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Program of Study

The program of study emphasizes an integrated view of experimental pathology, pharmacology and physiology, built upon a rigorous foundation of basic science. The core first-year curriculum includes two of the following primary courses (but can be adapted to meet the needs and interests of individual students):

Physiological Systems
Molecular Mechanisms of Disease
Principles of Pharmacology

In addition, students will take the “Topics in Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology and Physiology” seminar course, in which contemporary research topics are analyzed in depth from the perspective of each of the three “Track” disciplines, based on articles from the current scientific literature.

During the first year, students will pursue three lab rotations selected on the basis of their scientific interests and will present their work to Track faculty and senior students. At the end of year 1, students will choose a thesis lab and a specific graduate program, typically one associated with the Departments of Pathology, Pharmacology, or Cellular and Molecular Physiology. In year 2 they will complete additional core coursework and electives tailored to the student’s program, interests and/or thesis project. Students commonly take five or six courses within the first three semesters of graduate study.

Students are advised during the first year by a designated faculty Track Director.

The intellectual environment at Yale is outstanding, providing students with numerous opportunities to attend seminars on cutting-edge basic and clinical research from investigators in many disciplines (both in-house and abroad) as part of weekly departmental seminar series, symposia, “research-in-progress talks” (given by students and postdoctoral researchers), and annual departmental retreats.