In this course, students will investigate how unmet medical needs are identified, follow the discovery process that uncovers the causes of disease, and examine the practice of effective disease detection, diagnosis, and treatment. The course will feature assessments of unmet medical needs, case studies of successes and failures in translation, seminars from translational experts, and workshops that engage students in substantive and intensive discussions on current topics. An optional component of the course will have students travel to Durban, South Africa, the center of the HIV epidemic to understand unmet needs in a resource-poor setting and devise potential solutions.
The deep understanding of translational medicine imparted by the HMS TransMed course will endow students with the requisite lens through which to identify the unmet medical needs of patients and engage in the creation of novel interventions.
To engage future biomedical research leaders in the practice of translational medicine.
This program is expected to serve MD, MD/PhD, and PhD students from Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, and MIT, and MD students and fellows from other US and international institutions. Enrollment will be limited to 30 students.
Two weeks of intensive class work at Harvard Medical School
One week of field work in Durban, South Africa, Hosted by the HIV Pathogenesis Programme