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M.D./Ph.D. Combined Degree Program

During their second year of study, M.D./Ph.D. students should discuss entry into the Ph.D. program with the Director of Graduate Studies of the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology. The Ph.D. portion of their combined degree program will begin after successful completion of the first two years of the Double-Helix Curriculum. M.D./Ph.D. students should expect to successfully complete 2-3 laboratory research rotations, at least one with a primary faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, during the first two years of the Double-Helix Curriculum.

Course Requirements

The Ph. D. portion of the M.D./Ph.D. program will build on previous background acquired in the Medical School curriculum. Because of this, certain course requirements of the traditional Ph. D. track outlined above will be waived and advanced courses may be substituted to provide depth in an area of specialization. M.D. / Ph.D. students are granted 30 credits toward the 96 credit requirement for the Ph.D. on the basis of their basic science courses in the medical curriculum.

Each M.D./Ph.D. student must complete at least one of the following three courses

  • IND 408 Biochemistry (5 CR)
  • IND 409 Cell Biology (4 CR)
  • IND 410 Molecular Biology (4 CR)

M.D. / Ph.D. students must also complete each of the following additional courses

  • IND/PHP 447 Signal Transduction (4 CR)
  • PHP 502 Seminar (4 semesters) (1 CR)
  • IND 501 Ethics and Professional Integrity (1 CR)

Finally, M.D./Ph.D. students must complete an additional 4 CR of upper-level A/E credit selected from the recommended courses listed in Section A above.

Qualifying Examination

M.D. / Ph.D. students must successfully complete the Departmental Qualifying Examination by October 1 of their 4th year of study in the M.D./Ph.D. program (as described in Section C above) and then meet annually with their Thesis Advisory Committee thereafter. During these meetings, the committee will discuss the student’s progress, clarify research problems, and outline priorities of future research directions. Thesis preparation and defense requirements are the same as those listed in Section E above.

Teaching Requirement

M.D./Ph.D. students are currently exempt from the TA requirement, as per MSTP policy.