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MD/PhD Program


Through the collaborative efforts of the College of Medicine and the Graduate College, the University of Arizona offers a combined M.D.-Ph.D. Program. Doctoral studies may be pursued through one of a number of biomedical sciences departments and interdisciplinary programs. The M.D.-Ph.D. Program is intended for students who are planning careers in academic medicine or biomedical research, or who desire formal research training to enhance their clinical skills.

The specific program of study, including course work, dissertation research, and clinical rotations, is designed jointly by the student, the College of Medicine, and the graduate program. Typically, seven years are required for completion of the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. Most students begin their studies with the first two years of medical school, followed by completion of graduate course work and dissertation research, and then by completion of the medical school curriculum.

In some cases, courses may be used as credit toward both degrees. Students are encouraged to use the summer before medical school and the summers between the initial medical school years for laboratory rotations. During their dissertation research years, students may choose to continue clinical activities, such as outpatient clinic preceptorships, on a limited basis.

Admission to the Program

M.D.-Ph.D. students must be admitted to both the College of Medicine and an approved University of Arizona graduate program. Applicants to the Graduate College must specify a particular Ph.D. program. Applicants to the College of Medicine indicating an interest in the M.D.-Ph.D Program will be sent a supplemental application form on which to describe their research experience and career objectives. A personal interview by the members of the M.D.-Ph.D. Committee will be conducted for all competitive candidates. Successful applicants will have highly competitive academic records and scores on the Medical College Admissions Test, and be able to document substantive research interest.

Please note that M.D./Ph.D. applicants must go through the same application and interview process as students only applying for the Ph.D. in Neuroscience, and the same deadlines apply.

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Financial Support

Funding is provided by the College of Medicine and the participating graduate programs. Two M.D.-Ph.D. fellowships are awarded annually with guarantees of support for stipend and tuition for the medical school portion of study, contingent on acceptable academic performance. Students arrange for support for the graduate school portion of study with their Graduate Program.

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