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    Dec 04, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Comparative and Experimental Medicine Major, MS


Comparative and Experimental Medicine, an intercollegiate program, serves to prepare students for teaching and/or research careers in the health sciences. This program emphasizes the comparative approach to the study of biomedical science. For the student with an undergraduate biological science background, the Comparative and Experimental Medicine program provides an unusual opportunity to study disease processes common in humans and animals from a multidisciplinary perspective. The scope of this intercollegiate program, which pools faculty resources from both veterinary and human medicine, is broadened by faculty members representing public health and numerous areas of the life sciences. The interdisciplinary training environment includes such diverse support as facilities and personnel at the Veterinary Medical Center, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center at Knoxville, life sciences departments, Herbert College of Agriculture, Tickle College of Engineering, and the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. Participating departments from the Graduate School of Medicine include Anesthesia, Dentistry, Medicine, Medical Genetics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pathology, Radiology, and Surgery. Participating departments from the College of Veterinary Medicine include Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences, Large Animal Clinical Sciences, and Small Animal Clinical Sciences.

Concentrations (Required) and Options Available

General Program — Thesis, Course Only with Comprehensive Exams

Forensic Odontology — Course Only with Comprehensive Exams

Campus Code

Knoxville Campus

Admissions Standards/Procedures

  • All applicants must furnish three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with their scholastic or professional performance.
  • Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree with course work in chemistry through organic, mathematics through calculus, physics, and basic biology. More advanced study in biology such as biochemistry, mammalian anatomy, histology, cell biology, or other appropriate biomedical courses from an accredited university is recommended.
  • For some students without such a background, prerequisite or concurrent course work will likely be necessary to succeed in the course of study.
  • Applicants for admission to the Master of Science degree program (1) whose backgrounds include no formal training in the biomedical field beyond the baccalaureate degree or (2) who do not have a professional degree in one of the medical sciences (e.g., MD, DDS, DVM, or equivalent) from an accredited institution will be required to score at least 300 for the quantitative and verbal sections of the Graduate Record Examination. The GRE results, if required, must be from within the previous 5 years.

Academic Standards

  • The graduate committee (at least three members) is chosen as early as possible during the first year and must include at least one member from the College of Veterinary Medicine.
    • If a minor is declared, one member must have expertise in the minor discipline.

General Program, Thesis Option and Course only with Comprehensive Exams Option

The goal of our graduate program is to prepare students for careers in biomedical science. The curriculum builds upon students’ backgrounds in science, trains them to become proficient in experimental design, data analysis, research ethics, analysis of literature, and scientific writing and provides experiential training within their chosen area of research emphasis.

Credit Hours Required

Minimum of 30 graduate credit hours

Required Courses

  • Option Required Courses
    • Thesis Option: CEM 500  (6 credit hours)
    • Course Only with Comprehensive Exams: 6 credit hours in CEM 501 , or CEM 510 , or CEM 515  are required in which the student prepares an analytic research paper that thoroughly identifies and explores a scientific, technical, or social science issue associated with the field
  • Comparative and Experimental Medicine courses CEM 504  (3 credit hours), CEM 541  (3 credit hours), and CEM 616  (1 credit hour).
  • 4 credit hours of 500- or 600-level journal clubs. Students should select appropriate journal clubs in consultation with their major professor.
  • 3 credit hours of 500- or 600-level statistics. Students should select appropriate statistics classes in consultation with their major professor.

Additional Course Requirements

  • 8 credit hours of graduate coursework in the student’s area of research emphasis. Areas of research emphasis may include hematology, oncology, pathology, pharmacology, toxicology, immunology, genetics, infectious disease, epidemiology, metabolism, public health, or other areas of medicine. Exceptions to accommodate students with specific research interests outside of the areas listed must be approved by the CEM program director. Specific courses are chosen in consultation with their major professor.
  • An additional 2 credit hours of electives chosen in consultation with their major professor.

Non-Course Requirements

  • Thesis Option:
    • Preparation and defense of the thesis, to include a final oral examination must be passed at the completion of the program.
  • Course Only with Comprehensive Exams:
    • A final oral examination must be passed at the completion of the program.
  • All Students:
    • Must present at least once in the annual UTCVM Research Day event.
    • Must complete an approved responsible conduct of research training program within their first year of study.
    • Who have been in the CEM program for at least two semesters must complete an annual progress report.

Forensic Odontology Concentration, Course Only with Comprehensive Exams

This three-semester concentration is designed for anthropologists, dentists, registered dental hygienists, biologists, crime scene specialists, detectives, and medico-legal death investigators wishing introduction and formalization to skills in the search, recovery and collaborative identification of compromised human head and neck remains, and recognition of human and non-human bite marks at autopsy. This concentration is founded on the standards and guidelines established by the American Board of Forensic Odontology in the endeavors of human identification, bite mark investigation and analysis, dental age estimation, missing and unidentified persons, and mass fatality incident dental identification team development. Training involves search, recovery, identification, and processing of fresh, mutilated, and decomposing and skeletal remains as evidence that has been exposed to many post-mortem environments from scattered and clandestine burials to aquatic and thermal contexts. Training will continue to include examination of those remains in the autopsy setting. Twice-monthly laboratory sessions at the Knox County Medical Examiner’s Office – East Tennessee Regional Forensic Center will provide case work exposure. Training also involves recovery of relevant head and neck remains at an outdoor decomposition facility and processing for examination and report writing for submission as a defendable court document.

Credit Hours Required

Minimum of 30 graduate credit hours

Required Courses

  • Comparative and Experimental Medicine courses 3-6 credit hours from CEM 504  and CEM 541 
    • CEM 504  is optional and may be substituted with another course as approved by the student’s major professor and the director of the program.
  • 4 credit hours of 500- or 600-level journal clubs. Students should select appropriate journal clubs in consultation with their major professor.
  • 3 credit hours of 500- or 600-level statistics. Students should select appropriate statistics classes in consultation with their major professor.
  • Comparative and Experimental Medicine courses CEM 550 , CEM 552 , CEM 554 , CEM 556 , and CEM 558  (total 19 credit hours).
  • At least 1 credit hour in CEM 535  Capstone Experience is required in which the student prepares an analytic research paper that thoroughly identifies and explores a scientific, technical, or social science issue associated with the field.
    • This paper will be presented as a seminar.

Additional Course Requirements

  • CEM 616  (1 credit hour) is encouraged but not required

Non-Course Requirements

  • The paper prepared in CEM 535  and presented as a seminar is followed by an oral comprehensive exam by the student’s committee.