With the help of a total of $10 million in training grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), 13 graduate schools across the country are reworking their curricula to give PhD students a solid background in clinical medicine.
The revamped programs aim to speed translational research by boosting the number of clinically savvy basic research scientists. They are Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Tex); the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio); Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge); Rice University (Houston, Tex); Stanford University (Stanford, Calif); the University of Alabama, Birmingham; the University of California, Davis; the University of California, San Diego; the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; the University of Washington, Seattle; and Yale University (New Haven, Conn). Each of the graduate schools has designed a unique program that mixes elements such as medical course work, seminars, clinical rotations, and 2 mentors—one physician, one scientist.
Kuehn BM. PhD Programs Adopt Bench-to-Bedside Model to Speed Translational Research. JAMA. 2006;295(13):1506-1507. doi:10.1001/jama.295.13.1506