New York Medical College

Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences

Course Descriptions


Because of their interdisciplinary nature, the courses listed below do not fall into any one of the six basic sciences disciplines. They may be taken by students in all Graduate School programs.

BMS 1100 Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits) Dr. Moy
(Previously offered as 900.3)
Introduction to descriptive statistics, normal distribution, significance tests, confidence intervals and point estimation, chi-square analysis, regression and correlation methods, analysis of variance, multiple comparison procedures and non-parametric methods. Lectures: 3 hrs/wk. Letter-graded.
BMS 1200 Statistics for Basic Medical Sciences (2 credits) Dr. Thompson
(Previously offered as 903.2)
Basic methods of statistical analysis are emphasized including t-tests, ANOVA and regression. A mixture of theory and practical use is presented. Letter-graded. Lectures: 2hrs/wk. (FEE: $25. for statistical software used in the course.)
BMS 1300 Computers in Health Sciences (3 credits) Dr. Glassman
(Previously offered as 900.10.3)
This self-study, tutorial course provides an introduction to the basic use of computers in the health sciences, focusing on information searches and retrieval. Problem-based. Letter-graded.
BMS 1410 Neural Science (8 credits) Dr. Sharma and Staff
(Previously offered as 922.8)
Fine structure and gross anatomy of the nervous system, including pathways, are emphasized together with the fundamentals of membrane physiology, neuropharmacology and experimental evidence elucidating conduction of nervous impulses. Reflex activity and integration of function by the central nervous system are dealt with on a theoretical basis and from a clinical point of view. Lectures and conferences: 100 hours, laboratory demonstrations and clinical sessions: 100 hours. Letter-graded. Open to Ph.D. students only.
BMS 2010 Bioethics (2 credits) Dr. Wassermann
(Previously offered as 975.2)
The course is designed to familiarize the student with current thinking on ethical issues in the biomedical professions. Emphasis is on how problems are identified and defined, and the methods employed to resolve them. Lectures and discussions: 2 hrs/wk. Letter-graded.
BMS 2020 Responsible Conduct of Research (2 credits) Dr. F. Belloni and Dr. V. Fried
This course examines basic principles that govern the responsible conduct of biomedical research. The course explores topics related to scientific integrity, collegiality, research subjects, institutional integrity and social responsibility. Students participate actively in the course through written critiques and analyses of assigned readings, in-class presentations, and group discussions. Letter graded. 2hrs/wk.
BMS 3010 Molecular Neurobiology (2 credits) Drs. Ross, Leonard, & Sabban
(Previously offered as 920.2)
Discussion of the structure and function of important molecules in the nervous system. The first part of the course concerns itself with molecules responsible for ion transport, such as the sodium channel and transmitter receptor channel, utilizing results from path-clamping and gene cloning. The second part covers intercellular communication, such as peptides, NGF and cellular recognition molecules. Lectures: 2 hrs/wk. Letter-graded. Prerequisite: PHYS–1010 and 1020, or BMS–1410.
BMS 7100 Frontiers in Science (2 credits) Dr. K. Lerea and Dr. N. Levine
A seminar course designed to train students in reading and discussing papers that successfully combine disciplines covered in the Basic Medical Sciences Interdisciplinary Program. Students will participate in both individual and group presentations on selected contemporary topics. Required for students enrolled in the BMS program. Open to MS students only. Letter graded. Lectures and discussions: 2hrs/wk. Prerequisite: Year 1 of the BMS program or equivalent. Enrollment is limited.
BMS 9700 Master's Independent Study (1 credit) Dr. K. Lerea
Candidates for the Master of Science degree (Plan A) in the interdisciplinary Basic Medical Sciences program may use this course to receive credit for reading and analyzing the scientific literature they will use in writing their mandatory Master's Literature Review (BMS-9750). Students enrolled in BMS 9700 should provide their faculty advisor with frequent and regular updates on their progress. Graded on a Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory basis.
BMS 9750 Master’s Literature Review (1 credit) Dr. F. Wassermann
(Previously offered as 997.1)
The student conducts a thorough library search and writes a scholarly report on an advanced topic in basic medical science under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Required for M.S. program, Plan A, in Basic Medical Sciences. Independent study. Pass/Fail.
BMS 9800 Master’s Thesis Research (1-5 credits) Dr. F. Wassermann
(Previously offered as 998.1-5)
Original research in the laboratory of a faculty sponsor is undertaken towards fulfillment of Plan B Master’s program requirements in Basic Medical Sciences. Thesis research. Hours to be arranged. Pass/Fail. May be taken multiple times for 1-5 credits per term, but only five credits may be counted toward program requirements. Independent study.
BMS 9850 Master’s Thesis (1 credit) Dr. F. Wassermann
(Previously offered as 995.1)
The candidate writes a scholarly thesis describing his/her original laboratory research. The thesis must be approved by a faculty committee and defended by the student. Required for M.S. program, Plan B, in Basic Medical Sciences. Pass/Fail.