For Additional Information:
Cindy Warren, MA
Assistant Dean for Admissions
Phone: (304) 691-1738
Administrative Assistant to Vice Dean
Research & Graduate Education
Phone: (304) 691-1841
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).
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.
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. If selected for admission to the MD/PhD program, candidates will be recommended to the SOM admission committee for final approval. Students who already hold a PhD or ScD are ineligible to apply to the MD/PhD 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:
Vice Dean, Office of Research & Graduate Education
Phone: (304) 691-1841
Co-Director, MU JCESOM Graduate Program
Phone: (304) 696-3523