All first- and second-year Ph.D. students, and third-year combined-degree students who are in their graduate course year, will meet with a program advisor prior to each semester. The Advisor and Program Chair are responsible for approving the student's class, seminar, laboratory rotation, and/or independent study selections each semester. Any exemptions from the outlined course of study must be approved in writing by the relevant Program Chair. All registrations must be done by the CAMB program coordinators.
The University standard for satisfactory academic progress is a 3.0 grade point average. The minimum standard for final course grades in the CAMB Graduate Group is a "B-". A CAMB student who does not achieve the minimum grade for courses will be referred to the Biomedical Graduate Studies Academic Standards Committee. The Academic Standards Committee will consider the recommendations of the Program Chair, and may place the student on academic probation. In addition, the student may be required to repeat an examination or an entire course, may be dismissed from the program, or may be allowed to continue course work towards the terminal Master's Degree. The CAMB Executive Committee will review each recommendation for student dismissal, and it is the responsibility of the Executive Committee to determine if dismissal from the program is appropriate and necessary.
A student may also be dismissed from the program for failing to make adequate effort in their thesis work, as documented by the thesis committee. Dismissal must be recommended by the thesis advisor and thesis committee, and will be reviewed by the program chair. The program chair will bring this issue to the CAMB Executive Committee for consideration, and it is the responsibility of the Executive Committee to determine if dismissal from the program is appropriate and necessary.
A student may also be dismissed from the program for engaging in academic or research misconduct, or engaging in illegal, fraudulent or unethical behavior. In these cases, dismissal will be subject to published Perelman School of Medicine and Univeristy policies and procedures, and may occur at any time during a student's work toward the doctoral degree.
Students who have completed graduate work at other graduate institutions may apply to transfer up to eight course units toward the Ph.D. degree. Students who have taken graduate courses at Penn through the College of General Studies (CGS) may apply to transfer up to four course units toward the Ph.D. degree. Courses below a "B" grade will not be considered for credit toward the Penn degree. According to University policy, courses will not be transferred until after a student has completed one academic year of course work in the program.
Penn students who are currently enrolled in another graduate group within BGS may transfer into the CAMB Graduate Group. Students should express their interest in joining the CAMB Graduate Group by writing a letter of intent to the Graduate Group Chair. The student will then meet individually with the Graduate Group Chair to discuss any issues related to fulfilling the Graduate Group and program course requirements. Following this meeting, the Graduate Group Chair will decide if the student is in good academic standing and if the student's academic interests and goals are appropriate for the CAMB program. The Graduate Group Chair, in consultation with the Program Chair of the student's program of interest, will provide the student with a written statement of required course work. The student should have the chair of the former program sign a "Transfer of Graduate Group Form" to release the student from the former graduate group and then have the chair of the new program sign the same form to accept the student into the new graduate group. The CAMB Graduate Group Office will request that the student's academic file be transferred from the former graduate group office.
The Graduate Group does not admit students for study towards a Master's degree. However, the Graduate Group may award a terminal Master's degree to students who choose not to continue in the program for the Ph.D. degree or to students who fail to pass the preliminary examination or complete their dissertation research.
These CAMB mandated requirements are in addition to conditions imposed by the BGS for a terminal master’s degree.