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Section II - Pain Management

Section Co-Leaders: 

  • ​Michael Bottros, MD, Associate Professor, Anesthesiology; Associate Chief, Division of Pain Management
  • Robert Gereau, PhD, Dr. Seymour & Rose T. Brown Professor of Anesthesiology; Director, Washington University Pain Center
  • Simon Haroutounian, PhD, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology; Chief of Clinical Research

​Date

​Location

​Speaker

Topic​

Sept 25

FLTC 204


(1:30-3:00pm)

D.P. Mohapatra, PhD

Associate Professor, Anesthesiology

Introduction to Basic Science Mechanisms of Pain

​Sept 27

FLTC 204


(1:30-3:00pm)

Robert Swarm, MD

Professor, Anesthesiology;

Chief, Division of Pain Mgmt

Introduction to Clinical Pain Management

​Oct 2

FLTC 204


(1:30-3:00pm)

Simon Haroutounian, PhD Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology; Chief of Clinical Research

Clinical/Translational Pain Research

Oct 4

FLTC 204


(1:30-3:00pm)

Sarah Buday, PhD

Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology; Clinical Psychologist, The Center for Mindfulness & CBT

Pain Psychology

Oct 9

 

FLTC 204


(1:30-3:00pm)

Jacob AuBuchon, MD

Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology

Pediatric Pain

​Oct 11

FLTC 204


(1:30-3:00pm)

Yu-Qing Cao, PhD

Associate Professor, Anesthesiology

Headache

Oct 18

FLTC 204


(1:30-3:00pm)

Michael Bottros, MD

Associate Professor, Anesthesiology; Associate Chief, Division of Pain Management

Postoperative and Acute Pain Management

Oct 23

FLTC 204

 

(1:30-3:00pm)

ALL

Wrap Up Lunch & Round Table Discussion

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Pathobiology of Human Disease States Course
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Application Review Process
Early submission of the Ph.D. application is recommended. This allows each application to receive the greatest consideration for admission.
 
The length of time it takes for review of an application depends on each Program's process. Programs review applications on a rolling basis as application files become complete. Most applicants are notified prior to February 20th regarding the decision to interview the applicant.
PhD Application Instructions
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Coursework/ GPA

Choosing Courses

General requirements include several courses in biology, general and organic chemistry (4-6 semesters), calculus, and physics (1 to 2 semesters each). Some programs require specific course work. The Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology program give preference to applicants that have completed one semester of physical chemistry or an equivalent course. The program in Computational & Systems Biology prefers that applicants have taken courses in algorithms and statistics as well as programming (i.e. C++). See program websites for additional information.


Students earning degrees in fields such as chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, or engineering and who have an interest in the intersection of their own discipline and biology are encouraged to apply to our programs. In programs such as Computational & Molecular Biophysics or Computational & Systems Biology, a background in physics or computer science is extremely useful.

GPA

The Division does not set minimum grade point average (GPA) requirements. We ask that GPAs be reported for each school attended on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are also required to submit an unofficial transcript from each college/university attended. The committee reviews these transcripts, taking into consideration the range of courses taken, overall course load, and grades in specific courses. Successful applicants usually have GPAs in both science and non-science courses in the range of 3.2 – 4.0.

Admissions- What Makes An App Strong?
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Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation. Letters from research mentors are most important. If an applicant has had multiple research experiences, it is important to get letters from more than one mentor, including the current mentor.

Occasionally, students begin their latest research experience in August or September before completing an application a few months later. In this instance, the faculty member may not feel he/she has had enough time to assess the student's ability. The student can make note of this on the application form. The admissions committee may request a letter from that mentor in the spring.

Letters of recommendation should focus on the student's ability to reason scientifically. Examples of initiative, motivation, and determination are helpful to the committee.

When students ask for letters of recommendation, it is helpful for the student to provide the faculty member with a copy of the student's resume, a transcript, and a description of why the student is interested in pursuing a career in scientific research.

Admissions- What Makes An App Strong?
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Test Scores

GRE:
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General test is required by some DBBS Programs. Please refer to the individual program web page (http://www.dbbs.wustl.edu/divprograms/Pages/Division-Programs.aspx) to see if you need to submit GRE scores.  If so, scores must be from tests taken in the last five years. The Subject test is not required. Applicants who need to submit scores are strongly encouraged to schedule the exam early so the official scores will reach DBBS before the December 1st deadline.

ETS Institution Code - 6929

TOEFL or IELTS:
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of non-native speakers of English if the applicant has not earned a bachelor's or master's degree at an English-speaking institution. Scores must be from tests taken within the last two years. 

Non-native speakers who earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a school where all instruction is in English are exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS.

ETS Institution Code - 6929


Outstanding recommendations and higher quality research experience may make up for lower test scores, so do not let lower scores discourage you from applying.

Admissions- What Makes An App Strong?
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Test Scores

GRE:
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General test is required by some DBBS Programs. Please refer to the individual program web page (http://www.dbbs.wustl.edu/divprograms/Pages/Division-Programs.aspx) to see if you need to submit GRE scores.  If so, scores must be from tests taken in the last five years. The Subject test is not required. Applicants who need to submit scores are strongly encouraged to schedule the exam early so the official scores will reach DBBS before the December 1st deadline.

ETS Institution Code - 6929

TOEFL or IELTS:
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of non-native speakers of English if the applicant has not earned a bachelor's or master's degree at an English-speaking institution. Scores must be from tests taken within the last two years.

Non-native speakers who earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a school where all instruction is in English are exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS.

ETS Institution Code - 6929

PhD Application Instructions
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I am an international student residing outside the US. Do you assist with obtaining Visas so that I may come to St. Louis for a personal Interview?

The procedures you must follow to apply for your visa and the length of time required to process the application vary from Consulate to Consulate. You should contact the nearest U.S. Consulate as soon as possible to request information about visa application procedures and requirements. Applicants are required to pay for travel costs but may receive reimbursement for portion of costs if you have the appropriate Visa. You will need to bring your original passport, visa (You will need a business visa (B1) or a waiver of visa for business (WB)) and I-94 for documentation for reimbursement. You will NOT be reimbursed for your airfare if you have a different type of visa per the United States Tax Department.

Admissions- FAQ STIPEND, FELLOWSHIP AND VISA ASSISTANCE
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Can I defer my admission to DBBS?

An applicant admitted to the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences may request to defer admission for one year. Admitted candidates should submit a letter or e-mail to request the deferral. The letter should provide a general statement regarding the reason for the deferral (i.e. year in Peace Corps, personal reasons, etc.). Deferred applicants are expected to contact the Division in early January to confirm their admittance for the following fall.

DBBS has also partnered with Teach for America. Those who are admitted to DBBS and choose to join Teach For America are granted a two-year deferral.

Admissions- FAQ INTERVIEWS AND DECISIONS
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How will I know if you have received all my supporting documents?

You may verify the status of all supporting materials on-line within your application by logging back into your ApplyWeb account​ and clicking on your "Activity Log". The status of supporting documents is generally updated on a daily basis.​

Admissions- FAQ APPLICATION STATUS
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My recommender does not have any email service. What do I do?
If your recommender does not have access to any email system, please have your recommender call us toll free at 1-800-852-9074 (or locally at 314-362-3365). 
Admissions- FAQ LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
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How do I resend the recommendation email to my recommender?

Infomration regarding resending the recommendation letter request can be found by logging into your ApplyWeb​ account.​

Admissions- FAQ LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
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How do I change or substitute one of my recommenders?

You may make changes to your recommenders by logging into your ApplyWeb​ account.

Admissions- FAQ LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
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May my recommenders send their letters by email or fax?

We do not accept letters of recommendation that are sent to us via Fax, Email or any attachment within the email. If your recommender is having problems with the on-line system, please have your recommender contact the CollegeNet Applyweb​ group.

Admissions- FAQ LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
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Where do I or my recommenders send letters of recommendation that cannot be submitted on-line?

We strongly encourage all applicants to ask their recommenders to submit their letters of recommendation on-line, as it expedites the review process. If your recommenders are unable to do so the recommender needs to contact us at DBBSPhDAdmissions@email.wustl.edu.

Admissions- FAQ LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
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Can I submit my application before the recommendation letters have been received?
Please submit as soon as you finish the application. The Recommendation letters can be received after the application has been submitted.
Admissions- FAQ LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
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Can you send me the recommendation form?

The recommendation forms are electronic and sent directly to your recommenders email address through our on-line application system. After you have entered your recommenders information, they will receive an email inviting them to submit their letter of recommendation.

Admissions- FAQ LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
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What are the minimum test scores required?
When required the most successful applicants typically score at or above the 75th percentile in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test. Successful international applicants tend to score 100 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Examination or 7.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). However, outstanding recommendations and higher quality research experience may make up for lower test scores, so do not let lower scores discourage you from applying.
Admissions- FAQ TEST SCORES
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Can I get a waiver for my TOEFL test?

We do not issue any waivers for a TOEFL test score report.

Admissions- FAQ TEST SCORES
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I am an international student, how do I know if I am exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS test?

Applicants who have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English, are exempt from submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score report.

Admissions- FAQ TEST SCORES
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Are there any test substitution such as MCAT, IELTS?

We do not substitute any other tests for the required GRE general and TOEFL (if applicable) tests.

Admissions- FAQ TEST SCORES
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When do I take the tests?

It is strongly recommended that you complete all testing (if applicable) within four to six weeks before you begin your application. It takes approximately 15 days to receive the test scores on the computer based tests, and about six weeks to receive scores on the paper based testing.

Admissions- FAQ TEST SCORES
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What are the GRE or TOEFL Institution and Department codes for reporting test scores to be sent to DBBS?
GRE General - if applicable
Institution Code - 6929
 
GRE-ETS
P.O. Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
Website: www.gre.org
Phone: 1-866-473-4373
 
TOEFL - if applicable
Institution Code - 6929
 
Educational Testing Services
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
Website : www.toefl.org
Phone: 1-800-468-6335
Admissions- FAQ TEST SCORES
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What test scores are required?

If applicable GRE general and the TOEFL or IELTS test are the only required tests.

Admissions- FAQ TEST SCORES
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How will I know if you have received all my supporting documents?

You may verify the status of all supporting materials on-line within your application by logging back into your ApplyWeb account​ and clicking on your "Activity Log". The status of supporting documents is generally updated on a daily basis.

Admissions FAQ SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
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Should I request ETS to send official GRE and TOEFL scores (if applicable) before I begin/submit the on-line application?

Yes. We encourage early submission of official GRE general exam for the programs that require it, and TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable) scores. It is better to have the official scores sent to us as soon as possible, but no later than the December 1 deadline date.

Admissions FAQ SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
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If I am transferring from another Ph.D. program, what do I need to do?

Students currently in a graduate program wishing to transfer to Washington University must submit transcripts from the current graduate institution and a letter of recommendation from the current Research Mentor. You must begin a new application with DBBS.

Admissions- FAQ TRANSFER AND REAPPLY APPLICATIONS
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Is the GRE Subject Test recommended?

Subject tests in biology, chemistry or another area related to the proposed study are optional for the programs that require the general exam. Please note that the University will consider only scores from tests taken within the last five years.

Admissions- FAQ APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
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What test scores are required and when do I need to take them?

GRE:
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General test is required by some DBBS Programs. Please refer to the individual program web page (http://www.dbbs.wustl.edu/divprograms/Pages/Division-Programs.aspx) to see if you need to submit GRE scores.  If so, scores must be from tests taken in the last five years. The Subject test is not required. Applicants who need to submit scores are strongly encouraged to schedule the exam early so the official scores will reach DBBS before the December 1st deadline.

ETS Institution Code - 6929

TOEFL or IELTS:
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of non-native speakers of English if the applicant has not earned a bachelor's or master's degree at an English-speaking institution. Scores must be from tests taken within the last two years. 

Non-native speakers who earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a school where all instruction is in English are exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS.

ETS Institution Code - 6929

Admissions- FAQ APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
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What are the minimum requirements for applying to DBBS?

All applicants must have a U.S. bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General test is required for only some programs. Scores must be from tests taken in the last five years. The Subject test is not required. Applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule the exam early so the official scores will reach DBBS before the December 1st deadline. See “Test Scores” below for additional information. 

Applicants, whose native language is not English, must demonstrate English proficiency and are required to provide an official score report for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants who have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English, are exempt from submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score report.

Some programs have specific course requirements and some do not require the GRE. Please refer to the programs' website for additional information.

Admissions- FAQ APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
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Can I submit my application online before submitting my supporting documents?
You can submit your application online as long as the transcript(s) have been uploaded.  The other support documents; Recommendation letters and GRETOEFL or IELTS score reports (if applicable) can be received after the application has been submitted. No documents should be mailed to DBBS.
Admissions- FAQ APPLICATION
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