Application Instructions

The Pittsburgh Biomedical Informatics (BMI) Training Program is actively recruiting for predoctoral and postdoctoral positions for Fall 2018 admission.  The application completion deadline is January 10, 2018. All individuals applying to the BMI Training Program must use the following procedures for preparing and submitting an application.

  1. Complete the online application available by logging into this site. A completed online application must include the following items:
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Three Recommenders
  • Application Fee
  1. Pay the application fee online by credit card, or send a personal check or money order.
  1. The following items must be separately mailed or reported.
  • Official Academic Transcripts
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Score
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Please see the detailed instructions below for each required item.

Detailed Instructions:

Personal Statement:  Please indicate the basis of your interest in graduate study. The personal statement is required to address four items: 

  1. A brief summary of your background in all relevant fields, to include at least medicine and computer science. Although it is not necessary that an applicant have backgrounds in medicine or computer science, it helps the admissions committee to determine any prerequisites that you might be required to take before or shortly thereafter being accepted into the program.  Describe your research experiences and any hypotheses and results that were generated in your experimental work. Provide dates, research advisors, and project titles.
  2. A statement of your educational goals and how they would be advanced through participation in the training program.
  3. A statement of your career objectives, both short and long term. When preparing the short-term portion of your statement, please be specific regarding any projects you may have in mind that could contribute to the success of your biomedical informatics training.
  4. A statement of your writing ability.  Indicate how well you perceive your writing ability to be at this time.  State how you will improve on your current writing ability to meet the requirements of rigorous research-based technical papers.

Three Recommenders:  In the online application, you must provide the name and email address of at least three recommenders for whom you wish us to contact for a letter of recommendation.

Application Fee:  A $50 application fee is required (in United States dollars).  Payment may be made by credit card online, or by personal check or money order sent to the address below. Payment of the application fee must be received before your application will be reviewed.

Academic Transcripts: Official academic transcripts must be mailed to the BMI Training Program at the address below.  Please note that documents submitted to the BMI Training Program become the property of the University of Pittsburgh and cannot be returned to the applicant under any circumstances. 

All academic documents from foreign institutions must be official. Official documents are defined as original academic records issued by the institution attended that bear the actual (not photocopied) signature of the registrar or appropriate official and the seal of the issuing institution. These documents must be for each year of university-level study. If your university or college issues the academic documents in a language other than English, you must submit the certified copy of the original documents in the original language plus a certified English translation. Do not submit a translation only. All translations must be complete and literal translations of the original records. Records issued only once by institutions should be photocopied and certified as official copies either by the school officials or legal authorities. Do not send the original of an academic document that cannot be replaced. A certified photocopy of the original diploma/certificate of graduation must also be submitted. If your university or college issues the diploma/certificate of graduation in a language other than English, you must submit the certified photocopy of the original document in the original language plus a certified English translation. Do not submit a translation only. All translations must be complete and literal translations of the original records.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Score:  Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Score results sent directly to the University of Pittsburgh, use Institution Code 2927.  Your scores must be less than two years old and must be officially reported from ETS; photocopies are not acceptable. GRE score results are a requirement of the University of Pittsburgh as well as the BMI Training Program. A waive of GRE will only be considered for those applicants who provide other formal test results addressing general aptitude for graduate work, such as MCATs.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS):  Applicants who are citizens of countries where English is not the official language (and the Province of Quebec in Canada) are required to submit evidence of English language proficiency by submitting the official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  A minimum result of 100 iBT or 250 computer on the TOEFL or a minimum result of Band 7.0 on the IELTS is required for admission to the program.  Only officially reported results are accepted (which means that scores must be less than two years old); photocopies of results are not accepted.  A waive, if requested, may be considered if an applicant submits the ECFMG (English Certificate for Foreign Medical Graduates) Applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree or a higher degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States may request a waive from submitting English language proficiency test results, as requests will be considered in some cases. To submit TOEFL scores, use Institution Code 2927. 

Mailing Address (postal and overnight):

Biomedical Informatics Training Program
Department of Biomedical Informatics
University of Pittsburgh
5607 Baum Blvd., Suite 415
Pittsburgh, PA 15206-3701
412-624-5100 (for overnight packages)

Deadline:  All materials listed above must be received by January 10, 2018 for Fall 2018 admission consideration.  Applications received after that date can be considered, contingent upon the availability of unallocated trainee positions.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please send an email to Toni Porterfield at tls18@pitt.edu.

Note: Individuals applying to the Biomedical Informatics Track of the Intelligent Systems Program must also submit an application to the ISP (in addition to submitting an application to the Biomedical Informatics Degree Program.) Refer to the ISP website at www.isp.pitt.edu.