Graduate Education in Medical Sciences (GEMS) Certificate Program


  • Are you interested in learning about medicine and how your work may have relevance to medicine?
  • Do you want first-hand clinical experiences to see where engineering and science meet real world healthcare?
  • Do you want to build a professional network that includes physicians and physician-scientists from the Harvard medical community?
  • Are you early in your program and interested in ideas for medically-relevant thesis research?
  • Are you near graduation and interested in post-doc opportunities in a medical setting?
  • Do you aspire to create a biomedical business?

The Graduate Education in Medical Sciences (GEMS) program is a structured educational experience for MIT PhD students interested in working at the intersection where engineering and science meet medicine and real world healthcare. GEMS scholars learn how advances in basic science and engineering become medically relevant therapies and tools for the improvement of human health. GEMS graduates are well prepared to become the next generation of leaders in medically-related research and biomedical business.

GEMS is a certificate program open to doctoral students in MIT’s Schools of Engineering and Science. It runs concurrently with the normal course of an MIT graduate education and can be completed in less than two years, without prolonging a typical PhD career. In addition to coursework in pathology and pathophysiology, GEMS scholars attend seminars with HST students and participate in an individually tailored clinical experience. GEMS scholars develop lasting relationships with like-minded PhD students with complementary skill sets and with active physicians and physician-scientists.

The Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) offers GEMS through collaboration among MIT, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Brigham and Women's Hospital. An award from Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) initially funded GEMS as part of a program to encourage graduate schools to integrate medical knowledge and an understanding of clinical practice into PhD curricula.

How to APPLYhttp://hst.mit.edu/admissions/gems-process