Graduate Training in Medical Science (GTMS)

GTMS Requirements

The Graduate Training in Medical Science (GTMS) Certificate Program complements our existing doctoral programs in Biomedical Graduate Studies. The GTMS program was specifically designed for students who want to explore human biology and pursue research training at the interface of basic science and medicine. The GTMS program augments graduate training by offering courses that bridge basic and medical science and provides a foundation in the molecular basis of disease. 

The GTMS program currently consists of 6 courses (4 required and 2 electives) and a clinical clerkship experience. The curriculum requirements change from time to time to keep the program up to date and meeting the student needs.

Suggested coursework schedule:

The GTMS curriculum begins in the first year of graduate school with Cell Biology (BIOM 600), an introductory course to cellular physiology. Also in the first year, students have an option of taking Immunology (CAMB 510/IMUN 510), Immune Mechanisms (IMUN 506), or Bioinformatics (GCB 535; students in a more computational program may substitute Computational Biology, GCB 536). During the second year, students take Human Physiology (CAMB 532) and the Molecular Basis of Disease (BIOM 502), a course that connects disease mechanisms to disease presentation and treatment. In addition to these four required courses, students take two "Bench to Bedside" Electives of their choice, during Year 1 or Year 2. If the graduate group does not require a course in Cell Biology (BIOM 600) then this course may be used as a Bench to Bedside Elective. GTMS students are also encouraged to take relevant courses in Translational Research (MTR) courses throughout their training to enhance their understanding in the design and implementation of human studies, if they so desire. 

Year 1:

BIOM 600: Cell Biology (Fall)

IMUN 506: Immune Mechanisms (Fall)
CAMB 510/IMUN 510: Immunology for CAMB (Spring)
GCB 535: Bioinformatics (Spring)
GCB 536: Computational Biology (Fall)

Year 2:

CAMB 532: Human Physiology (Fall)

BIOM 502: Molecular Basis of Disease (Spring)

"Bench to Bedside" Electives

Students may choose from a list of approximately 25 courses or may suggest a course with clinical relevance that are of interest to them but not currently on the list (subject to approval by GTMS directors). You may take these electives at any time and must take at least two "Bench to Bedside" electives.

Lab Rotation:

Students will have an opportunity to do a rotation in a lab doing translational research.

Clinical Clerkship Experience:

Students will be required to do a 40-hour clinical or translational (biotech or pharma) clerkship experience related to their area of research interest. The clerkship may be completed as fits the student's schedule and the nature of the clerkship (eight hours a day for five days, four hours a week for 10 weeks, etc.).

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