The basic medical sciences encompass a variety of non-clinical areas of the medical school curriculum, including: biochemistry, cell biology, environmental oncology, microbiology, parasitology, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology. Most of these Ph.D. programs are located physically in a medical school, with each basic medical science represented by a specific department. Most students in such programs receive full-tuition scholarships, frequently with living allowances.
Scientists in this field have many career opportunities. In the past they usually chose academic positions involving both research and teaching, including the training of future Ph.D.s in basic medical science. With the present development of biotechnology industries, however, more and more scientists are entering research positions in industry, since a good deal of the research performed in this new and developing sector is in essence "basic research." In addition to research and/or teaching, some scientists leave "hands on" work for positions with government or private funding agencies, or agencies concerned with such issues as environmental protection, scientific ethics, education policy, and the like. Finally, some become popular periodical science writers or editors for scientific publishing companies.
All applicants must have a B.S. or B.A. degree in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or physics, and must also have some research experience beyond formal laboratory courses. All candidates must take the GRE.
Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
NYU School of Medicine 550 1st Avenue, Room LHY24GN
New York, NY 10016
Tel: (212) 263-5648
Department of Biology
100 Washington Square East, Room 1009
New York, NY 10003-6688
Tel: (212) 998-8200
The diversity of educational programs, information sources, and career opportunities in the biomedical sciences is vast. We suggest as a starting point an excellent article, "Careers in Biology," by Roy H. and Barbara W. Sago. This paper, in pamphlet form and augmented by a substantial list of professional societies from which students can request information, is available from the American Institute of Biological Sciences.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
American Institute of Biological Sciences
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