The Tom and Anne Smith MD-PhD Program allows students to receive training in a comprehensive program to prepare dual-degree physician-scientists for a career in academic medicine. MD-PhD students pursue a seven- to eight-year course of study that combines the traditional four years of medical school with the three to four years typically required to earn a doctorate in a scientific discipline.
Physician-scientists who complete the MD-PhD program are uniquely prepared to lead independent research programs and train others in translational bench-to-bedside research. They are also able to provide exceptional patient care to assimilate the latest scientific knowledge to the practice of medicine.
Plan of Study
The MD-PhD program allows a flexible approach to training as a medical scientist. The typical course of study is as follows:
- Years 1-2: School of Medicine patient-based learning curriculum
- Years 3-5: Doctoral degree course work
- Years 6-8: Medical school clerkships and doctoral degree dissertation
Although this is the recommended track for MD-PhD students, scheduling is flexible and based on students' needs.
Degree programs are offered in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including:
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The School of Medicine offers two full scholarships for incoming MD-PhD students. Each scholarship includes full tuition for four years of medical school as well as a stipend to help with living expenses for each year of study. Funded labs provide full graduate support during the PhD years of study.
Collaboration in all stages of the MD-PhD program is encouraged, and students actively support their peers to become better students, physicians and researchers.
The key elements of the MD-PhD program include:
- Lab rotations (to choose a PhD supervisor)
- Summer research fellowship (after M1 year)
- Journal clubs
- MD-PhD program grand rounds
- Active participation in the research education program across the School of Medicine
- Monthly meeting with MD-PhD executive committee
Mentoring and advising is provided by co-mentors for both the scientific and clinical components of the program. The MD-PhD executive committee is an exceptional resource for students. It includes members with diverse areas of expertise who are dedicated to training a new generation of physician-scientists. Many committee members are physician-scientists themselves, and they all share a passion for teaching, challenging and inspiring students.