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Outline of Graduate Course Program, Department of Pathology
Updated 5/1/15

Year

Fall

 

Spring

 

Summer

 

Total Credits

1

BBS501

BBS502 (Special Topics)

BBS595 (Research)

BBS597 (Colloquium)

5

4

2

1

BBS503

BBS504 (Special Topics)

BBS596 (Research)

BBS598 (Colloquium)

 

5

4

2

1

BBS510 (Ethics)

BCHM628 (Informatics)

ORES520 (Statistics)

0

2

3

29-32 (depending on initial summer research term)

2

PATH5535 (Research Microscopy offered 0-3)

PATH692 (TIP)

PATH697 (Research)

PATH691 (Journal Club/WIP)

2

 


0

1

0

PATH501
(Pathobiology)

PATH692 (TIP)

PATH697 (Research)

PATH691 (Journal Club/WIP)

PPY514 (Grant Construction)

2


0

1

0

1

PATH697 (Research Topics)

Form Dissertation Committee

NIH Style Research Proposal

1

4-7

3

PATH697 (Research)

Oral Defense

PATH692 (TIP)

PATH691 (Journal Club/WIP)

0



0

0

PATH699 (Dissertation Research)

PATH692 (TIP)

PATH691 (Journal Club/WIP)

3

 

0

0

 

PATH699 (Dissertation Research)

3

6

4

PATH699 (Dissertation Research)

PATH692 (TIP)

PATH691 (Journal Club/WIP)

2

 

0

0

PATH699 (Dissertation Research)

PATH692 (TIP)

PATH691 (Journal Club/WIP)

2

 

0

0

PATH699 (Dissertation Research)

2

6

5

PATH699 as needed (0 Credit Hours) for completion of dissertation research, writing, and defense



Brief Course Descriptions

BBS-G501/G503)  Basic Biomedical Sciences (5/5)

Five lectures per week covering macromolecules, DNA replication, gene expression, genetics, bioenergetics and intermediary metabolism, immunology, carcinogenesis, development, drug actions, and cell structure.

BBS-G502/G504 Special Topics in Biomedical Sciences (4/4)

Two two-hour long discussion sessions per week involving critically reading journal articles, data analysis and research techniques.  Topics accompany presentations in the lecture course (BBS-G595/G596).

BBS-G595/G598  Introduction to Basic Biomedical Research (2/2)

The first 5 weeks of the Fall semester has each Department present their graduate program, requirements, faculty and research from 1-5 PM each day.  After the introductory 5 weeks, students select five faculty members for 5 week research rotations.  Rotations must be selected from at least three departments.

BBS-G596/G598  Basic Biomedical Science Colloquium (1/1)

In the Fall semester, selected faculty will present their research.  Students must complete a written report of the presentation.  During the Spring semester, students present a journal article.

PPY.G514  Grant Construction  (1)

Fundamentals of grant writing.

PT.G501 Pathobiology (2)

Open to students in the School of Medicine and to qualified graduate students by permission. General pathobiology and the basic mechanisms of cell and tissue injury and repair. (Offered every Fall semester.)


PT.G535 Introduction to Microscopy Techniques (2)

Lecture and laboratory course on the application of light and electron microscopic techniques in biomedical research. Hands-on experience at the microscope and practical approaches to problem solving will be emphasized. The course includes practical aspects of light, fluorescence and confocal microscopy as well as transmission and scanning electron microscopy. (Offered in the Spring.)


PT.G691 Molecular Pathobiology Journal Club (0)

Students and faculty present papers involving current issues in pathology.

PT.G692 Pathology Research Colloquium (0)

Students and faculty present their research.

PT.G697 Research Topics (1-3)

Prior permission of professor and chairperson required.

PT.G699 Dissertation Research (0-6)

Pathology Department Guidelines for the Major Proposal and Dissertation
for
PhD or MD/PhD Students

Each student must successfully write and defend an original proposal describing his/her intended dissertation research, written in the style of an NIH grant proposal.  The proposal should emphasize the hypothesis to be tested, any preliminary results obtained by the student, and a detailed account of the experimental approaches to be employed.

The student’s Preliminary Exam Committee will consist of 5 members, with at least two from the Pathology Department and one outside of the Pathology Department at Saint Louis University.

An initial draft of the preliminary exam proposal is due July 15 of the student’s second year in the program.  After the initial draft has been generated, it is reviewed and critiqued by the Preliminary Exam Committee.  If approved by the Committee, the student has one month to address the comments and revise the proposal in preparation for the Preliminary Oral Exam.  If the proposal is rejected by the Committee, the student must revise the proposal in consultation with Committee members until it is acceptable.  It is expected that the Preliminary Oral Exam will occur by August 30 of the student’s second year.  Exceptions to this timeline may be petitioned to the Student Progress Committee and a determination will be made whether to grant an extension.

The oral exam consists of a formal presentation of the written proposal by the student, followed by questions by the Committee members.  The questions focus on, but are not necessarily limited to, the subject of the research proposal.

Committee members vote to approve or disapprove the oral defense.  If it is approved, the student can advance to doctoral candidacy and formal papers are filed with the Graduate School.  If it is disapproved, the student must consult with Committee members to discuss deficiencies.  The Committee may allow the student to retake the exam after deficiencies are met.

Once the exams are completed, the Doctoral Dissertation Committee is formalized.  This five member Committee may be the same as the Preliminary Exam Committee, but a chair other than the mentor must be selected.

This Committee will meet with the student at least twice a year to evaluate progress and achievement of research goals.

It is expected that the total length of the graduate education program will not extend beyond the limit of the Saint Louis University policy.  The Office of Graduate Education allows 8 years for the successful completion of a doctorate (formal leave of absence does not count against the time allotment).  The offer letter from the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences guarantees support for a student for 5 years from admission provided that the student maintains a 3.0 GPA, finds a mentor by August 1 of the second year of the program, and completes all departmental qualifying exams successfully.

When significant progress has been made, the student presents this work to the Committee.  It is either approved as completed or additional progress may be required.  When the Committee is satisfied that the work is complete, a public presentation of the research is scheduled.  After questions by the audience, the Dissertation Committee meets privately with the student for additional questioning.  After Committee approval of the dissertation, final copies of the thesis are submitted to the Graduate School.