Explosive growth in biological knowledge, resulting from the development of molecular genetics and modern cell biology, has made it increasingly difficult for the biomedical community to incorporate new information into medical practice. New fields of study, such as genomics and proteomics, have created fresh opportunities for understanding medically relevant biology. While our understanding of the biology of humans and their pathogens has grown, too little of that knowledge has been applied to the treatment of disease.
The OSU HHMI Med into Grad Scholars Program was established to augment the biomedical applications of traditional basic science research programs at The Ohio State University. Combining elements of OSU's Independent Study Program in the College of Medicine, Graduate School, and Center for Clinical and Translational Science, the Med into Grad Scholars Program will further the training of exceptional pre-candidacy graduate students whose dissertation research is relevant to one of the program's six areas of emphasis in the basic sciences:
- Biomedical Engineering
- Computational Biology
- Infectious Disease
- RNA Biology
Chosen scholars receive:
- One-year stipend support
- One-year of tuition expenses (exclusive of general fees)
- Individualized preclinical and translational science curriculum
- Access to resources in the OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences
- Mentored clinical experiences
- College of Medicine faculty member on dissertation committee
- Scientific networking with faculty, other research trainees and administrators of the College of Medicine
- Acquisition of the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate the translation of new biological knowledge into the tools that will improve human health
Additional training received through the Med into Grad Scholars Program will prepare chosen scholars to facilitate the sharing of information between basic scientists and clinicians. It will also increase their understanding of the language, culture, and practice of medicine, and develop the skills needed to form future partnerships and collaborations with physician scientists.
The Med into Grad Scholars Program is partially supported by a grant to The Ohio State University
from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the Med into Grad Initiative.