NIH Training Grant in Molecular and Cellular Cardiology

Course Requirements

There are two formal course requirements for the trainees. The first is a CVRP research seminar held every Thursday evening. The aim of this seminar is to expose trainees to all of the research and investigators in molecular and cellular cardiology at MSSM. As their work progresses, trainees also have the opportunity to present their research at this seminar.

All trainees participate in the activities of the Mechanisms of Disease and Therapeutics (MDT) Program of the Graduate School of Biological Sciences. This program offers a system-oriented curriculum and includes virtually the entire faculty of the Training Grant in Molecular and Cellular Cardiology. As part of this program, all fellows take the Core Curriculum, required of all graduate students at MSSM and designed to provide a rigorous introduction to the biological sciences. The Core I (Biochemistry/Molecular Biology) and Core II (Cell/Developmental Biology) courses consist of lectures, journal clubs, and problem-solving conferences.

In addition to the formal course requirements, all trainees have the opportunity to take additional graduate courses in areas related to or complimentary to their research. Decisions on additional courses are made in consultation with the trainee's preceptor and the Steering Committee. Graduate courses at MSSM which appear to be particularly suited for the trainees include:

Appropriate modules of the MDT-I and II Courses
Somatic Gene Transfer
Advanced Signal Transduction
Advanced Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Advanced Molecular Biology
Advanced Cell Biology
Advanced Human Genetics Cellular Signaling Systems

Trainees are encouraged to participate fully in the exercises of the preceptor's department, along with the department's other post-doctoral fellows and graduate students. Each department involved in the training program has its own journal club and research seminars. The journal clubs draw students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty together once a week for a discussion of recent journal articles. Seminars are given by MSSM faculty or distinguished scientists from other universities or research institutions. Trainees often have the opportunity to meet with the speaker after the seminar.