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Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology

Curriculum

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Research Ethics Symposium

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During their tenure at Baylor College of Medicine, all graduate students and postdoctorals (clinical and basic science) are required to participate in formal training in the ethics of biomedical research. Class attendance is monitored to ensure compliance.

Class exercises will guide students in learning how to contend with an array of ethical challenges that may confront the biomedical scientist. Strategies to promote ethical behavior in the conduct, proposal and reporting of research are covered along with federal and college guidelines and policies regarding scientific misconduct, data management and ownership, authorship and peer review, conflicts of interests and human and animal research.

The course format includes lectures and case discussions centered around specific issues. Discussions are provided concerning the protection of human subjects’ confidentiality, safety, and privacy during the conduct of clinical trials.

Credits: 8 contact hours. The class is offered twice a year, in June and August.

This symposium meets the NIH requirement for ethics training for all NIH-funded trainees.

Download the schedule.

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Grants and Contracts Course

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The Grants and Contracts Course, Co-Sponsored by the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the Office of Research begins in early January. The course is accredited by the Baylor College of Medicine Graduate School, for enrolled graduate students, and for continuing education credits for organizations that will accept them. All Baylor faculty and staff interested in learning more about the procedures, policies and requirements of preparing grant applications and the basics of contracts for sponsored research are invited to attend all or selected classes. There is no charge for the class.

All classes will be held in Room M616, Cell Biology Conference room, 6th Floor, DeBakey Building, on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. The course will meet for nine sessions. See the schedule with the instructor’s names and class descriptions

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Other Training Opportunities

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In addition to standard training programs leading to the Ph.D. degree and for Ph.D. postdoctoral, several other opportunities are available through the Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology.

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Clinical Scientist Training Program

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The Clinical Scientist Training Program provides multidisciplinary didactic training for clinical researchers. The aim of the CSTP is to promote the education and training of highly motivated students to become successful, independent clinical investigators and future leaders in academic medicine and biomedical research. The M.S. and Ph.D. programs offered by the CSTP are targeted to individuals with an M.D. degree who are pursuing postgraduate training in any area of basic or clinical science. Individuals with M.D. or other health care related degrees also have the option to participate and earn the Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Clinical Investigation.

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M.D.s and Training Grants

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Individuals with M.D. degrees may also apply to do basic research with a mentor who is a participating faculty member on one of the Training Grants administered through the department. These opportunities may be linked to other clinical training opportunities. The training grants provide a means of support.

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