Why Pursue a PhD in Biomedical Science?

Information about what one can do with a PhD in Biomedical Science.
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Biomedical Research: What is it?

Biomedical research is the exploration of processes that govern the functioning of molecules, cells, and organisms in health and disease.

Biomedical Scientists: Who are they?

Biomedical scientists bridge the gap between the basic sciences and medicine. The PhD degree is the gateway to a career in biomedical research.

Biomedical scientists:

  • Think outside the box and are innovators
  • Are critical and analytical thinkers
  • Get excited by discovering new things
  • Look at biology and see previously unrecognized patterns
  • Enjoy the freedom to pursue interesting questions
  • Have the persistence to a see a project through from small beginnings to great discoveries
  • Want to improve the human condition through their work
  • See the power of biomedical research to change the world

About This Site

The content on this site was developed by the Aspiring Biomedical Scientists Committee of the AAMC's Graduate Research, Education and Training (GREAT) Group. The GREAT Group serves as a national forum to help PhD, MD-PhD, and postdoctoral training programs educate successful biomedical researchers.

PhD Programs for Aspiring Biomedical Scientists

Download this informational resource for students interested in pursuing a PhD degree in the biomedical sciences.

Compact Between Biomedical Graduate Students and Their Research Advisors

These guiding principles are intended to support the development of a positive mentoring relationship between the pre-doctoral student and their research advisor.

Summer Undergraduate Research Programs

Listing of summer programs for undergraduates interested in pursuing careers in medical research.

Predoctoral Programs by School

Predoctoral Programs by School