Dual Degree Options
Combining medical education with training and experience in clinical research prepares clinician-researchers to improve patient health as well as healthcare. The dual degree program is appealing to those students who are interested in pursuing careers in the areas of medicine and clinical research in either an academic environment or pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry setting.
The program is designed as a five-year full-time experience, although accommodations can be made for students who need more time to complete the dual degree. Senior faculty with clinical and research expertise will both instruct and mentor students throughout the program. The required research thesis is designed to allow the student to demonstrate research skills. Students will also develop fine-tuned clinical research skills as they complete 240 hours of a clinical research practicum in either an academic institution or in industry.
Boston University School of Medicine currently supports two successful programs under the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences: the Master of Science in Medical Sciences and Master of Science in Clinical Investigation Programs. A review of curricula, student interests and goals, emerging careers for professionals with a background in the medical sciences, and clinical research suggested the need for a Master of Science in Medical Sciences and Clinical Investigation Dual Degree Program. This program is now available to incoming students.
A number of the students in the Medical Sciences Program who take the Clinical Investigation electives in that concentration do so to gain a clinical research background prior to attending medical school. As well, some students elect to pursue a M.S. in Medical Sciences and an M.S. in Clinical Investigation with the intent of pursing clinical research related career opportunities in academic institutions, or in pharmaceutical, biotechnology or medical device industries. The dual degree option would give these students an opportunity to gain training that will serve them well as clinician- researcher.