Master of Science in Biomedical Science (MSBS) program

LECOM offers a research-focused curriculum concurrent with the DO program for students who aim to have a strong research background and/or are interested in a career as a physician-researcher. The Master of Science in Biomedical Science (MSBS) program is a graduate level program available only to current first year medical students at the Erie Campus that serves as a structured research experience. Through coursework, research design, experience, and a comprehensive research project, the program will produce graduates qualified for clinical medicine and able to develop independent research programs.

The MSBS program will comprise two overlapping phases:
Phase 1 – Mastery of Research Skills [begin summer between OMS1 and OMS2]: During this phase students will first take courses in Research Techniques, Application of Biostatistics and Journal Club. These courses will foster the necessary skills to develop a hypothesis-based research plan and the attitudes required for ethical involvement in biomedical research.

Phase 2 – Development and completion of a Thesis Project [completed fall OMS4]: During this phase, students (with their Research Advisor) will develop a hypothesis-driven research project, conduct experiments, analyze data and defend their research in an open defense. This phase will include Research, Data Club and Thesis courses.

For more information, contact Randy Kulesza, Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, at (814) 866-8423, or through the contact us page.