The TRIBE PhD programme provides rigorous academic training in biomedicine within an international and research-focused environment. Our main objective is to develop students' ability to use scientific research methods in creating new scientific knowledge and in solving complex problems in research, innovation and in other areas of society. There is broad flexibility in the choice of research areas and methods.

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Evidence Based Medicine programme was started in 2007 in order to stimulate development of applied clinical research that contributes to our understanding of the pathogenesis of disease, improves diagnosis, therapy, and prevention of disease, and increases the reliability of prognosis. Such research is translational research, which transfers the basic research results into the clinical practice and integrates study results with clinical experience and patient characteristics. The total possible duration of the study program is 6 years for full-time students and 8 years for part-time students.
The classes are organized in the first two years of the program. During the first year, students have to take mandatory courses in the field of the evidence-based medicine and pass the exams, and in the second year of their studies, students have to take elective courses with corresponding exams. The classes are delivered in the form of lectures, seminars, laboratory rounds, journal clubs, and practical work. Lectures account for the smallest part of the classes and serve to deliver a concise review of the problems that are further elaborated in seminars and practical work. Seminars are based on problem-solving approach using EBM methods, and practical work is intended to help students acquire particular skills. The third study year should be dedicated to the research, and the rest of the time can be used for completing the process of publishing the results and defending the topic and the thesis. Besides typical classes, students will perform mandatory rounds in laboratories and other related work sites, attend two public discussions on doctoral topic proposal and one doctoral dissertation defense, and create two critical appraisals of published papers using CAT (critical appraisal tools).
The greatest part of student activities consists of direct research on the topic of doctoral dissertation, which is evaluated on the basis of mentor's report and published research papers. Dissertation topic proposal should contain at least one original research paper published in a journal with the impact factor >1, and indexed in the Current Contents (CC) or Web of Science (WoS) databases. The candidate has to be the first (or joint first) author on the paper. Before submitting the finished dissertation for evaluation, the candidate should have published the second paper in the same research branch, in a CC or WoS indexed journal with an impact factor >1, again as the first author (or joint first author).

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This doctoral programme integrates the knowledge of the molecular carcinogenesis, diagnosis of cancer and oncology therapies directed toward cancer research. Teachers - pathologists and their collaborators: clinicians, immunologists, molecular biologists and geneticists, histologists, biochemists, chemists and statisticians through various courses interdisciplinary illuminate the phenomenon of occurrence, diagnosis and the treatment of tumors. According to the agreement, the holder of a joint study is the School of Medicine in Split, and collaborating institutions are: the University of Split, Ruder Boskovic Institute, the University of Zadar and the University of Dubrovnik. In addition to teachers from Croatia, participating lecturers are from the UK, France, Germany and Switzerland. There are 7 obligatory and 38 elective courses.
Every year, around 10 students who have completed medical or any of the related graduate studies are enrolled. The study program lasts three years (180 ECTS). The teaching is organized in the first two years of the programme with the mandatory courses (first year) and elective courses (second year). There is also opportunity for online participation in the lectures for the students that are unable to physically participate in the courses. Each student has a tutor (could become a mentor) that helps with an advice in the selection of courses and research. On the first year of doctoral study the share of teaching and research loads are 30:30 ECTS points, and on the second is 15:45. During the second year students have opportunity to spent a part of their studies at foreign universities. So far our students had this opportunity at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins, Goethe University in Frankfurt, and Charles University in Pilsen. On the third year students are dedicated to the individual research topic with their mentors that will be the topic of doctoral dissertation. Their progress is evaluated on the basis of the student’s and mentor's report and published research papers. At least two original research papers with first authorship needs to be published in a journal with the impact factor >1, and indexed in the Web of Science databases or one original research paper published in a journal with the impact factor >4, and indexed in the Web of Science databases.
During the study programme, students independently carry out laboratory tasks and present them with the literature. Of extracurricular activities, any published article or active participation on scientific conferences are evaluated with additional ECTS. Study leaders are organizing interviews with all students every six months to help each student individually on the choice of topics and mentor and later follow-up of his/her progress.

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