Education and Training

Our program's structured curriculum and one-on-one advising give you the resources to succeed on your path to becoming a clinical translational scientist with an average program duration of seven to eight years.

First Two Years: MS1 & MS2

  • Clinical and didactic coursework alongside medical students
  • Laboratory Rotations
  • Bi-weekly MD-PhD Seminar

PhD Years

  • Advanced basic science coursework
  • PhD thesis research
  • Longitudinal clinical mentoring program
  • Bi-weekly MD-PhD Seminar

Final Two Years: MS3 & MS4

  • Clinical rotations and electives
  • Prepare for Residency or Post-Doc
  • Bi-weekly MD-PhD Seminar

MD-PhD Seminar Series

The MD-PhD Seminar is a bi-weekly seminar that all MD-PhD students participate in during the fall and spring terms. Speakers include basic science researchers, clinicians, and current students. This seminar offers an opportunity for students to hear about the interdisciplinary and broad research opportunities available while regularly interacting with their fellow MD-PhD students on a regular basis.

Student Advisement

Program Advisement

All students meet with the program director and coordinator on a semesterly basis. This is an opportunity to discuss program progress, troubleshoot any potential issues, and plan for upcoming milestones.

PhD Advisor

Once you matriculate into your PhD department, your PhD program advisor and thesis committee will advise you on research activities and progress towards completion of PhD program requirements.

Clinical Mentoring Program

During your PhD years, you will be matched with a clinical mentor with who you will form a long-term relationship with during your PhD years. They will assist you with keeping your clinical skills fresh while offering career advice.