MD/PhD Combined Degree
The M.D./Ph.D. Combined Degree Program at Boston University School of Medicine is structured to train physician-scientists for productive careers in the twenty-first century. Our philosophy views the clinical encounter as central in the generation of relevant questions that can be best explored by scientific methodology. Therefore, we place premiums on balancing both the clinical training and scientific training. This produces a physician-scientist with the capacity to derive a clinically-relevant question, explore it in the laboratory or clinical research center, and translate the new knowledge gained into pragmatic clinical practice.
We provide opportunities for integrated basic and clinical training at each point in the M.D./Ph.D. Combined Degree Program. Students in the pre-clinical basic sciences attend specially tailored classes that challenge them to design research programs based on clinical cases. Students in the graduate years shadow working physician scientists to learn how to integrate laboratory and clinical work with research interests. Students in their clinical years participate in seminars on translational research and clinical trial design.
A Physician-Scientist is a leader who forms the link between basic biomedical science and clinical practice. We strive to nurture, as well as mold these leaders who will build an integrated community between what often are disparate cultures of basic biomedical research and clinical practice.
Throughout this experience, students in the program attend scientific and social events designed to foster these leadership skills with other M.D./Ph.D. students and broadly throughout the community of biomedicine.