Misc Information for Doctoral Students



Teaching is very important for our students, even more so, if they later go to a career in an academic department of pharmacology. Students develop teaching skills through presentations and seminars; assisting in the Medical Pharmacology PBL (problem based learning) sessions, and presentations at local and national meetings.


Graduate Student Seminars

Each graduate student working for the Ph.D. degree will be required to present 2 seminars related to his/her thesis problem to the staff and students as a part of the regular departmental seminar series.

Seminar I

A review of the pertinent background literature and an outline of the research problem. A design of the proposed work and how the results may fit in with the hypothesis which serves as the basis for the thesis. This seminar must be given prior to a student's submission of their doctoral prospectus.

Seminar II

A presentation of the major points included in the thesis after most of the research data has been accumulated and the thesis is almost completed. This seminar should typically be given within a few months before the final defense.

Outside Employment

Graduate students in the Department of Pharmacology will generally not be permitted to hold outside employment. This policy may be waived in cases of exceptional circumstances when a formal request for such a waiver is approved by both the Faculty Adviser and the Chairman of the department. An example of such a circumstance would be when a student has completed all course and research requirements and is involved in the final preparation of his/her thesis, or where there is evidence of extreme financial hardship. In order to qualify as a stipend, no services can be required. In circumstances of actual employment, the funds provided as compensation (salary or tuition remission) for services rendered, such as teaching or laboratory assistance, are not considered stipend supplementation. Funds characterized as compensation may be paid to fellows and trainees when there is an employer/employee relationship. Under these conditions, trainees and fellows may be compensated for actual employment on Federal grants, including PHS research grants. However, it is expected that compensation from research grants will occur on a limited part-time basis for employment apart from normal training activities which require a minimum of 40 hours per week.


Trainees in the pharmacology graduate training program are not entitled to vacation as such. At the discretion of his/her adviser, the student is eligible for holidays as listed below:

Labor Day
New Year's
Martin Luther King
Lundi Gras
Mardi Gras
Good Friday
Memorial Day     

The time between a summer session and the fall semester is to be utilized as an active part of the training period. A period of terminal leave (vacation) is not permitted nor may payment of stipend funds be made for leave not taken.

Approved Leave of Absence

Any pre-doctoral student leaving the premises of the Department of Pharmacology for any reason for an extended period (more than 1 week) must request approval in writing for such leave stating the reasons for the absence. Approval for such leave may be granted by the student's major adviser and the Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology. Any student approved for an extended leave of absence may not be permitted to receive financial support.

Federal Income Tax

Determination of the tax status of an individual receiving compensation from any grant is the responsibility of the Internal Revenue Service.

Military Service

The Public Health Service will not intercede in behalf of an individual in relation to military status. However, the department Chairman may write a supporting letter to the draft board to request that considerations be given for exemption. A trainee stipend may be continued for a period not to exceed 15 days of military active duty training in any one Public Health Service appointment period.


Tulane Medical Center graduate and professional students are eligible for care at the Student Health Service. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain a routine physical examination prior to entering and to ensure that immunizations are current. Most illnesses and/or accidents are treated directly by the Student Health Service. Dental work and refractions for glasses are the student's responsibility. The University's policy is that students must have health insurance coverage. This requirement can be met by subscribing to the Student Health Insurance Plan offered through the University; or by providing evidence of coverage under your parent's or your own hospitalization plan.
Stipend Checks

Trainees supported by a fellowship will receive their checks on biweekly basis. Some types of fellowships may be paid on a monthly basis. If you have been awarded a fellowship, please check with the administrative office to determine when your monies will be received. They will be available in the Pharmacology departmental office.

Miscellaneous Information

A list of courses and number of hours taken must be approved by the student's advisor and the Chairman prior to registering by TUTOR or uptown. This is necessary in order to facilitate accurate record keeping and to ensure proper progression through the selected tracks.

Mailboxes and e-mail addresses are assigned to all students and faculty. Students are asked to check their e-mail accounts daily, as they may contain important notices regarding course work, seminars and other current information. Telephone messages are often relayed in this manner.

Supplies needed to carry out research and course requirements must be requested through the student's adviser. The department is not responsible for textbooks, etc., needed by the trainee for courses taken.

Pharmacology Seminars are held weekly on Friday at 12:00 noon in room 4700 during the academic year. The name of the speaker and topic will be posted on the bulletin board in the hallway by the pharmacology office. Announcements will also be sent monthly by e-mail. All students are required to attend. Even though some graduate students may not be registered for seminar they may be called upon to present a seminar.

Advances in Pharmacology is held each Wednesday at 12:00 noon in room 4700 during the academic year. The name of the speaker and topic will be posed on the bulletin board in the hallway of the pharmacology department. All students are required to attend. Even though some graduate students may not be registered for Advances in Pharmacology, they may be called upon to present in the course.

A trainee will neither be permitted to register for more than 12 semester hours during the Fall or Spring semesters nor in excess of 6 semester hours in the summer session with the exception of first year students who are required to register for 13 hours in the fall semester and 16 hours in the spring of the first year only. The department will not be responsible for course charges in excess of those required and approved for their graduate degrees. It is extremely important that each trainee keep an up-to-date schedule of courses completed, registered for, or planned, in the departmental office. This information is also needed for budgetary purposes.

The Medical Library is primarily a reference library for the use of professional personnel in medicine and allied sciences. A complete guide to the use of the library will be helpful to new students. These are in the Medical Library at the front desk.

Meetings are held twice a year by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Participants need not be a member to present a paper. However, one must be sponsored by a member of the Society in order to submit a paper. Ordinarily students do not attend until they have completed two years of study. Funds permitting, the department usually pays the student's way to one meeting per year. 


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