A career as an M.D./Ph.D. can be one of the most rewarding in the world. However, it can also be one of the most challenging and time consuming. Below, we’ll explain what it takes to apply for an M.D./Ph.D. program and help you determine if this route is the right way to go.
How Do I Apply for the Program?
You can apply for the dual program as you would for any standard or traditional medical school program; by using the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). When filling out the application, you will note that you are an M.D./Ph.D. applicant. By doing this, you will also have to write two additional essays. The first essay will detail why you are interested in dual training. The second essay will explain the research you’ve done and the experiences you’ve had that make you right for the dual program.
Where Can I Find the Dual Program?
You can find M.D./Ph.D programs in nearly every corner of the country, as there are over 100 currently being offered in the United States today.
How Long Do Dual Courses Take?
On average, you can expect to spend 7-8 years enrolled in a dual M.D./Ph.D. program. Once you advance through your studies, you will receive both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees upon completing.
Are Dual Programs Right for Me?
M.D./Ph.D. programs are primarily designed for those who would like to become research physicians. Upon completion of dual programs, graduates often become faculty members at medical schools and universities. While students in dual programs will be prepared to treat patients, they will spend the vast majority of their time doing vital research. Dual programs are only for those who have a strong desire to do both and are not recommended for those who would like to solely devote their time and focus to one or the other.