Core Curriculum

All students are required to enroll in and complete the core curriculum during their first year at Cedars-Sinai. The core curriculum is an integrated course that teaches students the fundamentals of basic biomedical research processes and familiarizes students with the clinical implications and translational opportunities associated with such research.

During the first year, students will complete 7 modules; Immunology, Oncology, Gastroenterology, Genetics, Cardiology, Stem Cells and Neuroscience. In addition, a series of "Special Topic Units" focused on specific translational research tools and skills will be presented in 1.5 hour sessions twice a week. During the fall and early winter, the first special topics area to be covered will be Biostatistics, followed by condensed, shorter sections on genomics, proteomics, expression, imaging, and ethical issues. Actual times and organization are subject to change.

The third component of the core curriculum is a series of presentations related to issues in Biomedical and Translation Research. These sessions will address the ethical, regulatory, and logistical issues important in human disease related research.

Laboratory Rotations

Students are required to complete 3 laboratory rotations during the first year of the program. Laboratory rotations give graduate students an opportunity to experience several laboratory environments, research opportunities and investigators that they may be considering for their thesis research. These rotations also allow the faculty to evaluate students in a research setting and get to know the students. Laboratory rotations run congruent with the academic trimesters.

Students are expected to partake fully in the laboratories' activities including group laboratory meetings, discussion groups and laboratory projects. Students are expected to arrange independently each of their three rotations with the Cedars-Sinai mentoring faculty who are actively participating in the program. Laboratory rotation arrangements between students and their laboratory mentors cannot be made prior to four weeks before the rotation is to begin.

Observational Clinical Rotations

Students are required to complete at least 2 observational clinical rotations during each trimester. These rotations allow students to observe patient care and clinical research in a variety of clinical settings.  After the completion of the core curriculum, additional clinical observations are provided based on individual research interests of the graduate students as they progress through their research years.