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Program Design

The M.D./Ph.D. Program design is:

  • Two years of medical school including successful completion of USMLE Step 1.
  • Three or four years of graduate education and completion of dissertation.
  • Medical school for the completion of years three and four must be completed at the OUHSC Oklahoma City campus, including the successful completion of USMLE Step 2.
  • Participation in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

During this time, students may have several sets of academic advisors. Each student will work with one of the two program directors serving as a faculty advisor for the first and second year of enrollment in medical school. Enrollment in medical school is prescribed and the advising will focus on academic preparation and opportunities to interface the medical school curriculum with graduate research activities such as seminars, journal clubs, and GREAT (Graduate Research Education and Technology Symposium) participation. The counseling notes will reside in the student�s credential file for the M.D./Ph.D. Program and in the College of Medicine student file.

Prior to the years of graduate education and as early as the first year of medical school, the student may select a department or area of study. Upon acceptance to the laboratory or program, the academic advising process is assumed by the individual designated as the Graduate Liaison for the department or program. The major professor selection must have the approvals of the M.D./Ph.D. Program directors and the departmental program. It is customary for the department to appoint an advisory committee to meet the student's needs. All M.D./Ph.D. students are required to submit an application for an F30 Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Completion of the graduate program returns the student to the counsel of the medical school faculty. For purposes of career selection and advice for residency programs, the student will select or can be assigned additional faculty who serve as resources to the student.

The academic standards for the MD/PhD program can be found here.


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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) 271-2227 x61252 FAX: (405) 271-3032

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