The HHMI Med into Grad Scholars (HMGS) Program complements our existing doctoral programs at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The HMGS 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 HMGS program augments graduate training by offering courses that bridge basic and medical science and provides a foundation in the molecular basis of disease.

The HMGS program currently consists of 6 courses (4 required and 2 electives) and a Clinical Experience. The curriculum requirements change from time to time to keep the program up to date and meeting the student needs. What follows below is the curriculum for the class entering in 2011.

The HMGS curriculum begins in the first year of graduate school with Cell Biology (BIOM 600), an introductory course to cellular physiology, and Immunology (CAMB 510/IMUN 510) which provides an important body of knowledge for understanding many human diseases. 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 4 required courses, students take 2 Bench to Bedside Electives of their choice, during Year 1 or Year 2. If the student’s graduate group does not require a course in Cell Biology (BIOM 600) then this course may be used as a Bench to Bedside Elective. HMGS students are also encouraged to take relevant Master’s in Translational Research (MTR) courses throughout their training to enhance their understanding in the design and implementation of human studies.

*If Cell Biology is not required for a graduate group, it must be taken and will count as one of the two “Bench to Bedside” electives required for the program.


BIOM 600: Cell Biology required by grad group

CAMB  510: Immunology for CAMB Students


CAMB 532: Human Physiology

BIOM 502: Molecular Basis of Disease


Students may choose from a list of about 2 dozen courses or may suggest one of interest to them. You may take this elective at any time.


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


Students will have the opportunity to do a clinical experience related to their area of research interest.