The Combined M.D./Ph.D. Degree Program is designed for those students who are committed to a career that incorporates research with clinical care. There are two ways to obtain both degrees as both programs are designed to allow student to earn the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in seven years. An advantage of this combined program is that up to 30 credit hours of non-clinical courses may be credited towards the Ph.D. degree.
The official combined degree program in the Indiana University School of Medicine is called the Indiana Medical Scientist Training Program (IMSTP). Applications to the IMSTP combined degree program can be checked directly in the appropriate box on the medical school application. This is a highly competitive fellowship program. Students take basic medical science courses in medical school for the first two years, complete their graduate studies and dissertation in the next three years, and return to complete medical school clinical rotations for the final two years.
The other option is to complete a separate graduate application for obtaining the M.D./Ph.D. in addition to a regular medical school application. Successful applicants will have a similar curriculum as IMSTP combined degree students, then take a leave from medical school to complete the Ph.D. coursework and dissertation, and then return to complete the clinical rotations in medical school. The difference between the two programs is the direct route with application to the medical school for the M.D./Ph.D. program and, if successful, will also provide stipends for the four years of medical school while the separate program provides no financial support for the years in medical school.
Participation in the M.D./Ph.D. Combined Degree Program also includes attending seminars and events, poster presentations, the opportunity to travel to national conferences, and mentor support.
Additional information regarding this degree program can be found on the following website: http://grad.medicine.iu.edu/