Curriculum

The MoD curriculum provides cross-disciplinary training that includes basic science, clinical science, and mentored clinical experiences. The curriculum is superimposed on those of the existing Division of Basic Science (DBS) Ph.D. Graduate Programs. It kicks off in the summer between graduate years 1 and 2 (G1/G2), and extends over one and a half years. It is interspersed with the student’s Graduate Program course requirements.

Many of the MoD courses will fulfill the Graduate Program’s elective course requirements. Students will be able to work on their dissertation research while taking MoD courses, except for the first four weeks in the Summer Immersion Program (Summer G1/G2).

MoD Required Coursework       

Summer Immersion in Clinical and Translational Research (summer G1/G2)

First-hand clinical experience will introduce students to the language of medicine and the nature of the clinical interactions that are central to the management of patients and to the conduct of clinical translational research.

Clinical Translational Research Clerkship

Students will learn how medical principles are integrated into clinical research. They will develop an understanding of the scientific and clinical background, research questions, and research protocols. They will take online HIPAA training, participate in clinical research led by clinician scientists, observe patients studied in the Clinical Translational Research Centers, and attend Hematology/Hemopathology rounds. They also participate in an Institutional Review Board session (for human studies approval).

Introduction to Biostatistics for Graduate and Medical Students 

This course introduces fundamental statistical principles typically used in biomedical publications and provides introduction to the statistical design of the pre-clinical and clinical studies. It focuses on explaining the appropriate scientific interpretation of statistical tests rather than the mathematical calculation of the tests.

Hospital Ward Teaching Rounds

Didactic Courses

Human Physiology (Summer G1/G2) 

A mini medical-school-style course that focuses on the physiology of selected organ systems. Available to all graduate students.

Human Pathology

A hands-on small group organ pathology course. Limited to MoD students.

Bench to Bedside Independent Study/Clinical Clerkship (Spring G3)

This course focuses on diseases directly related to the student’s dissertation research topic. The goals are to provide an individualized in depth experience about the diseases, and to help the student identify outstanding questions that are in need of bench to bedside translation. The student, together with a clinical expert of his or her choice, designs a clerkship that will include hospital-based and/or outpatient clinical experiences, and attendance of disease-oriented clinical and research conferences.  

Informal Small Group Learning Curriculum/Opportunities

In addition to the Works in Progress meetings and journal clubs required by the students’ home Graduate Programs, MoD students will have multiple informal opportunities to learn about translational research and to network with UT Southwestern graduate school and medical school trainees. There will also be opportunities to network with HHMI Med into Grad trainees nationally. Other program opportunities include:

  • Discussions with medical students on “Evidence Based Medicine” in the UT Southwestern Medical School College system
  • Monthly Medical Grand Rounds offered by the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP M.D./Ph.D.)
  • Selected clinical and translational research seminars and workshops
  • HHMI Med into Grad regional peer group meetings
  • Yearly MoD retreat (in development)