MD/PhD: Overview of the Program

photo: UNM HSC White coat ceremonyAbout the MD/PhD Program

The MD/PhD program is designed to provide comprehensive training in both clinical sciences and a basic biomedical science discipline. The intent of the program is to provide students with an integrated and cohesive training experience while obtaining the MD/PhD degree. Students participate in activities common to both programs while involved in the medical school curriculum or engaged in PhD dissertation research.

The program consists of 2 years of the medical school curriculum followed by 3-4 years of graduate courses and PhD dissertation research, and concludes with the remaining 2 years of the medical school curriculum.

The program is designed to be completed in 7-8 years. The PhD and MD degrees are awarded simultaneously at the end of the entire training period. Students will take two one-month long rotations in research laboratories during the initial 20 months of the program. These experiences are meant to broaden the research experience of the students as they decide in what research area they wish to specialize. Students can pursue many lines of research activity performed by investigators in biomedical research in the School of Medicine.

photo: UNM HSC studentMD/PhD Research Areas

At the University of New Mexico your options are open!

You will choose from over 100 research laboratories representing six research divisions:

Additionally, the UNM Health Sciences Center has six Signature Research Programs:

Research mentors are also found within the UNM School of Medicine Clinical Departments, UNM Biology Department and at affiliated research sites including Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute and Los Alamos National Laboratories. Many interdepartmental and multidisciplinary opportunities are represented in research centers and training programs at UNM.

Specific pre-doctoral training programs include the Infectious Diseases & Inflammation Program (IDIP), the Cardiovascular Physiology Training Program, and Alcohol Research Training in Neurosciences. From infectious disease and Neurosciences to molecular genetics and cancer biology, the University of New Mexico's Biomedical Research students are making significant scientific contributions.