School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Program Description

For the first year, all graduate students in the School of Medicine enroll in a combined First Year curriculum, Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences (IBS), which has the aim of providing a broad based knowledge of the important areas of Biomedical research. Faculty from all departments participate in the teaching, which emphasizes critical discussion of primary and secondary literature. The fall semester covers Molecular and Cell Biology. During the winter semester of the first year, coursework includes two two-credit IBS course offerings chosen by the student, together with two required Departmental courses: BMB 7320, Protein Structure and Function and BMB 7330, Molecular Biology.

In addition to these courses, students undertake a series of ten-week laboratory rotations designed to acquaint them with the details of those research programs of greatest interest to them. During the first weeks of the fall semester, faculty with available slots in their laboratories will participate in a briefing session for incoming students to describe their research work. Further one-on-one discussion with individual faculty members is also encouraged. Students are urged to gather as much background information as possible before making these choices as they are likely to be a major factor in determining the direction of their entire professional career. Generally, each student does three rotations during the fall and winter semesters and on the basis of this experience, chooses the laboratory in which they will carry out their doctoral research.