MEDICINE (Basic Medical Sciences Common Courses)
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Introduction to Research 3 cr
An Introduction to Research course is listed for each department in the Basic Medical Sciences.
BCH 525 Introduction to Biochemistry Research
MIC 535 Introduction to Microbiology and Immunology Research
PHA 545 Introduction to Pharmacology Research
PHS 555 Introduction to Physiology Research
SCB 515 Introduction to Structural and Cellular Biology
These courses involve laboratory rotations intended to introduce the student to faculty members' research areas, laboratories, and operating styles. These are accomplished during the first four quarters of graduate study by completion of three laboratory rotations. Each laboratory rotation will normally be for one quarter's duration. Each rotation consists of three credits. Notification of the planned rotations must be filed in the Basic Medical Sciences Graduate Office.
Literature Reports 1 cr
A Literature Reports course is listed for each department in the Basic Medical Sciences.
BCH 526 Biochemistry Literature Reports
MIC 536 Microbiology and Immunology Literature Reports*
PHA 546 Pharmacology Literature Reports
PHS 556 Physiology Literature Reports
SCB 516 Structural and Cellular Biology Literature Reports
Students and faculty participate in a supervised reading of the current literature and meet periodically (usually once a week) to interact in a discussion of the selected article or topic. The goal of this course is to maintain the faculty's and students' level of information at a "state of the art" in both methods and theory in the discipline and to develop critical skills in reviewing the literature. Student presentation is required to receive credit. *Not for MIC 536.
Directed Studies 1-8 cr
A Directed Studies course is listed for each department in the Basic Medical Sciences.
BCH 527 Directed Studies in Biochemistry
MIC 537 Directed Studies in Microbiology and Immunology
PHA 547 Directed Studies in Pharmacology
PHS 557 Directed Studies in Physiology
SCB 517 Directed Studies in Structural and Cellular Biology
Students participate in research under the direction of a graduate faculty member. The student may pursue independent research or participate in a literature project. This course should be taken by students who have completed their laboratory rotations, but have not yet submitted a formal research proposal.
BCH, MIC, PHA, PHS, or SCB 590 Special Topics 1-4 cr
Each course provides in-depth tutorial exposure to specific areas in the discipline. Student and/or faculty presentations followed by group discussions (usually in the Socratic mode), examine the subject matter in an area of current interest either to one student or to a group of students. Credit and title are arranged with an individual faculty member.
Research Seminar 1 cr
A Research Seminar course is listed for each department in the Basic Medical Sciences.
BCH 626 Biochemistry Research Seminar
MIC 636 Microbiology and Immunology Research Seminar
PHA 646 Pharmacology Research Seminar
PHS 656 Physiology Research Seminar
SCB 616 Structural and Cellular Biology Research Seminar
Students present a research topic for discussion before members of the department. The presentations are usually scheduled on a rotational basis. The student may present research data for critique by the faculty.
BCH, MIC, PHA, PHS, or SCB 799 1-8 cr
Independent research by the student under the sponsorship of the graduate faculty in individual departments in the Basic Medical Sciences. Students are required to submit a research project description form before enrolling in this course. Progress reports of the work accomplished are required every six months.
IDL 570, 571 Medical Pathology I and II 8 cr each
The course is taught as an introduction to the scientific study of the diseases of man by developing working definitions and classifications of disease on the basis of known causes and effects. After surveying the structural changes characterizing disease, the mechanisms involved in clinical and laboratory manifestations are analyzed for major human diseases.
IDL 780 Applications in Biomedical Statistics 4 cr
The course treats the conception, construction, criticism, and deployment of statistical models of biomedical data. Models of dose-response, identification, and survival are developed and applied to laboratory, clinical, and epidemiological data. The course covers linear, generalized linear, and non-linear models of continuous, discrete, and censored data, and includes topics in experimental design, regression diagnostics, salvage of weak parameter estimates, and meta-analysis. The course is organized, for the greater part, on a case-study format. Prerequisite: A computer applications course.
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