M.D./Ph.D. PROGRAM

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the MD/PhD Program is highly competitive, and interested applicants are advised to apply early in the fall. AMCAS applications must be received by the Medical Admissions Office no later than December 15. Competitive applicants usually have a cumulative undergraduate science G.P.A. of at least 3.4 and a composite score of at least 32 on the MCAT exam.  Preference will be given to candidates who can provide tangible evidence of a commitment to biomedical research, substantial laboratory or other relevant research experience and scientific talent.  Applications from under-represented groups, including minorities and women, are encouraged.

The completed application should contain a research narrative and two letters of recommendation from scientists who specifically address their potential as a physician scientist. One of these must come from a scientist with whom the student performed research. Composite evaluations from a premedical advisory committee cannot be substituted for either of these letters. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for matriculation into the MD/PhD Program.

All MD/PhD applicants are reviewed by both the MD Program Admissions Committee and the MD/Ph.D Program Admissions Committee. These evaluations proceed independently and a student will still be considered for the MD program, even after an unfavorable review by the MD/PhD Program. A successful applicant is granted admission to both the MD Program and the MD/PhD Program.

DEGREE PROGRAMS

The Basic Science Graduate Programs

The following doctoral programs, described elsewhere in this bulletin, participate in the MD/PhD Program. The MD/PhD Program office can provide you with further information about these programs and the research interests of their faculty.

• Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
• Sheila and David Fuente Cancer Biology Program
• Epidemiology and Public Health
• Human Genetics & Genomics
• Microbiology and Immunology
• Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology
• Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
• Neuroscience
• Physiology and Biophysics

Program Sequence

Students complete the first two years of medical school, which is followed by their PhD training and then the final two years of clinical clerkships. Students are advised to begin the program in June to enable an early start on their research rotations as the MD program courses begin in mid-August. Some students choose to continue their research during the first two years of medical school. It is recommended that students select and apply to a graduate program by February of their second year in the program and identify a research mentor no later than the beginning of the third year. The summers before the second and third year are usually spent in research rotations. The third year is spent both in class to fulfill the final graduate course requirements and in the mentor’s laboratory. Students should plan to take their Ph.D. qualifying exam by the end of the third year. The following two or more years are spent carrying out original research for their dissertation. All Ph.D. requirements must be completed before entry into the third year of medical school.

Combined degree programs are long and challenging. To relieve pressure produced by the demands of the medical and graduate curricula, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine provides a stimulating and supportive environment in which all combined degree students have frequent opportunities to exchange their ideas, energy and concerns.

The on-going program activities provide opportunities for integration of clinical problems with basic science advances. Enhance the clinical curriculum with in-depth case reviews.

Foster discussion of the students’ own research results in an interdisciplinary, rigorous, but informal setting.

Also, special events are scheduled to bring the program’s students together for in-depth discussion with international leaders in research.