New York Medical College

Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences

Program Curriculum

 

Pathology Program

Specific Program Requirements (Hegis Code 0408)

Elective courses are chosen in consultation with the graduate program director and faculty sponsor. PATH–8600 may be counted toward elective credit requirements in all Experimental Pathology programs. Research credits may be substituted for didactic credits in the general experimental pathology M.S. track (Plan B), but not in any of the three specialized M.S. tracks.

Master of Science in Pathology

A minimum of 31 credits is required including either the one-credit Master’s Literature Review (Plan A) or the one credit Master’s Thesis (Plan B).

Required Core Courses

 

Introduction to Pathology (PATH–1080)

3 credits

Systemic Pathology (PATH–1090)

3 credits

Introduction to Epidemiology (PATH–1200)

3 credits

Environmental Toxicology (PATH–2310) OR Toxicology (PHARM–2510)

2 or 3 credits

General Biochemistry I & II (BIOC–1010, 1020)

8 credits

Cell Biology (CELL–1360)

3 credit

Introduction to Biostatistics (BMS–1100) OR Statistics for Basic Medical Sciences (BMS–1200)

2 or 3 credits

 

Plan A:

 

Electives

4 - 6 credits

Master’s Literature Review (PATH–9750)

1 credit

TOTAL - Plan A

31 credits

 

Plan B:

 

Electives

0 to 6 credits

Master’s Thesis Research (PATH–9800)

up to 5 credits

Master’s Thesis (PATH–9850)

1 credit

TOTAL - Plan B

31 credits

Doctor of Philosophy

Specific Program Requirements (Hegis Code 0408)

A minimum of 45 course credits plus 15 dissertation research credits is required. Students participate in laboratory research each semester, acquiring skills and experience for developing a program of supervised independent research for the doctoral dissertation. Journal Club (PATH–8010) is taken in each semester of residence, but is not counted toward the 45-credit degree requirement.

Required Core Courses

 

Cell Biology (CELL–1360)

3 credits

General Biochemistry I & II (BIOC–1010, 1020)

8 credits

Fundamentals of Animal Research (PATH–1110)

3 credits

Experimental Pathology Laboratory (PATH–9110)

6 credits

General Pathology (PATH–1410)

6 credits

Systemic Pathology (PATH–1090 or PATH–1420)

3 - 8 credits

Cell Physiology (PHYS–2310) OR Cell Signaling (BIOC–2630)

2 credits

Introduction to Biostatistics (BMS–1100) OR Statistics for Basic Medical Sciences (BMS–1200)

2 - 3 credits

Journal Club (CELL 8010)

0 credits

Bioethics (BMS–2010)

2 credits

Electives

0 - 6 credits

Subtotal, course credits

45 credits

Doctoral Dissertation Research (PATH-9900)

15 credits

TOTAL

60 credits

 M.D./Ph.D. Candidates

Students in the M.D./Ph.D. program seeking their Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology must earn 10 credits in didactic graduate courses, including Biochemistry of Gene Expression (BIOC–1250) and Cell Biology (CELL–1360). Additional courses are chosen after consultation with the student’s faculty sponsor and graduate program director. Other requirements (qualifying examination, journal club, computer literacy) will be the same as those expected of Ph.D. students.

Qualifying Examination

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree are also required to pass both the written and oral components of a comprehensive Ph.D. qualifying examination administered by the program faculty near the end of the second year of study.

Candidacy

The student is eligible to enter doctoral candidacy after successful completion of the Qualifying Examination, the accumulation of at least 30 didactic credits including all required courses, and the recommendation of the program faculty.