Center for Operations Research in Medicine and Healthcare

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Graduate Program

Ph.D. students pursuing thesis research in Operations Research in Medicine and HealthCare normally take the core courses for ACO, optimization, logistics, stochastic systems, or bioinformatics. In addition, courses in biology, biomedical engineering, and cancer biology (offered at Emory University School of Medicine) will also be taken as part of the medical and healthcare research training.

  • ISyE 6661 - Linear Optimization
  • ISyE 6662 - Discrete Optimization II
  • ISyE 6663 - Nonlinear Optimization
  • CS 6550 - Design and Analysis of Algorithms or ISyE 6679 - Computational Methods in Operations Research,
  • or a computational alternative* (*approved by an optimization faculty advisor and the Associate Chair) Math 6xxx - (flexible but not statistics, stochastics, or probability)
  • Other courses required to complete optimization concentration
  • ISyE 62xx - Supply Chain Engineering
  • ISyE 7xxx - Logistics Systems Engineering
  • ISyE 7xxx - Production Systems Engineering
  • ISyE 6661 - Linear Optimization
  • ISyE 6662 - Discrete Optimization
  • ISyE 6761 - Stochastic Processes I
  • ISyE 6230 - Economic Decision Analysis
  • ISyE 6414 - Statistical Modeling and Regression Analysis
  • 1 other course required to complete this concentration

Premed Program

  1. Start electing basic science prerequisite courses as an opportunity to test aptitude and interest in sciences. In addition to engineering courses, try to take two courses among biology, physics, and chemistry every semester. Don't overload; balance your schedule.
  2. Be sure to get some experience in medical-related fields. You may not be happy working with sick people all day.
  3. Investigate various options in the medical fields.
  4. Find a Premed Advisor. Meet with her/him regularly to discuss about your interests in medical schools and together work out the best plan for you in terms of selecting courses and volunteering in hospitals. Make sure your advisor gets to know you well.
  5. Be sure to get to know faculty members well and let them get to know you well.
  1. Make sure basic science courses needed for MCAT are completed. Review for MCAT (keep this in mind when planning spring schedule).
  2. If possible, plan to take MCAT at the end of junior year (spring MCAT).
  3. Start collecting letters of recommendation.
  4. Upon receipt of MCAT score, review your selection of medical schools.
  5. Submit AMCAS application as soon as allowed (anytime after June 1). Write to non-AMCAS schools for application and admissions information.
  1. Be sure to take MCAT in August, if you did not take it in the spring.
  2. Complete medical school secondary applications early in the fall.
  3. Attend interview workshop in the fall.
  4. Admissions decisions are made from late fall into spring.
  5. If unsuccessful in obtaining medical school admission, talk to medical school admissions officers and your Premed Advisor.

Each medical school establishes its own admission requirements. The details of these vary considerably. If you are interested in a particular school, you should study its specific requirements. Most schools specify one year of course work each in biology and physics, and two years of chemistry. These courses must include laboratory work. A year of English (with emphasis on writing skills) is a common requirement. About forty percent of medical schools have a math requirement, and half of these specify calculus. Most medical schools recommend a broad background in the social sciences and humanities; some have specific requirements.

A number of medical schools have additional science requirements--many recommend additional courses in biology and chemistry. The courses most commonly suggested are biochemistry, genetics, and developmental biology. The program suggested would also be appropriate for dental schools; physics is not covered on the Dental Admission Test, but it is required for admission.

Most medical and dental schools do not consider "S" an acceptable grade in a required course. Thus, all courses taken to meet professional school requirements should be taken for a letter grade. Since an admissions committee cannot judge whether an S is an A or a D (and is more likely to assume the latter), it is seldom advisable to take any course on an S/U basis. Good grades and strong test scores are very important factors in the admission process, and since medical school admission is very competitive, students must develop strong work habits and not be distracted from their goals.

You can review a list of the top 50 medical schools in the country ACQUIRE EXPERIENCE IN A MEDICAL SETTING

Medical schools require that a student have experience in a medical setting, meaningful leadership skills, a demonstrated willingness to help others through voluntary service, and a well-rounded education and personality. Medical experiences can be acquired in any number of creative ways.

Volunteering in hospitals will help you gain experience in the medical field and better understand your own interests. In addition, it adds valuable credentials to your resume. A good way to start is to volunteer in an emergency room, where you will have an opportunity to help on a variety of tasks. It may also provide an opportunity for you to get to know individual physicians and connect with specific divisions (e.g. pediatric, cardiology) so that you can shadow the clinicians as they go about their daily clinical rounds. In addition to watching them, actually helping with specific tasks or projects will be a valuable experience.

Emory holds orientation for its volunteers periodically, about once every semester. After the orientation, each volunteer has an interview with the volunteer manager, Tracy Russell-Gonzalez. Her number is (404)712-7638.

Emory House Staff Assistant Program is a good outlet for gaining first-hand medical training.

Piedmont hospital is also a good place and it is easier to get in. Their volunteer number is (404)605-3273. Some of the students have dealt with Shirley Holberg and they like her. It will be ok to deal with anyone in charge. They normally are very helpful.

Enroll in an internship: Investigate the possibility of doing an internship in a medical setting. Check with the career center. Some places that you can consider, e.g., Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, Chemistry Internet Resource for Research by Undergraduate. Consider internships both locally and in your home town.

Become an EMT: There are three levels of certification: EMTs can be certified as Basic, Intermediate, or Paramedic. Basic is the lowest level of certification, then Intermediate, and Paramedic is the most advanced.
  • EMT-Basics can assess vital signs such as pulse, blood pressure, and respiration. They may control bleeding,
  • administer Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), treat shock victims, immobilize fractures, apply bandages, splint fractures, treat and assist heart attack victims, and conduct emergency childbirth. EMT-Basics use and care for emergency equipment, and know dispatch language and terminology.
  • EMT-Intermediates complete the duties of an EMT-Basic and more advanced procedures. These procedures include
  • using defibrillators (electronic devices that apply an electric shock to restore the rhythm of a fibrillating heart), and other intensive care procedures.
  • EMT-Paramedics have the highest level of certification and are authorized to administer intravenous drugs and
  • to operate complicated life-support equipment. In addition, EMT-Paramedics learn to interpret electrocardiograms (EKGs) and perform endotracheal intubations.
You can learn more about becoming a certified EMT by visiting this website on EMT which has information about EMT training.


Three branches of the armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force) offer competitive full scholarships for medical students. This includes all tuition costs, money for books and supplies, and a monthly stipend. In turn, the awardees have the obligation to serve a number of years on active duty as a physician. Check out websites for loans and scholarships early on.