Students begin their full-time dissertation research at the beginning of their second year of the program. They are expected to present their thesis proposals by March 31 of the second year.
During the second year of study, students take part in the Current Topics Journal Club, along with the Graduate Student Seminar, which continues throughout their graduate careers.
Students also select a clinical mentor, someone from the attending staff of Memorial Hospital who is involved in patient-oriented research. The choice will be guided by the student’s thesis project.
Students meet regularly with their clinical mentor, who directs the student in participating in hospital-based academic activities such as grand rounds and conferences with pathology and disease management teams.