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Univ of Wisconsin-Madison Neuroscience Training Program. Stephen Johnson, DVM/PhD Assistant Professor of Comparative Biosciences Ron Kalil, PhD Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Ann Kelley, PhD Professor of Psychiatry Bob Pearce, MD/PhD Professor of Anesthesiology

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Univ of Wisconsin-Madison Neuroscience Training Program

Stephen Johnson, DVM/PhD

Assistant Professor of Comparative Biosciences

Ron Kalil, PhD

Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Ann Kelley, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry

Bob Pearce, MD/PhD

Professor of Anesthesiology

Heather Daniels, Administrator

CID Leadership Committee

Faculty:

Vaishali Bakshi, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Mary Behan, PhD

Professor of Comparative Biosciences

Cindy Czajkowski, PhD

Associate Professor of Physiology

Tim Gomez, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anatomy

Students:

Jason Berndt--4th year student

Erin Hanlon--4th year student

Rebekah Jakel--3rd year student(MD/PhD)

Aaron Nelson--2nd year student

Terri Schochet--5th year student


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The Program

Founded in 1971

Continuously-funded Training Grant for over 25 years

More than 90 faculty in 23 departments

Over 160 applications received each year

51 current students

99 Ph.D. degrees granted and over 90% of graduates remain in the biomedical sciences


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First Year: Introduction to Discipline and Program

  • Meeting with Student Advisory Committee

  • New student luncheon

  • Neuroscience Picnic

  • Introductory coursework

    • Neuro610-Cellular and Molecular

    • Neuro611-Systems

  • Professional Development

  • Seminar and subgroup

  • Chalk Talks


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Introduction to the Research Enterprise

  • Chalk talks

  • 3 rotations (6-8 weeks each)

  • Choose major prof.

  • Advisory committee

    • Meets twice per year before preliminary exam

    • Once per year thereafter

  • Begin to collect preliminary data


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Additional Instruction

  • Intermediate coursework

    • Emphasis on acquiring breadth

  • Advanced coursework

    • Determined by the advisory committee

  • Quantitative methods

  • Ethics subgroup

  • Teaching experience

  • Seminar and subgroups


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Significant Transition

  • Preliminary exam

    • Thesis proposal

    • Outside area paper

    • Oral defense to advisory committee

    • Oral presentation of thesis proposal to the NTP


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Dissertation and Defense

  • Readiness

    • Certification forms

      • Part I. Coursework

      • Part II. Preliminary Exam

      • Part III. Teaching, Research Presentation, and Dissertation

    • Advisory committee decision

  • The dissertation

    • Written dissertation

      • Introduction (prelim thesis proposal)

      • Body (3-4 published or publishable manuscripts)

      • Concluding chapter

    • Public oral presentation

    • Closed defense


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Innovation

  • Professional Development Course

    • Implemented in 1997

    • Seminar/discussion format

    • Meets 1 hour per week for one semester

    • Topics include:

      • Fellowship writing

      • Oral presentation

      • Lab selection

      • Evaluating research articles

      • Careers


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Novel Idea

  • Mentor/student expectations and feedback

    • Structured written evaluation

      • Of the student: Evaluation of specific skills, e.g. bench skills, experimental design, writing, oral communication, time management, etc.

      • Of the mentor: Evaluation of specific mentoring traits, e.g. one-on-one communication, constructive feedback, appropriate motivational pressures, encouragement of outside lab activities, modeling, etc.


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