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Neuroscience

An MD/PhD student may pursue a PhD in Neuroscience. A total of 90 hours is required for the PhD in Neuroscience.

Up to 20 credit hours toward the PhD in Neuroscience may be applied from the first two years of medical school provided the MD/PhD student is in good academic standing and has passed USMLE Step 1.

Following are the medical school classes that may apply toward the PhD in Neuroscience and the earned graduate hours available:

Course Name 
Credit Hours 
Major Discipline Content
Course Number
Molecular and Cellular Systems         
5
Biochemistry,Genetics,
Cell Biology
INDT8108
The Human Structure 
7
Anatomy
INDT8124
Disease, Diagnosis and Therapeutics 
4
Pharmacology and Pathology
INDT8116
Microbiology and Immunology
6
Microbiology and Immunology
INDT8132
Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary
5
Physiology
INDT8140
Metabolism and Nutrition
5
Biochemistry and Physiology
INDT8148
Blood, Hematopoiesis and Lymphatics
5
Pathology
INDT8156
Biostatistics and Epidemiology
1
Biostatistics
INDT8303
Cardiovascular, Respiratory & Renal
8
Physiology and Pathology
INDT8264
Neuroscience and Psychiatry
10
Physiology and Neuroscience

INDT8272

Reproductive and
Gender-based
5
Physiology
INDT8280

MD/PhD students pursuing the PhD in Neuroscience are required to take the following advanced courses:

Course
Number
Hours
Neurobiology of Disease
OCNS 6503
3 Hours
Molecular/Systems Neuroscience
OCNS 6403
2 Hours
Current Topics in Neuroscience
OCNS 5401
1 Hour
Special Studies
OCNS 6990
3-12 Hours
Research for Doctor's Dissertation
OCNS 6980
Variable

Graduate students in Neuroscience also have the opportunity to participate in numerous educational activities that are sponsored by the Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience including: Neuroscience Journal Clubs, Distinguished Lectureships, OCNS Annual Symposium, Hot Topics, NeuroNight, Brain Awareness Week.

An MD/PhD student may participate in the Qualifying Exam during the spring semester of the first academic year in the PhD-track provided the student maintained a B average and completed all required coursework. The Qualifying Exam contains both a written and oral component.

Upon achieving a passing score on the Qualifying Exam, the student may enroll in OCNS 6980 (Research for Doctor's Dissertation).

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M.D./Ph.D. Program
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Post Office Box 26901, BMSB 357, Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0901
PHONE: (405) 271-2503 FAX: (405) 271-3032


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