Molecular Medicine Graduate Certificate Program

The Molecular Medicine Graduate Certificate Program provides training that integrates fundamental principles of biology with human health and disease; that provides exposure to the concepts and practice of medicine; and that emphasizes the importance of and opportunities for translational research.  A distinguishing feature of this program is dual mentorship of trainees by a basic scientist and a clinical/translational mentor.

PhD students in the Departments of Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Genome Sciences, Immunology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Physiology & Biophysics, and in the interdisciplinary Neurosciences and Molecular & Cellular Biology (MCB) Programs are eligible to participate in the Molecular Medicine Graduate Certificate Program.  To receive a Graduate Certificate in Molecular Medicine, PhD students must fulfill requirements of the home department or interdisciplinary program, and also fulfill specific requirements of the Molecular Medicine Certificate Program.

Molecular Medicine Certificate Training was approved by the UW Board of Regents in November, 2005.  Since inception of this program, nearly 50 students have obtained a Graduate Certificate in Molecular Medicine along with the PhD degree. Over 20 students are currently enrolled in the Certificate Program.

Questions

If you have questions or would like advice about this program, please contact us at mmtp@uw.edu,

 

Nancy Maizels, PhD, Director

W. Conrad Liles, MD PhD, Co-Director

Molecular Medicine Graduate Certificate Program

Eligibility

PhD students in the interdisciplinary Molecular & Cellular Biology (MCB) and Neruosciences Programs and in the programs based in the Departments of Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Genome Sciences, Immunology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, and Physiology & Biophysics are all eligible to participate in the Molecular Medicine Graduate Certificate Program.

Molecular Medicine Graduate Certificate Program

Certificate Program Requirements

Required Courses

Students will be required to complete the course and thesis requirement of the home department or program, and to participate in training that distinguishes the Molecular Medicine Graduate Certificate Program from existing Ph.D. Graduate Certificate Programs at the UW.  The defining elements of the curriculum are:

  • Molecular Medicine  (MOLMED 514 – 3 credits)
  • Two quarters of Chief of Medicine Rounds (MOLMED 540 – 1.5 credits per quarter)
  • Achieve or demonstrate competency in statistics
  • Present a half-hour talk on the significance of the thesis research to human health and disease (“Capstone Presentation”) in Year 4, to an audience of other students and faculty
  • Attend Capstone Presentations in years 2-4

 

Dual Mentorship of Thesis Research

Each Molecular Medicine trainee identifies a “Clinical Mentor” to provide co-mentorship for his or her Ph.D. thesis.  The role of the Clinical Mentor is to provide a clinical perspective on the thesis research project, to facilitate interaction with patients, access to clinical samples or to translational research opportunities where appropriate, and to provide scientific and career guidance.  The choice of Clinical Mentor will be determined by the student’s thesis research goals and home laboratory.  In many cases, an appropriate Clinical Mentor will be readily identified by the Thesis Advisor.  Students may also seek guidance from Dr. W. Conrad Liles, the program’s Co-Director.

Capstone Presentation (Year 4)

Students will discuss the implications of their research for understanding human disease in a Capstone Presentation in Year 4.  This half-hour presentation does not focus on research results but on background and context for the research.  The audience will be composed of other Certificate Program students, students in the M3D PhD Program, and faculty.  Presenters will receive constructive feedback from their peers via a short evaluation form.

Requirements for Award of the Molecular Medicine Certificate

Award of the Molecular Medicine Graduate Certificate will recognize that a student:

  • has mastered foundation knowledge defined by required courses;
  • has achieved fluency in the language of medicine;
  • has received practical, mentored experience in applying scientific and technological advances to the understanding and treatment of human disease.

Completion of the Molecular Medicine Training Certificate Program will require that students complete the course requirements listed above; receiving a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for courses required for the Certificate; complete the Capstone Presentation; and complete thesis research and submission of the Ph.D. thesis, as required by each student’s home department or program.

Molecular Medicine Graduate Certificate Program

To enroll

The Molecular Medicine Graduate Certificate Program is open to students already enrolled in basic science PhD Programs at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

To enroll, let us know who you are and a little about your background by filling out the Online Enrollment Form. We’ll plan both formal and informal advising sessions to ensure that molecular medicine training complements your interests and the requirements of your graduate department or program.