About the Translational Biomedical Science Program

Specific program objectives include:

  • Prepare individuals in fundamentals of disease pathophysiology.
  • Provide in-depth mentoring to assure productive research training.
  • Educate scientists and clinicians to independent research careers.
  • Teach fundamental theory and knowledge in the subject areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, laboratory methods, human subjects research and analytical procedures essential to clinical research.
  • Provide a critical environment fostering inquiry, integrity, teaching and communication skills, high productivity, and working in a multi-disciplinary environment.

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Skill-building Workshops and Seminars

The University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute has developed a series of skill-building workshops and seminars that bring together scholars and trainees in many training programs. These opportunities provide hands-on training and practical knowledge necessary to carry out a successful research program, and also create a community of scholars devoted to translational science.

Research Rotations

Students are required to do three rotations during the first year of study; one in the Fall and two in the Spring. These rotations introduce the student to the scientific thought and method. Students gain experience in research, attend research seminars, and practice their communication skills. Furthermore they become familiar with prospective research advisors for their thesis project. At the end of the first year, students choose a permanent advisor and embark on a Ph.D. thesis research program. Students may choose as their primary research advisor any faculty member on the School of Medicine and Dentistry Interdisciplinary Graduate Program faculty of designated mentors with an appropriate research program and funding mechanism to support the student.

Qualifying Examination

The qualifying examination at the end of the fourth semester (or with committee permission by the end of the fifth semester) consists of an oral examination by the student’s  advisory committee / mentoring committee, composed of co-advisors (Clinical Translational Investigator and a Basic Science Investigator appropriate to the research area) and two additional faculty members from different disciplines relevant to translational research.  The examination is based on a written proposal reflecting the chosen research project and will emphasize ability to utilize information to analyze and offer solutions to problems, and propose unique directions for future research. No comprehensive examination of formal coursework is intended, however, adequacy of knowledge and appreciation are assessed. The qualifying examination is chaired by the TBS Program Director or another TBS mentoring faculty member so appointed to represent the University Dean of Graduate Studies.

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