The M.D./Ph.D. program is designed for a limited number of students who are strongly motivated toward a career in academic medicine and medically oriented research. The program trains individuals in the fundamental clinical aspects of medicine and offers advanced training in a specific field of research. Physicians with extensive research training are uniquely positioned to advance medical care and to teach at the cutting edge of medical discovery.
The program also includes an engineering track for qualified students with engineering and biomedical engineering backgrounds.
Students in the M.D./Ph.D program receive a full tuition waiver, a competitive stipend and medical insurance allowance throughout the course of study.
M.D./Ph.D. Program Application Procedure
Applications are submitted initially to the medical school through AMCAS. If approved by the medical school initial review, a secondary application will be sent. On the secondary application, there is a box that can be checked to indicate interest in the M.D./Ph.D. Program. Checking this box places the application in a separate review group. The applicant should include a personal statement, with a description of research experience and interest, with the secondary application. The applicant should also provide a recommendation letter from at least one individual who is able to assess his or her research capabilities and potential.
The M.D./Ph.D. program selects three dates to interview M.D./Ph.D. applicants. On these designated dates, no other medical school interviews are conducted.
Interviews for the M.D./Ph.D. program span two days and include an orientation to the program, interviews with biomedical graduate faculty and M.D./Ph.D. Advisory Committee members, tours of the campuses and research facilities, and interaction with current M.D./Ph.D. students. Accommodations are complementary and will be arranged by the M.D./Ph.D. program.
The M.D./Ph.D. Committee conducts the initial review of all M.D./Ph.D. applications. If an applicant is accepted into the M.D./Ph.D. program, he/she will automatically be accepted into medical school; no further review by medical school admissions is required. If the applicant is judged as non-competitive for the M.D./Ph.D. Program, the application will be reviewed by the Medical School Admissions Committee. An applicant can be accepted by the College of Medicine and not by the M.D./Ph.D. Program; applying to the M.D./Ph.D. Program cannot jeopardize an applicant's chances of being accepted to the Medical School.
The M.D./Ph.D. program offers an exciting and intellectually challenging course of study that students can generally complete in seven or eight years.
During the first two years, students follow the basic medical preclinical curriculum, which includes an expanded Introduction to Clinical Medicine Course. They rotate through a number of research laboratories and in consultation with members of the M.D./Ph.D. Advisory Committee, select a mentor for research training in any of the disciplines offering the Ph.D. degree. M.D./Ph.D. students can complete their Ph.D. in any of the Biomedical Graduate Studies programs or in Bioengineering.
There are several investigators who participate in the graduate programs in Molecular and Cell Biology and/or Biochemistry who are at Fox Chase Cancer Center, which is a renowned, NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center located in Northeast Philadelphia. Links to the research interests of the faculty can be found on the program web pages.
Available research options are:
The next three to four years focus on individualized advanced coursework, dissertation research and seminars. They culminate in the dissertation defense. Students also attend clinical seminars and presentations to maintain their clinical acuity.
Following the completion of the Ph.D., students complete the final two years of medical school which involves required and elective clinical rotations, ometimes including additional research
The M.D. and Ph.D. degrees are awarded simultaneously upon completion of all the requirements.
The following guideline describes the academic policies and procedures pertaining to graduate study in the M.D./Ph.D programs. The booklet contains current standards that are revised periodically by faculty in the M.D./Ph.D program, procedures and general rules of the Office of Biomedical Graduate Studies. The booklet can be downloaded either in PDF format or Word format.
M.D./Ph.D Policies (Adobe PDF format)
Office of Medical Student Research
Citizenship of Applicants
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. If the applicant is a permanent resident of the U.S., a copy of the aplicant's green card is required when applying.
The application deadline for the M.D./Ph.D program is November 1.
Jane Azizkhan-Clifford, Ph.D
Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry
Director, M.D./Ph.D. Program
Drexel University College of Medicine
245 N. 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
2900 Queen Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19129