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Curriculum

During Years 1 and 2, you will take the integrated medical school basic science curriculum and actively participate in a monthly research forum for all students in the MD/PhD program. During the summer periods before and after the first year of medical school, you will complete rotations in at least two research laboratories to facilitate the selection of a research mentor and specific graduate program.

After successful completion of Years 1 and 2 of medical school and posting a passing score on Step 1 of the USMLE, you will enter the Ph.D. research portion of your training in one of the following graduate programs:

 

Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs:

 

Training Sequence:

MS1Human Function (Physiology, Biochemistry)
Public Health
Physical Diagnosis and Clinical Integration (PDCI)
Problem Based Learning (PBL)
Human Structure (Anatomy, Histology)
Neurobiology
 
     
MS2Microbiology
Pathology
Pharmacology
Immunology
Physical Diagnosis and Clinical Integration (PDCI)
Behavioral Science and Psychopathology
Ethics
 
     
Grad1Required graduate coursework and/or comprehensive exams (this varies by program)Biomedical Sciences
     
Grad2Dissertation Research 
     
Grad3Dissertation Research 
     
Grad4Dissertation Research 
     
MS3Clinical Rotations in Internal Medicine, Surgery, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Psychiatry/Neurology, and Family Medicine 
     
MS4Sub-internship, Critical Care, Rural Health Rotation, Electives, Step 2 Prep, Interviewing