMMER SEMESTER Courses

Course Number

Credits

Statistical Methods I, (required BMS core course)

BMSP 5320

3

Research in MOME

MOME 8730

0-3

TOTAL

                         

6

Successful completion of the MSBS First Year Qualifying Examination is required in summer semester of the first year.

MASTERS PROGRAM STUDENTS: YEAR 2 

FALL SEMESTER Courses

Course Number

Credits

Seminars in MOME

MOME 6300

1

Journal Paper Review in MOME

MOME 6600

1

Thesis Research in MOME 
and/or Electives

MOME 6990

0-7
0-7

TOTAL

                         

9

SPRING SEMESTER Courses

Course Number

Credits

Systems Pathophysiology I (if not taken in year 1) or

BMSP 8310

2.5

CPRA in Cell Biology and Signaling (if not taken in year 1)

BMSP 8350

3

Seminars in MOME (required for students in their 2nd year)

MOME 6300

1

Journal Paper Review in MOME (required by students in their 2nd year

MOME 6600 1

Thesis Research in MOME
and/or Electives

MOME 6990 0-4.5
0-4.5

TOTAL

                         

9

SUMMER SEMESTER Courses

Course Number

Credits

Thesis Research in MOME
and or Electives

MOME 6990

0-6
0-6

TOTAL

                         

6

MASTERS PROGRAM STUDENTS: YEAR 3 (if necessary) 

FALL/SPRING SEMESTER Courses

Course Number

Credits

Thesis Research in MOME
and or Electives

MOME 6990

1-9
0-8

TOTAL

                         

9 (fall & spring);
6 (summer)

The minimum number of credits required for MSBS is 40, with a minimum of 25 credits of didactic coursework (letter grade). The MSBS curriculum includes advanced electives in Molecular Medicine or other areas to make up the 25 required didactic credit hours.

A minimum of 10 credits of Thesis Research in MOME (MOME 6990) is required for graduation.

MD/Ph.D. PROGRAM STUDENTS

Biomedical Sciences Program Core Requirements

Course Number

Credit Hours

On Being a Scientist

INDI 8020

1

Mentored Research (two 5 week lab rotations)

BMSP 8390

6

Statistical Methods I, (required BMS core course)

PUBH 7320

3

TOTAL

 

12

In addition to the core requirements, MD/PhD students in the MOME track will be required to take the following courses:

  • Grant Writing Workshop (BMSP 8250, 2 cr)
  • Methods in Biomedical Sciences (BMSP 8380, 3 cr)
  • Advanced Topics in Molecular Medicine (MOME 8500, 3 cr)
  • Advanced electives in MOME or other areas to make up the required number of didactic credit hours.

All students will usually present a poster in the UTHSC Research Forum and present a poster or oral presentation at the Pharmacology Research Colloquium.  The Pharmacology Research Colloquium is held on a rotating basis at UT HSC, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.  It is an annual event in which the students of “pharmacology” departments at the respective Medical Schools have participated in since 1973.  These events provide students with excellent opportunities for developing skills in organizing, presenting and discussing their work.

 Advanced Courses in the Molecular Medicine Track:

  • Advanced Topics in Molecular Medicine  (MOME 8500, 3 cr, Fall)
    A comprehensive examination of the foundation of Molecular Medicine.

     

  • Seminars in Molecular Medicine (MOME 8300, 1 cr, Spring and Fall)
    Seminars presented by invited speakers expose MOME graduate students to the latest advancements in basic research related to Molecular Medicine.  Informal discussions sessions are organized which enable students to meet with speakers invited from other institutions.

     

  • Independent Study in MOME (MOME 8890, 1-9 cr, all semesters)
    This is a variable credit course in which a student caries out independent study in MOME directed by their major advisor.

     

  • Grant Writing Workshop (BMSP 6250/8250, 2 cr, Spring)
    This is an interdisciplinary course designed to teach students skills in developing a research plan in the form of a grant proposal.

     

  • Practical Bioinformatics (BIPG 5110/7110, 1 cr, Summer I)
    Gain training in bioinformatics through hands-on experience.  This course is a recommended elective.  Format: Short lectures integrated with computer tasks in bioinformatics computer lab (HEB127).  The bioinformatics resources will primarily be those freely available on the internet.  The course will meet twice a week for 2-hour sessions in the Bioinformatics Computer Lab.  The course will last six weeks during the summer semester.
    See Syllabus for further details or contact course director: Robert Trumbly)

     

  • Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Proteomics/Genomics (BIPG 5100, 3 cr, Fall)
    This is a 3 credit which is part of the Bioinformatics Program that is recommended as an elective.  This course introduces the student to the powerful tools developed to access and analyze biological sequence and structural information. The topics include sequence databases, sequence comparisons, database searches, phylogenetic analysis, protein structure, proteomics, RNA structure prediction, gene prediction and identification, genetic analysis of disease, and microarray studies of gene expression.  Emphasis is on theory and practical methods for evaluation and management of biomedical data.  (Course Director: Robert Trumbly)

 Application:

  • Students interested in Molecular Medicine should apply online.

    For more information about the specific Financial Support programs and their requirements, please take a look at the Financial Support section of the Bulletin and Handbook of the Health Science Campus Graduate Student.
Last Updated: 8/29/18