Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases Graduate Program Track

Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases 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 cardiovascular and metabolic diseases-related courses are available to advanced students following completion of the core curriculum.

Educational Program Objectives

NOTE: Courses are listed as 6000/8000 level courses.  When registering use the 6000 level number, UNLESS you have completed an MS or have completed 34 credit hours of study toward your MS or PhD degree.

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Ph.D. PROGRAM STUDENTS: YEAR 1

FALL SEMESTER COURSES
Biomedical Sciences Program Core Requirements

Course Number

CREDITS

Introduction to Biomedical Research 

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0

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

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     CPRA in Protein Structure and Catalysis

BMSP 6330/8330

2.5

     CPRA in Genes and Genomes

BMSP 6340/8340

2.5

     CPRA in Cell Membranes

BMSP 6360/8360

3

Methods in Biomedical Sciences

BMSP 6380/8380

3

On Being a Scientist

INDI 6020/8020

1

Mentored Research (one 8 week lab rotation)

BMSP 6390/8390

2

TOTAL

 

14


SPRING SEMESTER COURSES
Biomedical Sciences Program Core Requirements

Course Number

CREDITS

Systems Pathophysiology I

BMSP 6310/8310

2.5

Systems Pathophysiology II

BMSP 6320/8320

2.5

Current Problems and Research Approaches in Cell Biology and Signaling

BMSP 6350/8350

3

Journal Paper Review in CVMD

CVMD 6600/8600

1

Mentored Research (two 8 week lab rotations)

BMSP 6390/8390

4

TOTAL

                         

13


SUMMER TERM COURSES

Course Number

CREDITS

Statistical Methods I, (required BMS core course)

PUBH 5320/7320

3

Research in CVMD

CVMD 6730/8730

0-6

Mentored Research (an additional rotation is possible)

BMSP 6390/8390

0-6

TOTAL

                        

9

Ph.D. PROGRAM STUDENTS: YEAR 2 and beyond

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

  • Advanced Topics in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases (CVMD 6500/8500, 3 cr)
  • Seminars in CVMD (CVMD 6300/8300, 1 cr, required for students in their 2nd, 3rd and 4th years)
  • Journal Paper Review in CVMD (CVMD 6600/8600, 1 cr, required by students in their 2nd and 3rd years)
  • Grant Writing Workshop (BMSP 6250/8250, 2 cr)
  • Advanced electives in CVMD or other areas to make up the required number of didactic credit hours (12 in Fall and Spring, 9 in summer).

The Ph.D. Candidacy (Qualifying) Exam is taken at the end of the second year.

Prior to passing this exam, the student carries out their research under the course Research in CVMD (CVMD 6730/8730, 1-12 cr) or in some cases Independent Study in CVMD (CVMD 6890/8890).   After passing the Ph.D. Candidacy Exam, the student carries out their research under the course Dissertation Research (CVMD 9990).  A minimum of 30 credits of Dissertation Research are required for graduation. 

All students will also be expected to present a poster in the UTHSC Research Forum and present a poster or oral presentation at the CVMD Student Research Forum and 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.

MASTERS PROGRAM STUDENTS: YEAR 1:

FALL SEMESTER COURSES
Biomedical Sciences Program Core Requirements

Course Number

 CREDITS  

Introduction to Biomedical Research 

--

0

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

--

 --

     CPRA in Protein Structure and Catalysis

BMSP 6330/8330

2.5

     CPRA in Genes and  Genomes

BMSP 6340/8340

2.5

     CPRA in Cell Membranes

BMSP 6360/8360

3

Methods in Biomedical Sciences

BMSP 6380/8380

3

On Being a Scientist

INDI 6020/8020

1

Mentored Research (one 8 week lab rotation)

BMSP 6390/8390 2

TOTAL

 

14


SPRING SEMESTER  COURSES

 Course Number

CREDITS

Journal Paper Review in CVMD

CVMD 6600/8600

1

Systems Pathophysiology I, or
Current Problems and Research Approaches in Cell Biology and Signaling

BMSP 6310/8310
BMSP 6350/8350

2.5
3

Electives

 

0-8

Research in CVMD

CVMD 6730/8730

0-8

Mentored Research (1 or 2 rotations if needed)

BMSP 6390/8390

0-6

TOTAL

 

12


SUMMER TERM COURSES

Course Number

CREDITS

Statistical Methods I, (required BMS core course)

PUBH 5320/7320

3

Research in CVMD

CVMD 6730/8730

0-6

 

 

 

TOTAL

                         

9

MASTERS PROGRAM STUDENTS: YEAR 2 and beyond

In addition to the BMS core requirements, MSBS students in the CVMD track will be required to take the following courses:

  • Systems Pathophysiology I (BMSP 6310/8310, 2.5 cr,  if not taken in year 1)
    or Current Problems and Research Approaches in Cell Biology and Signaling (BMSP 6340/8340, 3 cr, if not taken in year 1)
  • Seminars in CVMD (CVMD 6300/8300, 1 cr, required for students in their 2nd year)
  • Journal Paper Review in CVMD (CVMD 6600/8600, 1 cr, required by students in their 2nd year)
  • Advanced electives in CVMD or other areas to make up the required number of didactic credit hours (12 in Fall and Spring, 9 in summer).

The MS Candidacy (Qualifying) Exam is taken at the end of the first year.

 A minimum of 10 credits of Thesis Research (CVMD 699/899) are required for graduation. 

MD/Ph.D. PROGRAM STUDENTS

Biomedical Sciences Program Core Requirements

Course Number

CREDITS

On Being a Scientist

INDI 6020/8020

1

Mentored Research (two 8 week lab rotations)

BMSP 6390/8390

6

Journal Paper Review in CVMD

CVMD 6600/8600

1

Statistical Methods I, (required BMS core course)

PUBH 5320/7320

3

TOTAL

 

15

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

  • Seminars in CVMD (CVMD 6300/8300, 1 cr, required for students in their 2nd and 3rd years)
  • Journal Paper Review in CVMD (CVMD 6600/8600, 1 cr, required by students in their 2nd and 3rd years)
  • Grant Writing Workshop (BMSP 6250/8250, 2 cr)
  • Methods in Biomedical Sciences (BMSP 6380/8380, 3 cr)
  • Advanced Topics in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases (CVMD 6500/8500, 3 cr)
  • Advanced electives in CVMD or other areas to make up the required number of didactic credit hours  (12 in Fall and Spring, 9 in summer).

All students will also be expected to present a poster in the UTHSC Research Forum and present a poster or oral presentation at the CVMD Student Research Forum and 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 Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases Track:

  • Advanced Topics in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases  (CVMD 6500/8500, 3 cr, Fall)
    A comprehensive examination of the foundation of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

     

  • Seminars in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases (CVMD 6300/8300, 1 cr, Spring and Fall)
    Seminars presented by invited speakers expose CVMD graduate students to the latest advancements in basic research related to cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.  Informal discussions sessions are organized which enable students to meet with speakers invited from other institutions.

     

  • Independent Study in CVMD (CVMD 6890/8890, 1-12 cr, all semesters)
    This is a variable credit course in which a student caries out independent study in CVMD directed by their major advisor.

     

  • Basic Principles of Pharmacology (CVMD 6400/8400, 1 cr, Fall)
    This is a one credit course in which students learn the fundamental principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, which are the basis for understanding the actions of drugs and the use of drugs in research and medicine.

     

  • 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)

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Last Updated: 6/26/15