You continue the research you began in Year 2 through degree completion. You will work with your Doctoral Advisor to refine the proposal that you wrote for your Candidacy Qualifying Exam and submit it to the NIH as a grant application. You also continue relevant clinical experiences and meet with your Doctoral Advisory Committee for guidance and support. Lab meetings and seminars keep you learning outside your own work.
To complete your dissertation, you conduct original research, analyze and compile the data, report the results and significance of the work, and orally defend the dissertation. You will also be required to author or co-author two manuscripts.
By Year 3, you are a researcher.
In Years 4-5, writing manuscripts, completing your research project, and writing your dissertation becomes intense. By Year 5, you complete your dissertation, defend it and graduate. This is how you launch your life’s work as a biomedical scientist.
Throughout the program, career and professional development training will be provided to ensure your successful career in science.
For more details on the process, consult our Academic Catalog and Student Handbook (Download a PDF version)