The requirements of a degree from the Elmezzi Graduate School are heavily weighted toward conducting and completing a substantial scholarly body of research. Students are required to submit a written proposal of their planned thesis project in the format of a fellowship grant application and defend this proposal orally to their Pre-Thesis Committee. Students present their completed dissertation work at a public lecture and defend their completed written thesis before a formal Thesis Committee which includes at least one outside examiner.
The thesis is coupled with a focused core curriculum that builds on the basic science courses taken during medical school. The didactic courses are one semester in length. Many are conducted in a discussion/journal club format. Journal Club, seminars and the work-in-progress are every semester. Students are expected to participate in all courses. The core curriculum consists of the following courses:
- Advanced Immunology
- Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Study Design
- Current Topics in Neuroscience
- Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research
- Molecular Biology of the Cell
- Molecular Genetics and Genomics
- Special Topics in Translational Research
- Molecular Medicine Journal Club
- Seminars in Investigative Medicine (a weekly seminar by external invited speakers)
- Research Work-In-Progress (a weekly seminar by Institute/Graduate School investigators
Additional academic programs, which enrich the curriculum but are not required core curriculum courses, are listed below.
- Introduction to SAS Programming (an elective course in the SAS programming language, tailored for investigators, that is offered annually)
- Match Distinguished Visiting Scientist Program (an annual lecture by preeminent scientists)
- Annual Scientific Retreat of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
- Workshop on Grantsmanship, offered annually
Students also participate in journal clubs and meetings of the lab group where they are conducting their research, and attend and submit abstracts for presentation at national and international scientific conferences.