Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate Studies

Lab Rotations

All first-year PIBS students must complete and pass three rotations by the end of the second semester before selecting a dissertation lab. Each one credit rotation is 7-8 weeks in duration. An optional early summer rotation is available for domestic students prior to the first fall semester. Students may elect a fourth rotation, if they have not been able to identify a dissertation lab by the end of their third rotation. Be proactive to ensure that you are matched with a lab before the start of each rotation. 

Only faculty members who have currently available funding from a grant or department may accept students for lab rotations. There is no limit to the number of students who may rotate with an available mentor but mentors may accept a maximum of two PIBS students for permanent placement in their lab per year. As rotations are designed to expose students to various labs, faculty nor students may commit to a permanent lab placement until after the third rotation.

Choosing a laboratory

  • Review all program and faculty web pages
  • Attend to all program open houses at the beginning of the fall semester to discover all your research opportunities
  • Review the available mentor list
  • Discuss rotation opportunities with faculty member in which you are interested in rotating
  • Complete the Rotation Authorization Request Form to obtain rotation approval
  • Obtain faculty member’s signature for approval and confirmation of funding
  • Submit the form to OGPS for final approval by the PIBS Director

Laboratory Rotations Evaluation and Grading

At the end of each rotation, students submit a one-page structured abstract and give an oral presentation at a rotation symposium. Students must gain approval of their abstract and presentation by each scheduled symposium. All rotation mentors and students are required to attend.

Adequate progress in lab rotations is monitored by the faculty mentor. For each rotation, the rotation faculty mentor submits a confidential Laboratory Rotation Evaluation.

Rotation Symposium Evaluations from the other faculty are collected at symposia and summarized by the mentors as part of their feedback to the students.

Rotations are graded as satisfactory or unsatisfactory.

2016-2017 Rotation Calendar

July 18thSummer Rotation Begins (Domestic Students Only)
August 12thSummer Rotation Ends
August 29th1st Rotation Authorization Form Completion Deadline
August 25thSummer Rotation Symposium
September 6th1st Rotation Begins
October 24th2nd Rotation Authorization Form Completion Deadline
October 28th1st Rotation Ends
October 31st1st Rotation Symposium
November 1st2nd Rotation Begins
December 16th2nd Rotation Ends
December 16th3rd Rotation Authorization Form Completion Deadline
December 19th2nd Rotation Symposium
January 2nd3rd Rotation Begins
February 17th4th Rotation Authorization Form Completion Deadline (Optional)
February 24th3rd Rotation Ends
February 24thFaculty & students are permitted to discuss permanent lab placements
February 27th3rd Rotation Symposium
February 27th4th Rotation Begins (Optional)
April 21st4th Rotation Ends (Optional)
April 21st4th Rotation Symposium
April 21stFinal Deadline for submission of Financial Responsibility Forms