Med-Into-Grad: Integrating Medical Knowledge into Graduate Training at UCSD
 

Med-into-Grad at UCSD: Med-into-Grad is an initiative at UCSD School of Medicine that provides medical training for graduate students, giving them an understanding of the presentation, progression, diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to their area of thesis research. The initiative is sponsored by the the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).   The HHMI, the National Institutes of Health, and UCSD believe that the medical training of graduate students will produce researchers who focus their current and future research on the most important aspects of human disease, who are aware of how their molecular knowledge can be used to improve diagnostics and therapeutics, who will understand how to interface and collaborate with clinical and translational researchers to move basic research discoveries into the clinical setting, and who will be more passionate about their research goals because they have acquired an urgency to cure human disease by being exposed to it first hand.   Participating graduate programs include Biomedical Sciences, Molecular Pathology, Neurosciences, and Bioengineering.

Rational for Integrating Medical Training into Graduate Education: The medical setting richly illustrates the profound impact of disease on the human condition.  It daily reveals how defined biochemical mechanisms produce clear pathologies, and illustrates the features of disease that continue to progress despite the best treatments.  It illustrates secondary pathologies at distant sites that emerge due to biochemical or cellular mechanisms unrelated to the primary cause of the disease, and these pathologies may be more lethal than the primary disease itself.   The medical setting is also a rich environment for clinical and translational research, which includes ongoing clinical trials, and the development and use of drugs, biomechanical, or biosensing devices for therapeutic purposes.  While graduate students interested in biomedical research are empowered to solve molecular mechanisms and conceptualize and develop therapeutics, they lack a medical understanding of disease that can steer their research down the most important avenues, and help them to use their molecular discoveries to address the issue of unmet diagnostic and therapeutic needs.   UCSD's Med-into-Grad initiative is designed to provide limited, focused, medical education within a student's area of disease interest to optimize their future contribution toward the complete understanding and effective treatment of human disease.

Core Med-into-Grad education: Med-into-Grad training involves participation in one of the Winter quarter clinical training programs listed below (described in Winter quarter training programs), and two Autumn activities that prepare students for their clinical experience—a 2 unit course “Science Meets the Medical Patient” and a self-study in histology and histopatology.  In the last half of autumn quarter, students attend the clinical Grand Rounds and patient case conferences associated with their focus area (each is 1 hour/week).  These, and other focus-specific clinical activities, are outlined in Autumn Preparatory Activities.  Students may attend as many of these clinical activities as they desire during autumn quarter, and will attend most of them during their winter quarter program.  The purpose of these autumn activities is to establish the student’s knowledge of histopathology, their understanding of the open research questions that need to be addressed in this area of medicine, their understanding of treatment issues, and their familiarity with the faculty who they will interact with during their MSP.  A deeper understanding of the unmet diagnostic and therapeutic needs of human diseases, as well as drug-based and stem cell-based therapeutic designs, can be obtained through education outlined in Med-into-Grad electives. Click on individual pictures for designated trainees to read more about each one's experience in his or her own words.

            Description of winter quarter training programs
                            Infectious disease, non-viral
                            Infectious disease, tropical/peru
                            Infectious disease, viral
                            Inflammatory, allergic, autoimmune disease
                            Cutaneous Biology
                            Cardiovascular Diseases
                            Genetic Diseases
                            Cancer and Blood Cell Malignancies
                            Neurodegenerative Diseases
                            Pain
                            Diabetes
                            Lung biology and diseases

                 Autumn quarter preparatory activities

                 Med-into-Grad electives
                      
                 Criteria for selecting an MSP

                 Applicant information: Requirements, and application process

                 HHMI funding of MSP trainees

 

2012-2013 Students






Christian Cole
Chem/Biochem
Neurodegeneration
Janna Hachmann
Sanford Burnham
Cancer
Angel Bottini
Sanford Burnham
Rheumatology
Gaurav Kaushik
Bioengineering
Cardiovascular Dis.
Ana Rodriguez
Bioengineering
Orthopedics
Jeffrey Rodvold
Biomedical Sciences
Cancer






Jim Sanford
Biomedical Sciences
Infectious Diseases
Eugene Sato
Bioengineering
Orthopedics
Colleen Stoyas
Biomedical Sciences
Neurodegeneration
Sophia Suarez
Bioengineering
Cardiovascular Dis.
Victoria Thaney
Sanford Burnham
Infectious Diseases
Spencer Wei
Biomedical Sciences
Cancer

2011-2012 Students
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Stewart Cao
Sanford Burnham
Gastrointestinal Dis.
Mark Eckert
Molecular Pathology
Cancer
Margie Mathewson
Bioengineering
Orthopedics
Matt Poling
Biomedical Sciences
Reproductive Disease
Theresa Reno
Biomedical Sciences
Cancer
Ada Shao
Biomedical Sciences
Neurologic Disease




 

 

Tiffany Taylor
Biomedical Sciences
Cancer
Rachel Zarndt
Biomedical Sciences
Pulmonary Diseases

 

2010-2011 Students
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Effie Bastounis
Bioengineering
Infectious Disease
Charlie Gray
Pharmacology
Cardiovascular Dis.
Lateira Haynes
Biomedical Sciences
Diabetes
Sonya Seif-Naraghi
Bioengineering
Cardiovascular Dis.
Morgan Pence
Biomedical Sciences
Infectious Disease
Esmeralda Ruiz
Biomedical Sciences
Cancer




 

 

Judith Scheliga
Sanford-Burnham
Cancer
Cathy Xing
Biomedical Sciences
Cancer

 

 

2009-2010 Students
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Lu
Andrew Borkowski
Biomedical Sciences Infectious Diseases
Boryana Eastman
Biomedical Sciences Cancer
Suzette Farber-Katz
Biomedical Sciences
Diabetes
Elliot Howard
Bioengineering
Cancer
Lisa Kurtz
Neurosciences
Neurologic Disease
Nathan Lewis
Biomedical Sciences
Neurologic Disease




 

 

Dan MacLeod
Molecular Pathology
Infectious Disease
Julianne McCall
Biomedical Sciences
Neurologic Disease
Dibyendu Sengupta
Engineering
Cardiovascular Dis.
Amanda White
Biomedical Sciences
Diabetes
 

2008-2009 Students
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Browne
Chow, Maggie
Feldman
Gomez-
Gonzales
Taylor Bright
Biomedical Science
Infectious Diseases
Cecille Browne
Molecular Pathology
Rheumatology
Maggie Chow
Neurosciences
Neurogenetic Disease
Kristyn Feldman
Biomedical Sciences
Infectious Diseases
Rafael Gomez-Amaro
Biomedical Sciences
Cancer
Jon Gonzales
Biomedical Sciences
Diabetes/Metabolic
Lu
Miller, meghan
Pacold
Rane
Smith
Stiles
David Lu
Molecular Pathology
Cardiovascular Dis.
Meghan Miller
Biomedical Sciences
Neurologic Disease
Mary Pacold
Bioinformatics
Infectious viral dis
Aboli Rane
Bioengineering
Cardiovascular Dis.
Lucas Smith
Bioengineering
Orthopaedics
Travis Stiles
Biomedical Science
Neurologic Disease

2007-2008 Students
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Jonathan Hagopian
Cancer
Jose Morachis
Cancer
Chris Larson
Cancer
Denise Cecil
Autoimmune Disease
Andrew Crain
Neurologic Disease
Dustin Wakeman
Neurologic Disease







Amy Hsieh
Cardiovascular Dis.
Jason Chan
Infectious Diseases
Michael Song
Pulmonary Diseases
Joaquim C-Teixeira
Cardiovascular Dis.
Ellen O'Dea
Rheumatology

2006-2007 Students
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Scarlett
Eliot Bourk
Cancer
Scarlett Shell Tropical Disease
Anokhi Kapasi
Infectious Disease
Shannon Weiman
Infectious Disease
Elyssa Burg
Pulmonary
Heidi Schmidt
Medical Genetics
Moshirvaziri, Shayda
Hsiao, Gene
Carlo
Diane Whitmer
Neurology/Epilepsy
Eric Lau
Hematology
Dayu Teng
Cardiovascular Dis.
Shayda Moshirvazir
Diabetes
Gene Hsiao
Diabetes
C. Nikoosh Carlo
Genetics
Ohn Chow
Chris Gregg
Cardiocascular Dis.
Smita Pathak
Neurologic Disease
Yael Shrager
Neurologic Disease
Ohn Chow
Infectious Disease

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