Graduate Program in Pathobiology

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ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

ORAL EXAMINATION

The oral examination tests the breadth and depth of the graduate student's scientific knowledge and readiness to begin thesis research. These exams are administered by the Pathobiology program through an oral examination committee. This preliminary oral examination will be scheduled by lottery at the end of the first year meeting with the Program Director. The exam takes place during October after the student has completed all required first year courses.

The committee will consist of 3 members and 1 alternate member selected from within the Pathobiology program faculty, and 2 members and 1 alternate member from Hopkins faculty outside the program. Faculty members are assigned randomly to serve on students' oral exam committees.

If a student fails the first oral exam, a second one will be scheduled.

STUDENTS OF FACULTY WHO LEAVE THE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Students whose thesis advisors/mentors have left Hopkins may continue their project under the Hopkins faculty member and graduate with a Hopkins Ph.D. if they meet all requirements. The thesis advisor/mentor must continue their financial obligations (stipend, insurances, and supplies). If a student moves out of state with the mentor, the student is still considered a Johns Hopkins graduate. The student can waive Hopkins health insurance if covered by a similar plan at the mentor's institution.

It is desirable that students working outside the country or at distant sites within the country return to Hopkins for thesis advisory committee meetings. If that is not possible, however, students will submit written progress reports yearly which will be evaluated by the thesis advisory committee. The committee will then send a written evaluation of the document to the student and place a copy of the evaluation in the student's Pathobiology file.

SEMINARS, JOURNAL CLUBS, AND LAB MEETINGS

Graduate students are expected to attend the weekly Pathobiology Journal Clubs, and lab meetings in their mentor/thesis advisor's departments throughout their training period. Students are encouraged to attend the many seminars presented by invited speakers who are involved in cutting edge research.

PATHOBIOLOGY RETREAT

The annual Pathobiology Retreat (held in early Fall), from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. begins with a series of short research talks by senior students. Other students present posters, and several faculty members or alumni may discuss their research. Sometimes a keynote speaker will deliver a special lecture.

All members of the Pathobiology Graduate Program are expected to participate in this event. This includes Pathobiology Program Faculty, Graduate Students as well as incoming Pathology House Staff. An invitation is also extended to post-doctoral fellows affiliated with Pathobiology faculty.

PATHOLOGY YOUNG INVESTIGATORS' DAY

Young Investigators' Day (held March/April) provides residents, fellows, and students with the opportunity to present their clinical, basic, or translational research efforts. This activity allows faculty, fellows, residents, and students to learn more about the diverse ongoing research in the Pathology department. All fellows, residents, graduate students and medical students working with a faculty member who holds an appointment in the Department of Pathology are invited to submit abstracts and present posters at the poster session. Preliminary or published data in the areas of Basic Research, Translational Research and Clinical Research are presented. Awards will be presented at the Pathology Awards Ceremony in April/May.
(visit PYID website)

GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION POSTER SESSION

The Graduate Student Association Poster Session is held every year. This gives the students the opportunity to showcase their research to both faculty and peers.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Johns Hopkins is a community committed to sharing values of diversity and inclusion in order to achieve and sustain excellence. We firmly believe that we can best promote excellence by recruiting and retaining a diverse group of students, faculty and staff and by creating a climate of respect that is supportive of their success. This climate for diversity, inclusion and excellence is critical to attaining the best research, scholarship, teaching, health care and other strategic goals of the Health System and the University. Taken together these values are recognized and supported fully by the Johns Hopkins Institutions leadership at all levels. Further, we recognize that the responsibility for excellence, diversity and inclusion lies with all of us at the Institutions: leadership, administration, faculty, staff and students.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF STUDENTS

The Pathobiology Program provides stipend, tuition, and health and dental insurance for graduate students through their first year of study. Near the beginning of the second year, the mentor assumes stipend support as well as individual medical and dental insurance for the student. Pathobiology covers the student's tuition for the duration of their studies.

TRANSFER STUDENTS

Students wishing to transfer into the Pathobiology program from other programs must enter the normal admissions process. Within Hopkins, a student may transfer from another mentor to a Pathobiology faculty mentor in our program with consent of the mentor and the Pathobiology Program Director. The student has to satisfy the Pathobiology coursework requirement to be admitted as an advanced student with permission of the Pathobiology Program Director.

VACATION POLICY

Beyond the official University holidays and breaks, students may take two weeks of vacation during the first year and three weeks of vacation during years two through seven. Under special circumstances, additional time off may be granted by mentor with concurrence of the Program Director.

ABSENCES FROM CAMPUS

All students must notify Pathobiology of any absence from campus, including vacations. If a student is in a thesis lab, the PI must be notified of an absence.

SICK LEAVE/LEAVE OF ABSENCE POLICY

Students may take fifteen calendar days of sick leave per year which can be applied to pregnancy/childbirth. Under special circumstances, this period may be extended by the Pathobiology Program Director or the sponsor. Sick leave is not accrued. For medical leave of absence, health insurance will be paid for by the program or sponsor for up to one year if requested by the student. Parental leave of sixty calendar days per year (consisting of sick/vacation and paternity leave used for the adoption or birth of a child). Either parent is eligible for leave. Parental leave is not accrued. If more time is needed, the student will be placed on leave of absence.

The graduate student must report any leave of absence to the Pathobiology program and the Registrar's office. There is a two year total limit on any leave of absence.

PROGRAM POLICY ON ABUSE AND MISCONDUCT

Policies on these issues are available on the Graduate Programs website:
http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/graduateprograms/resources.cfm

GRADUATE STUDENT EMPLOYMENT AND CONSULTING POLICY

Full-time graduate students are expected to devote their entire professional effort to completion of the degree requirements for their graduate programs. Accordingly, employment and/or consulting by full-time graduate students, for organizations other than Johns Hopkins University, is ordinarily not allowed. When a graduate student has completed all course work and oral exam requirements and has progressed sufficiently toward completion of the dissertation requirements, he or she may request an exception to this policy. (The procedure for initiating such a request is available in the Pathobiology office.) In no case should such an exception commit the full-time graduate student to an outside commitment in excess of sixteen (16) hours per week. Students are reminded that adherence to this policy and full written disclosure of proposed outside employment is considered part of their commitment to abide by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine honor code.