The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has awarded $16 million to 23 universities for its Med Into Grad initiative, a program that integrates clinical medicine into the graduate school curriculum. Each of the winning institutions will receive up to
$700,000 over 4 years.
The Med Into Grad program began in 2005 with awards to 13 schools with the goal of finding out “how graduate schools could provide doctoral
students the skills necessary to investigate the scientific mechanisms
of disease and translate scientific discoveries into clinically
relevant treatments, diagnostics, and public health practices–and
whether such programs would attract students,” it says in HHMI’s press release on the new grants.
Just how the universities use those funds varies. For example, the press release notes, “Some schools, such as Baylor College of Medicine and Cleveland
Clinic/Case Western Reserve University, are creating entirely new
doctoral programs that teach clinically relevant topics in the
classroom, in the clinic, and in the laboratory. Others, such as the
University of California, Davis, designed a series of extra classes and
clinical experiences for students interested in clinical research.
These students can earn a master’s degree or emphasize translational
research in their studies.”