School of Medicine

Department of Physiology

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MD/PhD Program with a PhD in Physiology

The combined MD/PhD program is an option for select students with superior academic records and high potential for research success. In the course of this program, a student will pursue the medical curriculum for two years, spend three to four years as a graduate student to satisfy the PhD requirements, and finally spend two years completing the medical curriculum. Prospective students must first apply to and be accepted by the Medical School. When applying, they should state their desire to enter the MD/PhD program. General criteria for consideration of admission are a GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) and a GRE (Combined Verbal and Quantitative 1,200). The GRE is optional. Students must maintain a B average or the equivalent in Graduate School and a "High Pass" in Medical School to remain in good standing in the MD/PhD program. 

The Department of Physiology has a long-standing history of successfully training MD/PhDs.  Our Department Head Dr. Patricia Molina holds both doctoral degrees and ensures that our MD/PhD students are provided a comprehensive training at the interface of biomedical sciences and medicine.  Physiology students that have been successful at obtaining highly competitive NIH F30 NRSA fellowships for their MD/PhD training include:

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Allyson Schrieber (Gi
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Stephen Ford (Molina Lab)