Successful completion of either the integrated first year graduate curriculum for Ph.D. students or the first two years of medical school for joint MD/PhD students; assessment of performance in the lab; plus an interview with the Program Director/Co-Director(s) will be the minimum steps used for selecting the best candidates for appointment to this Research Training Program in Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Sciences.
The final selection for appointment will be made in conjunction with the Internal Advisory Committee of this training grant. This committee will also handle any trainees/mentor conflicts, evaluate the faculty, recommend when co-advisors become full advisors after they have established themselves as independent investigators. The Internal and External Advisory Committee will work together to achieve quality control of the program and its competitiveness.
Ph.D. students with both an outstanding academic performance in the first year and a strong desire to do cardiovascular or pulmonary research and excellent performance in the lab are really the candidates to be considered for appointment to this Research Training Program in Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Sciences. We consider the first two years in graduate school as opportunity to evaluate their abilities; which in turn may influence their performance in advanced graduate courses, their research achievements, and their long-term career success as a scientist.
The other groups of students to be considered for appointment to this Research Training Program in Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Sciences are the joint M.D./Ph.D. Scholars in the School of Medicine. They are also outstanding students who get accepted into the highly competitive Scholars Program prior to entering the 1st year of medical school. Actually, they come to our campus by July 1 of their 1st year (1½ months earlier than the regular 1st year medical class) in order to become acquainted with the research environment, complete 1 of the 3 required research lab rotations, and then go through the orientation, before starting medical school.