Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A Good Idea

"The LHB Program has two goals. First, it will provide PhD students with a working knowledge of the fundamentals of human biology and disease, primarily through a series of courses, to enrich their basic science training and broaden their research interests. Second, it will demystify the culture and practice of medicine, facilitating future collaborations with clinicians and physician-scientists, through activities designed to bring students into a hospital environment into direct contact with physicians, patients, medical students, and physician-scientists."

The Leder Human Biology and Translational Medicine Program is available to Harvard PhD students in the biomedical sciences. Do any Canadian institutions offer the kind of training described by LHB's second goal? It is more important than the first and should be the top priority for institutions purporting to train biomedical PhDs.