MD/PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology

Medical students who are interested in pursuing a combined MD/PhD degree usually begin the doctoral part of their program after completing 1.5 or 2 years of the School of Medicine curriculum. Thus they have already completed many of the courses required for the PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology. After completing the doctoral program they return to the School of Medicine curriculum and receive the combined degree when their entire program is completed.

MD/PhD students are expected to complete a total of 32 additional credits as part of the PhD component of the degree: 6 credits from the Basic Departmental Required courses, 6 credits from the Advanced Departmental Seminar courses, and 20 credits from Electives or Research.

Basic Departmental Required Courses (10 credits)

  • GMS AN 704, GMS MS 700 Experimental Design and Statistical Method/Elementary Biostatistics (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 801/802 Current Topics in Neuroanatomical & Neurobiological Sciences (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 715 Professional Skills for Students in the Biomedical Sciences (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 805 Vesalius Module Teaching Practicum (2 cr)
  • GMS AN 806 Teaching in the Biomedical Sciences (2 cr)

Advanced Departmental Seminar Courses (6 credits)

The MD/PhD candidate is required to take 6 credits of Advanced Departmental Seminar courses offered by the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology. A course offered by another department in the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences may be used to partially fulfill this requirement if it is deemed relevant to the student’s research and approved by the Graduate Education Committee.

Elective Courses

The student may take courses offered by the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology and/or courses offered by other departments on the Medical Campus to fulfill this requirement.