The Program has organized several seminars and journal clubs that enable students to interact and exchange ideas.
Research in Progress
Held biweekly, these sessions are present by two more senior students who summarize their research for the group. (See this document, for Schedule.)
Organized by students, the purpose of this club is to enable scientific students to understand their role as physician-scientists in translating basic research into health-related issues.
Bedside to Bench: Seminars in Pediatrics
In order to have students in all years think about their careers as physician scientists, and to provide role models among active clinicians who also conduct basic research, we have organized a series of seminars in pediatrics. The purpose of the seminars is to help students begin to understand how interesting questions derived from patients can help them learn more about biologic and pathologic processes. They are encouraged to muse over the questions or issues that have not have not been studied, and think about how they might address these questions, which center on a patient's disease process. (See this document for the 2013-14 schedule.)
Cell Biology: CBIO 601a/b, Molecular and Cellular Basis of Human Disease - Fred Gorelick, Marcus Bosenberg, James Jamieson, and staff.
The course emphasizes the connections between diseases and basic science using a lecture and seminar format. It is designed for students who are committed to a career in medical research, those who are considering such a career, or students who wish to explore scientific topics in depth. The first half of the course is organized in four- to five-week blocks that topically parallel CBIO 502a/b. Examples of blocks from past years include
“Diseases of protein folding” and “Diseases of ion channels.” Each topic is introduced with a lecture given by the faculty. The lecture is followed by sessions in which students review relevant manuscripts under the supervision of a faculty mentor. The second half of the course focuses on the relationship of basic science to disease processes while emphasizing translational and clinical research. In addition, sessions are devoted to academic careers and cover subjects such as obtaining an academic position, promotions, and grant writing. The course is open to M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students who are taking or have taken CBIO 502a/b. Student evaluations are based on attendance, participation in group discussions, formal presentations, and a written review of an NIH proposal. The course runs from September to mid-May and is equivalent to three graduate credits. M 4–5:30.