The first two years of the MD/PhD program are spent in the MD Curriculum, in which students will take the integrated medical school basic science curriculum. During the summer periods before and after the first year of medical school, students will complete at least two research rotations 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, students will enter the PhD research portion of their training in one of the following graduate programs:

Eligible Graduate Programs

Training Sequence


Human Function (Physiology, Biochemistry), Public Health, Physical Diagnosis and Clinical Integration (PCDI), Problem Based Learning (PBL), Human Structure (Anatomy, Histology), Neurobiology


Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Immunology, Physical Diagnosis and Clinical Integration (PDCI), Behavioral Science and Psychopathology, Ethics


Required graduate coursework and/or comprehensive exams (this varies by program):

MS 3

Clinical Rotations in Internal Medicine, Surgery OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Psychiatry/ Neurology, Family Medicine


Sub-internship, Critical Care, Rural Health Rotation, Electives, Step 2 Prep, Interviewing

Research Forrest