(Philadelphia, PA) - Biomedical Graduate Studies
(BGS) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
has been chosen by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to receive
a four-year, $700,000 grant to develop training for students to
help shorten the time it takes to translate basic science discoveries
into new medical treatments.
BGS was chosen for its proposal to develop the Graduate Training
in Medical Sciences (GTMS) Certificate Program, consisting of three
modules that present core principles of medical sciences, focus
on human physiology and pathology, and offer clinical clerkships
that stress translational research. The program will promote more
clinically-relevant research by producing basic scientists who have
a clearer understanding of human biology and pathology, and who
can more effectively interact with clinical scientists to tackle
medically-relevant research problems.
"Our current BGS curriculum provides predoctoral students with
excellent training in focused areas of basic biomedical science,"
says Dr. Mitchell Lewis, Director of the GTMS Program.
Dr. Carolyn Cambor, Co-Director of the GTMS program,
says, "This grant now allows us to augment graduate training
with a component that provides comprehensive medical science education
that explores human biology and disease."
BGS is composed of seven inter-departmental, cross-school graduate
groups: Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics; Cell and Molecular
Biology; Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Genomics and Computational
Biology; Immunology; Neuroscience; and Pharmacological Sciences.
The GTMS Program will be open to all BGS students, and will admit
up to six students a year. The curriculum will integrate into existing
programs, without lengthening the time it takes to earn the degree.
"It is critical that we develop this training, given the increased
intersection between basic and clinical research, and we are excited
to provide this opportunity to our students, " says Dr.
Susan Ross, Director of BGS.
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School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education
and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and
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a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty
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