CMM students obtain a rigorous training in scientific research and a thorough knowledge of the biology and diseases of the human body through a series of tailored courses, small group discussions, clinical and laboratory research.
The first year curriculum begins with the intensive “Introduction to Human Body” course that combines hands-on dissection of the human cadaver, virtual histology labs, in-class and e-lectures, and small group presentations by students. This is followed by a series of short, basic science courses on molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry and cell biology, accompanied by three 10-week laboratory rotations. The year ends with an “Introduction to Clinical Research” on the practical design and interpretation of clinical research, and “Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease”on the mechanisms underlying the spectrum of clinically and socially relevant disorders of the human body, completing the cycle of the year from “book to bench to bedside”.
Other program-specific activities include “CMM Core Discussions”, a student-led journal club discussion in Year 1, and a practical Grant Writing course in Year 2. The program sponsors an Annual Retreat and internship and career training opportunities in teaching and non-academic tracks.
- Introduction to the Human Body
- Topics in Cellular and Molecular Medicine
- Molecular Biology and Genomics
- Pathways and Regulation
- Cell Structure and Dynamics
- CMM Core Discussion
- Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease
- Introduction to Clinical Research
- Principles of Immunology I
- Topics in Immunology I
- Grant Writing: Nuts and Bolts
- Ethics Course
- CMM OPTIONS: Opportunities for Professional Training in Occupations for Scientists
- Research in CMM
If you need to request accommodations related to a physical or learning disability, please contact Ms. Catherine L. Will (firstname.lastname@example.org) who is the Disability Services coordinator for all graduate students in the School of Medicine. Please contact Ms. Will by July 15, 2017 to ensure that your accommodations are in place for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Electives & Course Registration
Students are required to take four elective courses to further broaden their experience in cellular and molecular medicine. It is Mandatory that 1 elective must be a Biostatistics course. A typical course is in a discussion format, with a half dozen students and one or two faculty. Such a course generally meets 8 or 10 times for the purpose of reviewing current research papers on a particular topic. Some courses are organized by CMM faculty, and others are given by faculty in other departments. New courses will be organized in the future according to the interests of the faculty. Elective courses may include courses at the:
Students usually fulfill their elective course requirements during their third and fourth years of training.
Each student will conduct research in at least three different laboratories during the first year. Each trainee is expected to complete three, ten-week research projects in different laboratories. Each student is assigned a Rotation Advisor who will assist the student through the rotation selection process. The main purpose of laboratory rotations is to assure that students have exposure to a variety of research topics, techniques and approaches, leading ultimately to the selection of a thesis mentor and lab.
An oral qualifying examination, administered by the Graduate Board of the University, must be completed by the end of the second year of study. This examination evaluates the depth and breadth of the student’s knowledge in cellular and molecular medicine, based in large part on the core curriculum the student has completed in year one.
Thesis Proposal and Committee
Once the student has successfully passed their oral exam, the student and thesis mentor together decide on an appropriate thesis project. The student then selects a committee of at least three faculty experts who, along with his/her thesis mentor, will act as advisers and oversee the project until its conclusion. This committee MUST meet on a yearly basis.
For second year students, who are usually just beginning their research, this meeting should involve primarily a detailed discussion of the proposed thesis. The student should present to the committee, prior to the meeting, a written formal proposal for his/her thesis work. The format should be similar to that of a research proposal in an NIH grant application (individual National Research Service Award, 5-10 pages, doubled-spaced). A copy is also kept on file in the Program Office.
For students in the third and subsequent years, a written update (2-3 pages, no more than 6 pages) describing research progress must be sent to committee members at least one week in advance. In addition, students must complete an IDP and bring the results to each meeting for discussion. Copies of the initial proposal, progress reports and IDP will be filed with the Program Office.
It is this committee that decides when the research is sufficient for completion of degree requirements.
At the end of the first year, students will select a research adviser and begin original research leading to their doctoral dissertation. The written thesis, based on research undertaken as a CMM student, is read by the adviser and another faculty member from the thesis committee called the reader. Once approved, the student must present a formal public seminar on his or her completed thesis research before an audience usually composed of faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and trainees in the program. It is expected that the student’s research will form the basis of scholarly articles published in the peer-reviewed biomedical literature.
- Survey of Earned Doctorates
- You must print your completion certificate when you complete the survey. The system will not be allowed to access the form again to print.
- Graduation Clearance Form
- Johns Hopkins University Guidelines for the Preparation of Dissertations and Theses
- Johns Hopkins University Dissertation Submission
- Graduation CV Format
- Referee Letter Guidelines
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