Clinical Practicum

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The Clinical Practicum is an integral part of the MERGE-ID curriculum and is completed in the summer of the third year of study. This phase of the program involves extensive interactions that immerse each student in the clinical aspects of the problem he or she is studying for their dissertation research. 

The specific nature of the practicum is discussed with the thesis committee and is designed to enhance the project. For example, a student working on the molecular aspects that influence HIV variation might conduct his or her practicum with a researcher focused on the effects of non-compliance with anti-retroviral medications on the onset and severity of AIDS.

Data obtained during the Clinical Practicum should be integral to the dissertation and help students understand the ways in which their research addresses a central clinical problem. The activity identified by the student is subject to approval by the student's thesis committee. 

Contact Information

Ralph Isberg








Ralph Isberg, PhD
Program Director

Administrative Office
M&V 4
Phone: 617-636-6750
Fax: 617-636-0337

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February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

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