Combined M.D./Ph.D. Program Curriculum
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Course requirements for M.D./Ph.D. candidates seeking their Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are Cell Biology (BIOC 1360), Biochemistry of Gene Expression (BIOC 1250), and Protein Structure and Function (BIOC 2690). Departmental Seminar and Journal Club (BIOC 8020) is required during each year of enrollment in the Ph.D. program. Students may elect to take additional courses offered in other departments. M.D./Ph.D. students must also pass the written and oral examination(s), prepare a thesis proposal, and defend a doctoral dissertation like all Ph.D. candidates.
Students in the M.D./Ph.D. program seeking their Ph.D. in Cell Biology are required to pass, as core courses, both Cell Biology (CELL 1360) and Biochemistry of Gene Expression (BIOC 1250). Journal Club (CELL 8010) and Research Seminar (CELL 8020) are required during each year of enrollment in the Ph.D. program. Students may elect to take additional courses offered in the department or other departments. A “B” average (GPA = 3.00 or better) must be maintained for the specified core courses as well as for all graduate courses. M.D./Ph.D. candidates must also pass the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination.
Students in the M.D./Ph.D. program seeking their Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology must earn 10 credits in didactic graduate courses, including Biochemistry of Gene Expression (BIOC–1250) and Cell Biology (CELL–1360). Additional courses are chosen after consultation with the student’s faculty sponsor and graduate program director. Other requirements (qualifying examination, journal club, computer literacy) will be the same as those expected of Ph.D. students.
M.D./Ph.D. students must take twelve credits of advanced didactic electives, including at least six credits in pharmacology courses, and fulfill all other requirements expected of Ph.D. students, including the Qualifying Examination and at least two research rotations (PHARM 9110).
Students in the M.D./Ph.D. program seeking their Ph.D. in physiology must earn eight credits of advanced physiology electives (PHYS 2000 – 7999) and register for PHYS–8010, 8020, 8030) each semester they are offered while the student is in residence in the graduate program. The qualifying examination for these students consists of a modified version of the usual Part 2 exam described below. The student writes a comprehensive review on a topic closely related to the subject of the student’s dissertation project and is usually presented in conjunction with the thesis proposal. The student is examined orally on his/her overall knowledge of physiology at this time.