CARE Program: Outline

 

Pre- Program Requirements

(Year 1 of the Ph.D. Program)

 

All students interested applying for the CARE Training Program must:

  • be accepted to a Ph.D. program at UC Irvine, undergraduate and masters students are not eligible.
  • be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.  Under the federal training grant guidelines, international
     

    students are not eligible for this training program.

  • match with a CARE Training Faculty Member by the end of year 1 of the Ph.D. Program.  It is recommended that you rotate in Training Faculty labs to match with an advisor that best fits your research interests.
  • successfully complete all of the required coursework for first year Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. students, or the equivalent if not a Biomedical Engineering Student (equivalency determined by CARE Training Council).
  • students must be working on a cardiovascular project.
  • pass their preliminary examination at the end of year 1 of the Ph.D. Program.  Students may not be admitted to the CARE program without passing the preliminary examination.
  • apply to the CARE Program and be interviewed by the required due dates.

 

Year 1 of the CARE Training Program

(Year 2 of the Ph.D. Program)

 

The first year of the CARE Training Program is outlined as follows:

  • Successfully complete all 10 sessions of the Clinical Cardiology Short Course (100% attendance is required)
  • Participate in the Shadow Program at the Medical School with Dr. Jin Kim.
  • Attend a minimum of 9 sessions of the Heart to Heart Training Club
  • Attend the Learning Portfolio Orientation
  • Successfully complete the required information for the Learning Portfolio
  • Apply for at least one individual graduate training fellowship from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, or the American Heart Association.
  • Successfully complete Foundations of Clinical and Translational Science (PH293, 4 units) - Fall Quarter
  • Successfully complete Entrepeneurship in Science and Engineering (ENG195, 4 units) - Winter Quarter

 

Year 2 of the CARE Training Program

(Year 3 of the Ph.D. Program)

 

The second year of the CARE Training Program is outlined as follows:

  • Participate in the Shadow Program at the Medical School with Dr. Jin Kim. 
  • Attend a minimum of 9 sessions of the Heart to Heart Training Club
  • Successfully complete the required information for the Learning Portfolio
  • Select thesis committee.
  • Successfully complete the qualifying examination and advance to candidacy.  Students who do not advance to candidacy enter a one-year probationary period, are subject to forfeiting their training fellowship at the discretion of the Training Council, and must retake the examination within one year.
  • Successsfully complete Critical Thinking in Cardiovascular Research: Journal Club (BME223, 2 units) - Fall Quarter
  • Participate in the Don Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s Annual Business Plan Competition through the Paul Merage School of Business. Trainees must become a member of a team, complete Phase 1: Concept Paper, and attend 7 out of 9 workshops. - Winter/Spring Quarter
  • Successfully complete Responsible Conduct of Research (MMG250, 2 units) - Spring Quarter

 

Years 3 - 4 of the CARE Training Program

 

(Year 4 - 5 of the Ph.D. Program)

The third and fourth years of the CARE Training Program are outlined as follows:

  • complete the dissertation work leading to the PhD
  • formal presentation in the Department of Biomedical Engineering weekly seminar series. This feature serves as an intermediate checkpoint between the qualifying exam (end of year 2 of the Ph.D. program) and defending the dissertation, and provides a formal opportunity for the interdisciplinary thesis committee to interact and discuss progress.  At least two additional members from the trainee’s thesis committee (besides the primary advisor) must be in attendance at the seminar.
  • defend dissertation leading to the Ph.D.