Have you ever thought of becoming a researcher and a doctor? Applying to an MD/PhD program allows you to practice medicine while contributing to clinical research. Here are 15 facts to get you started!
- According to the AAMC’s list of MD-PhD programs by state, 115 different universities in the US offer combined MD/PhD programs.
- The curriculum will vary slightly from program to program, but according to the MD PhD: Is it right for me? from the AAMC, all of these programs combine medical training and clinical research. Typically, there is more emphasis on medical school in years 1-2 and again in years 7-8, and the emphasis is on graduate school/research in the middle years (3-6).
- 55 MD-PhD programs are partially funded by training grants from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences. These programs are known as Medical Scientist Training Programs or MSTP. MSTPs tend to be better funded than non-MSTPs. For a list of MSTP programs by state, visit the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) website.
- Most MD-PhD programs offer financial assistance in the form of scholarships and tuition waivers. Each program differs in how much support each student receives. See the differences in the AAMC chart linked earlier.
- You apply to most MD/PhD programs on the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) platform. When applying, you must identify yourself as an MD/PhD candidate and additional essays will be required.
- Princeton Review reports that MD/PhD programs are very competitive. Princeton Review notes that there were 1,936 applicants in the 2016-2017 academic year; 649 of them were accepted.
- Because the programs are so competitive, the entry requirements are high. According to the Princeton Review, successful applicants had an average overall MCAT score of 513.9 and an average GPA of 3.78.
- Research experience is expected from an MD/PhD candidate (including summer projects, research work at postgraduate level or postgraduate research activities). However, the website How to Stand Out as an MD/PhD Candidate notes that simply describing studies and their results is just as important as demonstrating your intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm.
- On Is MD right for me? AAMC recommends that two MD-PhD degrees take approximately 7-8 years. Then you have to complete a 3-7 year residency program if you want to practice medicine. It is good to understand the time required before entering these types of programs.
- The AAMC’s Career Paths for MD/PhD Graduates website indicates that approximately 75% of MD-PhD graduates end up in pharmaceutical or medical academic positions.
- Career Paths websites also report that MD/PhD graduates who end up in academic medicine spend about 70-80% of their professional time on research.
- The NIH offers a variety of scholarships and funding opportunities for those with an MD/PhD background.
- There are MD-PhD programs that allow you to get a doctorate in the humanities or social sciences. The AAMC also knows about these programs.
- If you drop out of an MD-PhD program, some schools require you to repay the investment the school made in you. Read each school’s policies or talk to the school’s admissions office before you decide to apply.
- According to Science, there are several factors to consider when choosing a residency as an MD/PhD graduate.
Can you study medicine with a degree in chemistry?
In the UK, medical schools have certain entry requirements that you must meet. You can be admitted as a bachelor’s or master’s student. If you already have a degree in chemistry, you can apply as a doctoral student. This should shorten your studies significantly, as some of your chemistry majors will be credited.
Here’s how to start studying medicine:
Medicine vs biomedicine, which is better?
There are many different careers that someone with a biomedical or medical degree can pursue.
Some are similar and others are reserved for doctors or graduates in biomedical sciences.
He can obtain a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) between the ages of 10 and 14. During this time, you will study academically and receive clinical training.
After graduation, students attend medical school for four years. Students study medicine through preclinical courses and clinical experiences during these four years. In the second and final year of medical school, students must pass two of the three parts of the USMLE National Medical Licensing Examination.