MD/PhD

MD/PhD Program

Why an MD/PhD?

MD/PhDs blend the discovery of new knowledge with clinical medicine at the intersection of science and medicine. Most graduates work as physician-scientists at medical schools, conducting disease-related research and applying the results to the treatment of patients. They have a unique perspective on both the basic science and clinical science behind disease. Further information is available at the Association of American Medical Colleges website (aamc.org).

Applicant Information

Students interested in pursuing dual degrees should indicate this on their AMCAS application. A separate MD/PhD admissions subcommittee, including some members of the medical school committee, will review the applications and decide which applicants to invite for interviews. The MD/PhD admission subcommittee will utilize criteria below in its decision making process.

  1. As a state-assisted medical school, Marshall gives primary preference to West Virginia residents. However, well-qualified nonresidents from states adjoining West Virginia, nonresidents who have strong ties to West Virginia, or students who are introduced to our school through our out-of-state recruitment pipeline and outreach programs are eligible for consideration. Regardless of their state of residency, applicants are considered only if they are U.S. citizens or have permanent resident visas.
  2. Applicants must have demonstrated productive hands-on research experience outside of class at the undergraduate and/or post-baccalaureate level in the form of published abstracts for scientific meetings and/or publications in scientific journals.
  3. After submission and review of supplemental application materials, applicants may be required to provide additional information about their research interests.
  4. Preference will be given to those graduating from undergraduate institutions with proven research excellence as reflected by NIH funding for research.
  5. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better, or a post-baccalaureate (e.g., Master of Science) GPA of 3.4 or better, are preferred. Applicants with GPA below 3.0 will be considered if the applicant has extensive research experience (e.g., co-authorship in multiple publications in peer reviewed journals) on a case by case basis.
  6. All required prerequisites must be completed at an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada and must be passed with an average grade of "C" or better by June 15 of the year of matriculation.
  7. Consistent with JCESOM MD program admissions policy, MCAT score of 498 (new MCAT) or better is preferred. All applicants are required to take the MCAT. Provided they meet the requirements for exclusion, students from the JCESOM Medical Sciences Pathway Program who have fulfilled both the criteria for admittance to MU JCESOM MD program and who have extensive research experience (e.g., co-authorship in multiple publications in peer reviewed journals) will be considered for interviews.
  8. AMCAS applications must be submitted by November 1. Supplemental applications and all references and supporting documentation must be received by December 15. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis until the class is filled by January 15.

Interview Criteria

  1. As a state-assisted medical school, Marshall gives primary preference to West Virginia residents. However, well-qualified nonresidents from states adjoining West Virginia, nonresidents who have strong ties to West Virginia, or students who are introduced to our school through our out-of-state recruitment pipeline and outreach programs are eligible for consideration. Regardless of their state of residency, applicants are considered only if they are U.S. citizens or have permanent resident visas.
  2. Applicants must have demonstrated productive hands-on research experience outside of class at the undergraduate and/or post-baccalaureate level in the form of published abstracts for scientific meetings and/or publications in scientific journals.
  3. After submission and review of supplemental application materials, applicants may be required to provide additional information about their research interests.
  4. Preference will be given to those graduating from undergraduate institutions with proven research excellence as reflected by NIH funding for research.
  5. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better, or a post-baccalaureate (e.g., Master of Science) GPA of 3.4 or better, are preferred. Applicants with GPA below 3.0 will be considered if the applicant has extensive research experience (e.g., co-authorship in multiple publications in peer reviewed journals) on a case by case basis.
  6. All required prerequisites must be completed at an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada and must be passed with an average grade of "C" or better by June 15 of the year of matriculation.
  7. Consistent with JCESOM MD program admissions policy, MCAT score of 498 (new MCAT) or better is preferred. All applicants are required to take the MCAT. Provided they meet the requirements for exclusion, students from the JCESOM Medical Sciences Pathway Program who have fulfilled both the criteria for admittance to MU JCESOM MD program and who have extensive research experience (e.g., co-authorship in multiple publications in peer reviewed journals) will be considered for interviews.
  8. AMCAS applications must be submitted by November 1. Supplemental applications and all references and supporting documentation must be received by December 15. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis until the class is filled by January 15.

Description of Program

The curriculum takes seven to eight years to complete. Students first take years one and two of medical school. During that time, they complete research lab rotations. After passing the Step 1 exam at the end of year two, students begin their PhD coursework and research. This takes three to four years. After completing the PhD requirements, students then complete years three and four of medical school.

Students in this program will be involved in course work, research activities and clinical training for the entire calendar year for the duration of the program. While the first year of medical school begins in August, the MD/PhD program begins the first week of July with orientation followed by a month-long research lab rotation. Students are also required to submit an MD/PhD fellowship application before the end of the third year of the program.

Two applicants will be admitted each academic year; the admission cycle follows that of the traditional MD program.

Applicants who are admitted to the MD/PhD program will earn the following:

  • A tuition waiver for the entire length of the program
  • A yearly stipend equivalent to the PhD student stipend (currently $25,000) for all years of the program. The stipend and tuition are considered in-house, no interest educational loans that will be forgiven by completion of the MD/PhD dual degree program. If a student chooses to leave the MD/PhD program, he/she will have to reimburse the School of Medicine for the stipend and tuition benefits received.

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Tanner Bakhshi

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Taylor Boggess

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Arrin Carter

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Leadership

Uma Sundaram, MD

Vice Dean, Office of Research & Graduate Education
Phone: (304) 691-1841
sundaramu@marshall.edu

Richard Egleton, PhD

Co-Director, MU JCESOM Graduate Program
Phone: (304) 696-3523
egleton@marshall.edu

Todd L. Green, PhD

Co-Director, MU JCESOM Graduate Program
Phone: (304) 696-3531
green@marshall.edu