New York Medical College

Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences

Pharmacology Curriculum

 

Master of Science Program

Specific Program Requirements (Hegis Code 0409)

A minimum grade of B must be achieved in each pharmacology core course and pharmacology elective. Elective credits must be advanced didactic courses in pharmacology or, if in other disciplines, approved by the director.

Plan A: A minimum of 31 credits must be earned, including a one-credit Master’s Literature Review.
 
Required Courses  
Fundamentals of Pharmacology (PHARM 1000) * 2 credits
Mammalian Physiology I & II (PHYS 1010, 1020) 8 credits
General Biochemistry I & II (BIOC 1010, 1020) 8 credits
Pharmacology I & II (PHARM 1010, 1020) 8 credits
Master’s Literature Review (PHARM 9750) 1 credit
Pharmacology Electives
 
4 credits
TOTAL
 
31 credits
* Students with prior training in pharmacology may substitute elective credits for PHARM 1000.

 

Plan B: A minimum of 30 credits must be earned, including a one-credit Master’s thesis.
 
Core Courses  
Mammalian Physiology I & II (PHYS-1010, 1020) 8 credits
General Biochemistry I & II (BIOC 1010, 1020) 8 credits
Pharmacology I & II (PHARM 1010,1020) 8 credits
Master’s Thesis Research (PHARM 9800) 1 credit
Master’s Thesis (PHARM 9850) Up to 5 credits
Pharmacology Electives
 
0-5 credits
TOTAL 30 credits

Doctor of Philosophy

Specific Program Requirements (Hegis Code 0409)

A minimum of 45 course credits and 15 dissertation research credits must be earned. A minimum grade of B must be earned in each pharmacology course in order for it to be applied to the degree requirements. Elective credits must be in advanced didactic courses in pharmacology or, if in other disciplines, approved by the program director. Journal Club (PHARM 8010) and Laboratory Demonstrations (PHARM 8300) must be taken each semester and each year, respectively, that the student is in residence, except for the year before graduation. These credits do not, however, count toward fulfillment of the 45-credit program requirement.

Required Core Courses  
Mammalian Physiology I & II (PHYS 1010, 1020) 8 credits
General Biochemistry I & II (BIOC 1010, 1020) 8 credits
Pharmacology I & II (PHARM 1010, 1020) 8 credits
Other Required Courses  
Survey of Research Techniques (PHARM 9110) 6 credits
Statistics for Basic Medical Sciences (BMS 1200) 2 credits
Journal Club (PHARM 8010) 0 credits
Laboratory Demonstrations (PHARM 8300) 0 credits
Electives 13 credits
Subtotal, course credits 45 credits
Doctoral Dissertation Research (PHARM 9900) 15 credits
TOTAL 60 credits

Qualifying Examination

After completion of the required core courses, the student must appear before the Pharmacology Faculty for a Qualifying Examination, which has both written and oral components. This usually occurs at the end of the second year. Upon successful completion of the Qualifying Exam, the student chooses a research advisor in order to develop a research proposal that will lead to a successful thesis and thesis defense.

Candidacy

The student is eligible to enter doctoral candidacy after successful completion of the Qualifying Exam, the accumulation of at least 30 didactic credits including all the required courses, and the recommendation of the program faculty. M.D./Ph.D. students are eligible for candidacy under the same conditions except that the credit requirement consists only of the required graduate courses.

Dissertation Committee

The Dissertation Committee must include at least five members of the graduate faculty, including one from another graduate program. The research sponsor serves as the chair of this committee. A scientist from outside the institution may be included on the committee.