Structural Anatomy & Rehabilitation Sciences

Rustin Reeves, Ph.D.
Research and Education Building 202
817-735-2050
E-mail: rustin.reeves@unthsc.edu

Nicoleta Bugnariu, PhD, Graduate Advisor for Rehabilitation Sciences
Medical Education Training Building, Room 531
Phone: 817-735-2976
E-mail: Nicoleta.Bugnariu@unthsc.edu 

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The Structural Anatomy and Rehabilitation Sciences Ph.D. program is a collaborative, interprofessional program offered by the department of Integrated Physiology and Anatomy and the department of Physical Therapy. This program, through research opportunities, coursework, and teaching experiences will develop and train students who will be qualified to serve as faculty members and independent researchers in various departments at health science centers and universities. The program will focus on anatomy, biomechanics and movement science using advanced experimental, computational, and clinical tools. The major impetus of the research in the discipline will consist of but not be limited to: 1) neuroscience of movement production, learning and control; 2) biomechanics, including the study of the structure, function, evolution/adaptive significance, and mechanical behavior of musculoskeletal soft and hard tissues, 3) anatomical studies linked to clinical applications in orthopedics and physical therapy, 4) the analysis, design, and/or development of rehabilitation protocols, assessment tools and techniques, assistive devices and instrumentation used in rehabilitation practice, 5) studies of educational pedagogy in anatomy/movement science through the development of unique educational tools, techniques and assessment strategies.

Degree Plans

The following are typical degree plans for students in the Structural Anatomy Track for the Cell Biology and Immunology discipline. It is advantageous to the student to begin graduate study in the fall semester. This degree plan may vary depending upon availability of course offerings in a given semester and each student's progress toward thesis and dissertation research

 

Ph.D. Degree Plan for Cell Biology and Immunology - Structural Anatomy Track

Year 1: Fall

BMSC 6301

Integrative Biomedical Sciences I: Principles of Biochemistry

4 SCH

BMSC 6302 Integrative Biomedical Sciences II: Molecular Cell Biology 4 SCH
BMSC 5135 Introduction to Faculty Research Programs

2 SCH

BMSC 5150

Lab Rotations

1 SCH

BMSC 5160 

Biomedical Ethics

1 SCH



12 SCH

Year 1: Spring

BMSC 6303

Integrative Biomedical Sciences III: Physiology

3 SCH

BMSC 6304

Integrative Biomedical Sciences IV: Pharmacology

2 SCH
BMSC 6305 Integrative Biomedical Sciences V: Immunology and Microbiology 3 SCH

BMSC 5310

Scientific Communications

3 SCH

BMSC 5150

Lab Rotations

1 SCH


12 SCH




Year 1: Summer

BMSC 5400

Biostatistics for Biomedical Sciences

4 SCH

BMSC 6998

Individual Research

2 SCH



6 SCH




Year 2: Fall

CBAN 6330

Structural and Developmental Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal and Skin System

3 SCH

CBAN 5630 Structural Neuroscience 6 SCH

CBAN 5332

Structural and Developmental Anatomy of the Cardiorespiratory System

3 SCH

CBAN 5140

Seminar in Current Topics

1 SCH

CBAN 6141

Current Topics (Journal Club)

1 SCH



14 SCH


Year 2: Spring

CBAN 5334

Structural and Developmental Anatomy of the Human Digestive System

3 SCH

CBAN 5330 Structural and Developmental Anatomy of the Human Genitourinary System 3 SCH
CBAN 6998

Individual Research

2 SCH

CBAN 5140

Seminar in Current Topics 

1 SCH

CBAN 6141

Current Topics (Journal Club)

1 SCH

CBAN 6390

Special Problems 2 SCH


 Qualifying Exam

0 SCH



12 SCH

Year 2: Summer

CBAN 6390

Special Problems

3 SCH

BMSC 6998

Individual Research

3 SCH



6 SCH

Year 3: Fall

BMSC 6310

Grant Writing

3 SCH

BMSC 6998

Individual Research

2 SCH

CBAN 5140

Seminar in Current Topics

1 SCH

CBAN 6141

Current Topics (Journal Club)

1 SCH

CBAN 6390

Special Problems in Cell Biology and Immunology Teaching Assistant

2 SCH

PSIO 5300 or 5302

Cardiovascular Physiology or Physiology and Pathophysiology of the Renal and Respiratory Systems

3 SCH



12 SCH




Year 3: Spring

BMSC 6998

Individual Research

8 SCH

CBAN 6390

Special Problems: Gross Anatomy Teaching Assistant

1 SCH



9 SCH






Year 3: Summer

BMSC 6998

Individual Research

6 SCH



6 SCH

Year 4: Fall

BMSC 6998

Individual Research

5 SCH

BMSC 6395

Doctoral Dissertation

3 SCH

CBAN 6390

Special Problems: Gross Anatomy Teaching Assistant

1 SCH



9 SCH




Year 4: Spring

BMSC 6998

Individual Research

5 SCH

BMSC 6395

Doctoral Dissertation

3 SCH

CBAN  6390

Special Problems: Gross Anatomy Teaching Assistant

1 SCH



9 SCH




TOTAL


99-105 SCH





Advancement to Doctoral Candidacy

 

Qualifying Examination

The qualifying examination within the Structural Anatomy and Rehabilitation Sciences Track must be successfully completed prior to concluding 72 semester credit hours (SCH). The main goal of the examination is to ensure that each doctoral student has a broad knowledge base in biomedical sciences and has mastered the fundamental principles of anatomy and rehabilitation science in order to be a successful doctoral candidate and an independent researcher. The qualifying examination consists of written and oral phases. The examination will be directed towards the didactic course work of the student, with an emphasis on the anatomical and rehabilitation sciences. Basic knowledge and understanding of microbiology, immunology, and physiology will be assessed; however, the emphasis of this assessment will be on anatomy and/or biomechanics and the principles of movement and motor control. The initial phase of the qualifying examination consists of a set of written questions administered by a qualifying examination committee (QEC) composed of faculty members of the Department of Integrative Physiology and Anatomy and/or the Department of Physical Therapy. Within 4 weeks of taking the written examination, the chair of the QEC will schedule the oral examination. The oral examination will consist of questions that further explore the student’s answers in the written phase, as well as questions on additional topics in anatomy, cell biology and/or rehabilitation sciences as deemed appropriate by the QEC. The University Committee Member must be in attendance for the oral phase of the examination. The qualifying examination will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Successful completion of the qualifying exam must be accomplished before the student can register for Grant Writing (BMSC 6310). Two attempts to pass the qualifying examination will be allowed. Failure to pass the qualifying examination after 2 attempts will result in dismissal from the doctoral program. In this case, a student may be allowed to complete the requirements for a Master of Science degree.

Grant Writing (BMSC 6310)

 

After passing the qualifying examination, but prior to the completion of 84 SCH, the student must register for Grant Writing (BMSC 6310). This stage of the advancement to doctoral candidacy evaluates a student’s aptitude for independent thought and scientific writing. The student is required to (a) prepare an NIH-style research proposal; (b) present the proposal in a public seminar; and (c) orally defend the proposal before the grant writing committee composed from members of his/her doctoral advisory committee. The proposal should be based on an original hypothesis and should describe specific experimental approaches to address the hypothesis. The graduate advisor will appoint a member of the student’s advisory committee to coordinate the process. The student will meet with the advisory committee at least two times during the semester to review drafts of the proposal. The final written proposal must be typed in NIH format and presented to the advisory committee at least two weeks prior to the public seminar and oral defense. The grant proposal and the student’s oral presentation and defense will be evaluated on the basis of originality and ability to synthesize and communicate the proposal content. The student’s University Member must be present for the public seminar and oral defense of the proposal. Upon successful completion of Grant Writing (BMSC 6310), the student is advanced to doctoral candidacy. Two attempts to successfully complete Grant Writing will be allowed. Failure to pass Grant Writing (BMSC 6310) will result in dismissal from the doctoral program. In this case, a student may be allowed to complete the requirements for a Master of Science degree.

This page last updated 04th Aug 2014