The Mechanisms of Disease and Translational Science – Qualifying Exam

The qualifying exam for the Mechanisms of Disease and Translational Science Track will be administered by the student’s home graduate program, with input from MoDTS. Students are required to develop a proposal based on their current thesis research. The specific aims of the research should be hypothesis-driven, and most will propose basic science studies, similar to the format for non-MoDTS students.

Exam Elements

One specific aim must have a translational emphasis. In this aim, students will propose experiments that use biologic materials (such as blood, cells, tissues) derived from a targeted patient population. The translational study should be doable, and the student should establish feasibility.

During the oral exam, the student is expected to give a brief presentation of his or her research proposal. This presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session that will cover broad areas related to the entire research proposal.

Exam Committee

The qualifying exam committee will include faculty members from graduate programs in the Division of Basic Science. The inclusion of one physician investigator is encouraged.