The Doctor of Applied Medical Science degree in Bone and Joint Regeneration is a program of the Medical University of Vienna, also offered through the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute (LBI) of Osteology and the LBI of Experimental and Clinical Traumatology. The primary objective of this program is to train students to become leaders in academic research and industry. The program follows a translational and multidisciplinary approach to survey musculoskeletal and oral disorders, to detect their causes and to develop strategies for diagnosis and therapy. The program is closely related to the organizational development plan of the MUW highlighting musculoskeletal disorders as a research focus. In addition, the doctoral program is a conglomerate of several disciplines, including dentistry.
The primary objective of the Doctor of Applied Medical Science program in Bone and Joint Regeneration is to prepare students to become advanced research scientists in the field of musculoskeletal and oral sciences. The program is designed for outstanding students who have completed their medical training and for those students with a background in basic science and engineering. The multidisciplinary program will prepare postgraduate students for faculty positions in the academia and industry. To achieve this goal, the curriculum includes introductory lectures and seminars, lectures in musculoskeletal and oral health, an ongoing series of journal clubs and seminars, and practical course according to the specialization of each student.
Once a dissertation advisor is selected by the student, the applicants must complete a research plan indicating the Specific Aims, Background and Significance, Preliminary Studies (optional), Research Design and Methods, Time Table, and References. The end result of this effort is expected to be a dissertation which is original and valuable for the field, desirably resulting in a publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
Dissertation advisors are principal investigators who are qualified to lead and mentor doctoral candidates. Dissertation advisors must have an active research program in musculoskeletal and/or oral sciences and the experience in mentoring doctoral students. Principal investigators have a strong record of gaining research funding. The dissertation advisor is responsible for guiding and encouraging the candidate’s design and execution of an original, high quality, doctoral-level research project.
Lecturers and instructors are members who participate in seminars and journal clubs. They are also involved in teaching research methods, however, without narrowing scientific freedom of the candidate.