Combined Degree Programs
Many medical schools and other healt professions schools offer students the opportunity to pursue combined or dual degree programs in a variety of different disciplines. They may be able to combine their health professional degree with a Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Juris Doctorate (JD), or Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD).
If applicants to medical school are very interested in a research career they may consider a combined MD/PhD program. The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) funds many of these programs, allowing students to get their full tuition for medical and graduate school paid plus a stipend. These MD/PhD programs tend to be between 7-9 years in length. For more information on MSTP Programs, please consult the individual schools.
MD-PhD Dual Degree Training
MD-PhD programs provide training in both medicine and research. They are specifically designed for those who want to become research physicians, also known as physician-investigators or physician-scientists. Please visit the official MD-PhD section of the AAMC website. This website, developed by seasoned MD-PhD directors and administrators is an ideal tool for applicants and potential applicants.
The American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) is a national organization dedicated to addressing the needs of future physician scientists with respect to their training and career development. The APSA strives to be the student physician-scientists' leading voice for improving educational opportunities, advancing patient-oriented research, and advocating for the future of translational medicine.
This innovative program allows MD/PhD students to obtain all or part of their research training in one of the more than one thousand biomedical research laboratories in the NIH intramural research program and maintain eligibility for medical school training at most of the MSTP-funded M.D./Ph.D. programs around the country.