The MD/PhD Program is intended for students who are planning careers in academic medicine or biomedical research. Through the collaborative efforts of the College of Medicine and the Graduate College, dissertation research may be pursued through one of a number of biomedical sciences departments and interdisciplinary programs.
The specific program of study, including course work, is designed jointly by the student, the College of Medicine, and the Graduate program. Typically, seven to eight years are required for completion of the MD and PhD degrees; the first two years at medical school, followed by completion of graduate course work and dissertation research, and then by completion of the clinical medical school requirements.
In some cases, courses may be used as credit toward both degrees. Students are encouraged to use the summer before medical school and the summers between the initial medical school years for laboratory rotations. During their research years, students may choose to continue clinical activities, such as outpatient clinic preceptorships, on a limited basis.
The MD/PhD Program provides students with tuition and a yearly stipend for the medical school years.
The graduate program and laboratory the student joins will cover tuition and provide a stipend during the PhD years.