Physician Scientist

Individuals who wish to blend clinical medicine with the discovery and application of new knowledge may wish to pursue a dual degree (MD/PhD or DO/PhD) to receive comprehensive training in both areas. There are over 100 dual degree programs, most at MD-granting institutions (though there are some at DO schools). Most programs provide significant financial support for the approximately eight years of required training.

Prerequisites

Generally mirror the requirements for the medical school, although this may vary depending on the doctoral field of interest. Significant research experience is expected.

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MD/PhD Matriculant Profiles

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A recent grad's ISC / MD-PhD Perspective

"In general, schools that interviewed me had an overwhelmingly positive response to Integrated Science. At UTSW, the program director Mike Brown is a friend of Integrated director David Botstein, and knew all about our program. An admissions committee member at Vanderbilt told me she had been to a conference where David Botstein was making a presentation about Integrated (pitching it as a new model of education) and she had immediately thought, “Wow, we should really pick up some of those students for our program!” My interviewers at Columbia and Harvard knew about and were impressed by Integrated, and Harvard even states in its requirements FAQ that an integrated sciences curriculum is ideal preparation for their medical program."

 

"I think that certain other schools might not know as much about our program and how it covers the prerequisites, but there seems to be a widespread positive attitude toward it and these four top 20 schools were particularly receptive. Besides how it is seen, Integrated also makes great pre-MD/PhD training because it brings together a lot of disciplines toward solving scientific problems, much as MD/PhD’s are expected to integrate science and medicine to tackle disease. The program’s focus on research for undergraduates is also great preparation for the MD/PhD and gave me what I think was the most important part of my application, my research experience."

David Thomas '13