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Molecular and Cellular Basis of Disease
PhD Training Program in Experimental Pathology
The Molecular and Cellular Basis of Disease (MCBD) PhD program is designed to rigor-
ously train students to excel in the research associated with elucidating the mechanisms of
disease processes, with a particular emphasis on the skills necessary to perform transla-
tional research. Admission to the MCBD program is in most cases through the combined
Molecular Medicine (Pathology Pharmacology, and Physiology) (MOMD/PPP) admissions
program, or through the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Students from other
BIMS programs would be accepted into the MCBD PhD program.
The focus of the first year of studies is on core curriculum requirements that are shared by
most programs (e.g. MOMD, MII, BMBG, CDB) at UVA. Generally, the equivalent accom-
plishments will be achieved during the first two years of medical education within the
A total of at least 30 credit hours should be earned during the first year.
Research Rotations (First and Second Semester)