Acknowledging that the future of translational research depends upon the basic science community being well versed in human disease, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, in conjunction with Penn’s Biomedical Graduate Studies Program (BGS), has created the HHMI Med into Grad Scholars (HMGS) Program.

The HMGS curriculum integrates focused medical education into the doctoral curriculum and experience, affording Ph.D. students an appreciation of medicine and human biology not formerly available. The program aims to promote clinically relevant research by producing basic scientists who not only have a clearer understanding of human biology and pathology, but who can effectively interact with clinical scientists to tackle medically relevant research problems. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a Certificate in the Medical Sciences in addition to their doctoral degree.

The University of Pennsylvania was the first institution in the country to offer formal training in the biomedical sciences. For the past 240 years, Penn has been known for its ability to successfully integrate science and medicine. Today, Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS) is the academic hub for biomedical graduate education at Penn comprising seven interdepartmental cross-school graduate groups: Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Cell and Molecular Biology, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Genomics and Computational Biology, Immunology, Neuroscience, and Pharmacological Sciences. Over 600 scientists and educators represent more than 30 basic science and clinical departments in five schools throughout the University. Approximately 40% of the faculty are M.D.s or M.D./Ph.D.s housed within clinical departments, making Penn uniquely qualified to train tomorrow’s leaders in translational research.

Join us at the 2014 HHMI Med Into Grad Symposium!