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Core Competencies of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has concluded that six areas of expertise are central to successful doctoral training and integrates these learning objectives into its curriculum and research training programs. Proficiency in these objectives is specifically assessed during the Qualifying Exam, at each annual TRAC meeting, and at the Dissertation Defense.

1. Scientific Knowledge and Critical Thinking: The GSBS graduate is conversant in a common set of biological/biomedical principles.

  • Demonstrates substantial and up to date core knowledge of broad areas in basic biomedical, translational, or clinical research applicable to their field.
  • Demonstrates the ability to accurately and critically evaluate their own scientific work and the work of others.

2. Research Skills and Problem Solving Ability: The GSBS graduate can identify important problems and knows how to address them.

  • Demonstrates advanced understanding of a range of technical and conceptual approaches used in biomedical research.
  • Can design, carry out, and interpret research projects that generate new knowledge which advances the biomedical sciences and human health.

3. Specific Expertise: The GSBS graduate is competitive in their chosen field, interest area, specialty or discipline.

  • Articulates the significance of their own work to their field in both historical and forward-looking contexts.
  • Demonstrates mastery of a range of technical and conceptual approaches used in their field.

4. Communication: The GSBS graduate has the ability to successfully engage in written and oral discourse with peer and lay audiences

  • Demonstrates the oral, written and media communication skills required to be effective communicants, teachers and mentors of peers, future scientists and scientifically literate citizens

5. Ethics and Advocacy: The GSBS graduate applies the highest standards of ethics to

  • Their research (data management and sharing, research subjects, stewardship of research funds)
  • Their interactions with colleagues and the public.
  • And advocates for the central role of science in medicine and society

6. Career Development: The GSBS graduate has the ability to choose from a range of career options.

  • Articulates an appropriate set of desired potential career paths, and is aware of the preparation and initiative required to pursue these paths.