First Year Students

Welcome to the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences at the UF College of Medicine.

The objective of the BMS is to provide a pre-doctoral educational experience that is designed to provide maximum flexibility for the training experimentalists and scholars for a wide range of careers in biomedical science.

We are committed to ensure that every graduate student obtains the best possible educational and research experience and receives support by committed graduate faculty that will enable them to complete their degrees in a reasonable time.

2022 Cohort

Fall Orientation BMS 2022 cohort slideshow

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GMS6003/Mentoring Group Information

Research Rotations

During the first year, all BMS doctoral students are required to undertake three ~7 week rotations in three different BMS laboratories. The rotations consist of small research projects in a given laboratory. The purpose of the rotations is to enable the student to become well acquainted with individual faculty members and other graduate students, to learn about their research, to acquire some research techniques and skills, and to establish a basis for selecting a major professor. At the end of each rotation, it is that the student will do a written summation and will orally present a 10-15 summation of their rotation. Students who do not participate in the research rotation presentations will receive an unsatisfactory grade. These presentations are done as part of a journal club in the Advanced Program which coincides with their rotation project. Additionally, it is expected for the student to regularly attend the weekly journal club that coincides with their rotation project. Students can only rotate in the same lab if they have decided to fast-track and have completed the mentor contract.

Rotation Writing Requirement

Getting involved in scientific writing early in graduate training is important.  First-year BMS students are expected to write a brief summary of their rotation project in the format of a scientific paper, with the following sections:

  • Introduction (background, statement of hypothesis)
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion (conclusions)

The total length should be 7-10 pages, double-spaced, not counting figures or tables.  This paper should be submitted to the rotation mentor at least a few days BEFORE the rotation presentation.  This should help you organize your thoughts and prepare for your oral presentation.  Ask your rotation mentor for feedback about your writing.

Every student should be prepared to submit a rotation paper and participate in the oral presentations for each rotation. On rare occasion a student who fast tracks during the fall could form a supervisory committee prior to the start of the spring semester and opt out of the paper and oral presentation requirement for rotation 3. In this case, the student will not be registered for a rotation credit (spring) and the student’s research progress will be overseen by their supervisory committee.

Important information for your rising second year and beyond:

  • Students should form their supervisory committee and conduct their first meeting within 90 days of completing the mentor contract.
  • Students should complete their qualifying exam no later than fall of their third year in the program (2024).