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Translational Science Intersessions

The Translational Science Intersessions occur in the last week of each quarter, and are taken by students who have completed one of the eight-week core clerkship rotations in that quarter. Students will generally complete four Translational Science Intersessions during their clinical curriculum. These intersessions are meant to present more advanced understanding of state-of-the-art translational science research with students who have had some clinical training. In general the format includes lecture, seminar-type discussions, journal clubs and student presentations with both basic science and clinical faculty. Students choose one small group topic within the general topic to focus the week.

The general topics for these courses are:

  • Cancer Director, Philip Cole, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Metabolism Director, Stephen Gould, Ph.D.
  • Immunology Director, Stephen Desiderio, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Infectious Disease Director, Brendan Cormack, Ph.D.
  • Regenerative Medicine Director, Robert Stevens, M.D.

One afternoon in each of these weeks is devoted to a discussion of ethics, using a lecture, case presentation and small group presentation led by faculty from the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

In a second afternoon session, students participating in the Intersession meet in small groups with their Colleges Advisory Program to discuss critical incidents from the core clerkships.

Clerkship Directors

Photo of Dr. Brendan P. Cormack, Ph.D.

Cormack, Brendan P., Ph.D.

Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics
Director, Infectious Disease, Translational Science Intersessions
Photo of Dr. Stephen J. Gould, Ph.D.

Gould, Stephen J., Ph.D.

Professor of Biological Chemistry
Co-Director, Graduate Program in Biological Chemistry
Photo of Dr. Robert David Stevens, M.D.

Stevens, Robert David, M.D.

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Associate Professor of Neurology
Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science

Philip Cole, M.D., Ph.D.
Director and E.K. Marshall and Thomas H. Maren Professor, Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences

Time Commitment and Course Length

This course runs for four days.


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