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Program Design, Curriculum and Advising

The M.D./Ph.D. Program design is:

Summer 1


Year 1


Summer 2


Year 2


Summer 3


Year 3 – 6


Year 7


Year 8


Lab Research

Medical School I

Lab Research

Medical School II

Lab Research

Graduate School

Medical School III

Medical School IV

  • Two years of pre-clinical medical curriculum including successful completion of USMLE Step 1.
  • Three or four years of graduate education in one of the participating programs: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology or Physiology and completion of dissertation.
  • Return to medical school for the completion of years three and four of the clinical curriculum, including the successful completion of USMLE Step 2.
  • Participation in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

During this time, students may have several sets of academic advisors. Each student will work with one of the two program directors serving as a faculty advisor for the first and second year of enrollment in medical school. Enrollment in medical school is prescribed and the advising will focus on academic preparation and opportunities to interface the medical school curriculum with graduate research activities such as seminars, journal clubs, and GREAT (Graduate Research Education and Technology Symposium) participation. The counseling notes will reside in the student’s credential file for the M.D./Ph.D. Program and in the College of Medicine student file.

Prior to the years of graduate education and as early as the first year of medical school, the student may select a department or area of study. Upon acceptance to the laboratory or program, the academic advising process is assumed by the individual designated as the Graduate Liaison for the department or program. The major professor selection must have the approvals of the M.D./Ph.D. Program directors and the departmental program. It is customary for the department to appoint an advisory committee to meet the student's needs. All M.D./Ph.D. students are required to submit an application for an F30 Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Completion of the graduate program returns the student to the counsel of the medical school faculty. For purposes of career selection and advice for residency programs, the student will select or can be assigned additional faculty who serve as resources to the student.