Tom and Anne Smith MD-PhD Program
Be part of the new generation of physician-scientists who apply research discoveries to patient care. Physician-scientists who complete an MD-PhD program are uniquely qualified to conduct, lead and train others in translational — or bench-to-bedside — research. They also expertly treat patients by applying the latest scientific knowledge to the practice of medicine. Physician-scientists and their translational research are expected to put medicine on a new path for the foreseeable future.
Through the Tom and Anne Smith MD-PhD Program, students receive training in clinical specialties and subspecialties, as well as education in such areas as biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, pathobiology, pharmacology and physiology. MD-PhD students pursue a seven- to eight-year course of study that combines the traditional four years of medical school with the four years typically required to earn a doctorate. See a complete listing of graduate degree programs at the University of Missouri.
Leaders at the School of Medicine recently committed to fund two full scholarships for MD-PhD students. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In learning how to help research reach patients, students generally spend the first two years in the School of Medicine patient-based learning curriculum. During years three to five, they start their doctoral degree course work and research. In years six through eight, they complete their medical school clerkships and their doctoral degree dissertation. Although this is the recommended track for MD-PhD students, scheduling is flexible and based on students’ needs.
- Year One
- Receive MD-PhD program acceptance
- Complete first grad school lab rotation
- Complete first year of medical school training
- Year Two
- Complete second grad school lab rotation
- Complete second year of medical school training
- Years Three to Six
- Complete third and final graduate school lab rotation
- Begin first year of graduate school
- Complete three to five years of doctoral course work and research to satisfy the requirements for the degree or the type of doctoral degree program. In general, most programs require some graduate school courses and some original research, usually written at the time of the doctoral thesis.
- Defend doctoral thesis and receive PhD prior to returning to medical school.
- Years Seven to Eight
Meet Current and Former MD-PhD Students
Mozow Yusof, MD, PhD, conducted laboratory research in conjunction with clinical training as a student at MU. Her studies on microvascular circulation could help prevent or improve treatment for cardiovascular disease, stroke and Alzheimer's disease.
James Bosanquet, MD, PhD, received clinical training in MU's teaching hospitals while conducting research on cardiovascular disease with the assistance of Kevin Dellsperger, MD, PhD, Marie L. Vorbeck Chair of Medicine, and Michael Rovetto, PhD, a professor of medical pharmacology and physiology at MU.
As MD-PhD students, Amanda Brodeur and Brent Pfeiffer were each awarded an MD-PhD travel grant to the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting in Salt Lake City. Only 10 such grants are awarded annually to outstanding MD-PhD biochemistry students across the nation. MU's winning students were sponsored by Judith Miles, MD, PhD, William and Nancy Thompson Chair in Child Health, and Charlotte Phillips, PhD, an associate professor of biochemistry and popular MD-PhD mentor.