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The Graduate Student Research Forum took place in the CARE/Crawley building on Oct. 21, 2011

The Graduate Student Research Forum took place in the CARE/Crawley building on Oct. 21, 2011
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Publish Date: 11/03/11
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Graduate Programs in the College of Medicine Will Convert to Semesters

By this time next year, faculty, staff and students at 13 of UC's colleges and one of its degree-granting units will have several months of semester conversion under their belts, with hopefully few hiccups. At the UC Academic Health Center (AHC), three colleges—nursing, pharmacy and allied health sciences—will undergo the conversion, along with some of the graduate programs at the College of Medicine. All are working hard to ensure that their policies and procedures are updated to align with UC’s new semester schematic (more details of which can be found at

This month, we’re asking faculty and administrators at these colleges to give us some insight into what the conversion means to existing and potential students there.

Below, Mary Jo Peterman, program director in the office of research and graduate education at the College of Medicine, discusses how the conversion process will affect the college. For more information on semester conversion, see the student guide at

What are the MS and PhD programs in the College of Medicine that will be affected by semester conversion?

PhD Degree Programs:
Biomedical Sciences FLEX Option
Biostatistics & Epidemiology
Cancer & Cell Biology
Environmental & Industrial Hygiene
Environmental Genetics & Molecular Toxicology
Molecular & Developmental Biology
Molecular, Cellular & Biochemical Pharmacology
Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry & Microbiology
Systems Biology & Physiology

MS Degree Programs:
Biostatistics & Epidemiology
Clinical & Translational Research
Environmental & Industrial Hygiene
Genetic Counseling
Medical Physics
Molecular, Cellular & Biochemical Pharmacology
Physiology (MS, a 1-year MD Prep Program)
Public Health (MPH)

Why are PhD and MS programs affected in the College of Medicine and not the MD program?  

"Education programs in the College of Medicine are not limited to medical school. The medical student curriculum is already on a block system created when the medical education curriculum changed in August 2011. Technically, the medical school students are also converting to semesters (insofar as when they register for classes and how they’re billed) but that schedule is totally independent from the PhD and MS programs here and those at the rest of the university."

What kinds of changes will students see?

"MS and PhD programs in the College of Medicine have taken this opportunity to evaluate their educational goals and focus. Besides the obvious change, which is from 10 weeks per term over four quarters (autumn, winter, spring and summer) to 14 weeks per term over three semesters (fall, spring and summer), students will, in some cases, have less coursework. Some programs have combined courses that were previously taught over two quarters into one course that will be taught in one semester. Other courses have been revamped and the content has been changed to reflect the expanding and evolving scientific theory and research."

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