Programs in the Biomedical Sciences (PIBS)
Programs in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS) at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM) provides students a wide variety of research opportunities in the biological sciences across many disciplines and departments.
First–year students take a core curriculum that build a solid foundation in the biomedical sciences. The common coursework in the first semester ranges from molecules to cells to systems of human physiology. Lectures are balanced by breakout sessions, in which faculty members discuss the primary literature with students in small groups. Students have the flexibility to select breakout sessions that match their interests. The core curriculum also offers critical learning opportunities in biostatistics, genomic and analytical tools. In the second semester, students select individual modular courses offered in our eight disciplines. Students elect one to two of these per session. These courses cover topics of specific relevance to graduate programs or research topics. Students also complete a course in Biostatistics and a workshop in BioInformatics.
Students complete three to four laboratory rotations in various disciplines during their first year. This opportunity allows students to explore their interests before selecting a program and dissertation mentor. Students match with mentors in specific programs and achieve program affiliation at the end of their first year in one of the following programs (for years two through five):