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Why Pursue a PhD in Biomedical Science?

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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.

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Tools for PhD Applicants

Helpful tools for those applying to medical PhD programs.

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Prospective PhD Applicants

Upcoming short presentations will describe features of PhD training, alumni careers, and detailed logistics of the application process.

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Getting into a PhD Program in the Biosciences

Learn about PhD Programs from program leaders.

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Financing Your Graduate Education

Graduate schools in the biomedical sciences will generally provide a comprehensive funding package to their students.

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PhD Programs by School

PhD Programs by School

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Postdoctoral Programs by School

List of Postdoctoral Programs by School

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Postbaccalaureate Programs

Postbaccalaureate programs begin after an undergraduate degree and are designed to support the transition to professional school.

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