Years 1 and 2 (Preclerkship) of medical school and the three plus years of graduate school are thematically easy to group since they represent the academic and research portion of the MD/PhD Program. The Clerkship part of medical school is predominantly oriented toward the practical education of young physician apprentices in anticipation of their transition into residency training programs upon graduation.
The Combined Program is structured as an integrated curriculum and combines:
The undergraduate MD track with its curriculum essentially unchanged except for three issues:
an alteration in its timetable: The 4-year medical curriculum is interrupted between the second and third year of medical school to accommodate the student’s full-time pursuit of a PhD degree.
MD/PhD students who already hold a Master's degree take one advanced graduate course during their elective time in year 1 of medical school; those students who do not already have a Master's degree, take 2 graduate courses, the first during elective time in Year 1 and the second during Year 2 of medical school.
The student registers in the PhD program and develops and initiates his/her research project during the summer laboratory rotations after Year 1 and after Year 2, and, in addition:
The PhD program curriculum includes the following components:
In addition to completing graduate course work during the first two years of the undergraduate medical school curriculum, students initiate their research project in their chosen program during the summer months following the first year;
Upon successful completion of the first two years of medical school, the students transfer to the PhD program and complete three years plus one term (for a total of 10 sessions) of full-time graduate studies. During this time, the students complete all remaining requirements for the graduate program, including the seminar course, the comprehensive exam, the research project, the preparation and submission of the thesis for evaluation.