School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies


Combined M.D./Ph.D. Degree Program

The Combined MD/PhD Degree Program at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science exemplifies the University’s commitment to the interdisciplinary and interprofessional training of physician-scientists for careers in academic medicine and biomedical research.  The Combined MD/PhD Degree Program is sponsored by the Chicago Medical School in conjunction with the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.  The program is intended for those students who are interested in a career as a physician-scientist.  The program prepares students for careers in medical science as members of clinical and preclinical faculties of medicine or as clinical investigators.

Students within the Combined MD/PhD Degree Program begin their training by academic advancement through the first two years of medical school.  After passing Step1 of the USMLE, the student enters the Ph.D. phase of their training and immediately begins research within the laboratory of their Ph.D. mentor.  A Research Committee is organized immediately upon entry into the laboratory.  This committee will provide mentorship and guidance through the student’s academic and research activities.

The curriculum for each student within the Combined MD/PhD Degree Program is individually tailored by the Research Committee to meet the student’s training and professional needs.  Core requirements in bioethics, biostatistics, appropriate use of animals in research and procedures for human subjects in research, as well as presentation of scientific data must also be completed.

After completion of all requirements for the Ph.D., including successful defense of the dissertation, the student enters the third year of medical school curriculum.  Throughout the M.D. and Ph.D. phases of the program, the student is provided mentorship by both a physician-scientist and their research mentor.

Students within the Combined M.D./Ph.D. Degree Program are typically supported by tuition waivers and stipends after admission into the Program.  However, the University reserves the right to require tuition waiver and stipend repayment from students who leave the program.  The decision to require repayment is considered on a case-by-case basis.

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