PhD/Postdoc Blog Series

Interested in pursuing a PhD?

Check out this PhD/Postdoc Blog series sponsored by  Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST)  through the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

This blog will feature scientists at different stages of career development as they explore and plan for their next steps!

Over the course of six months, Yeonwoo Lebovitz, Anthony Franchini, Megan Duffy, and Celia Fernandez will give monthly updates on their progress.

New posts will be posted every Wednesday.

Anesthesiologist Assistant Program at CWRU

Attention Seniors:

If you are looking for a clinical master’s program with promising job prospects, you may be interested in Case Western Reserve University’s (CWRU) Master of Science in Anesthesia Program. This is a 2-year program, which lasts 24 months and begins at the end of May.

They have also extended their application process for prospective students and are now accepting applications through November 1 for the incoming class of summer 2017.

To apply, students must meet the following criteria by the time they graduate:

  • a Bachelor’s degree by the end of the upcoming Winter semester 2017
  • completed 10 prerequisite courses with grades of a B- or higher
  • an MCAT score of 493 or better (20 or above on the previous exam)
  • GPA of 3.1 or above (to be competitive)

Certified anesthesiologist assistants work in the operating room 40 hours a week proving hands-on care to patients. They maintain a good work/life balance with a relatively high starting salary. And, the majority of their students find employment before they graduate.

Want to find out more? Visit their FAQ page or contact CWRU directly.


Masters of Bioethics – Case Western Reserve University


Case Western University in Cleveland, OH offers a Masters in Bioethics. 

An MA in Bioethics can be helpful in gaining admission to professional or graduate schools.  For students who are unclear about their career choice, this program is helpful as it allows for exploring different paths by taking electives across the University, as well as interacting with interdisciplinary faculty, including physicians, lawyers, social scientists, and philosophers.  This program focuses on providing students with an insider’s view of ethics in the field through clinical rotations and practicums.  The theoretical foundations discussed in class are enriched by experiences at hospitals and small group discussions.

Case Western Reserve University also offers a variety of joint degree opportunities that may be of interest, including programs with law, medicine, nursing, social work, and public health. The knowledge and experience gained through the Bioethics program can enrich your understanding of difficult issues as you continue the pursuit of an MPH, MSW, MD, JD, or PhD.

Click here for more information about the MA in Bioethics.

MSU Epidemiology & Biostatistics Programs


Within their College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University has graduate programs in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.  They currently offer Masters Degrees in both Epidemiology and in Biostatistics, as well as a PhD in Epidemiology.

The mission of these programs is to offer a combination of innovative classroom instruction, cutting-edge research training, public health applications, and intensive mentorship. MSU is committed to preparing graduates to successfully compete in the domestic and global marketplaces.  They welcome a  diverse student population in various fields of interest.

If you would like to learn more about these programs, please visit and/or contact Dr. Barondess who is happy to answer any questions that you may have about epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, and opportunities for employment in these fields.