MD/PhD in Biochemistry
General Program Information
MD/PhD candidates must fulfill the requirements for both the MD and the PhD degrees. Please consult with the Office of Admissions for Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) for information on how to apply to the MD/PhD program, as well as the curriculum for the MD component (medical school curriculum).
For the PhD component, we’re pleased to announce the launching of a new interdisciplinary program called the Program in Biomedical Sciences (or PiBS for short) that will incorporate didactic coursework and biomedical research to prepare our graduates for career advancement. Our new Foundations in Biomedical Sciences I (FiBS I) and Professional Development & Mentoring curricula will be integrated into this exciting, new program. In the first year of the PhD component of the MD/PhD curriculum, students will participate in the FiBS I core curriculum while rotating in a number of research laboratories. The required courses for the PhD component of the MD/PhD curriculum are identical to those required for the PhD candidates with the exception that specific modules within the FiBS I core curriculum may be met by the first-year BUSM curriculum subject to prior approval by the Student Affairs Committee.
After selection of a dissertation research laboratory, students will join the program/department with which the mentor is affiliated and continue advanced studies towards candidacy. As students progress through the program, they will have access to the Professional Development & Mentorship curriculum, which is dedicated to developing professional skills to assure that our graduates are prepared for successful careers in academia, industry, local or federal government or wherever they may choose to work after Boston University.
- GMS FC 701, FC 702, FC 703, FC 704, FC 706* (Foundations in Biomedical Sciences)
* Prior satisfaction of specific modules within GMS FC 701–706 may be met by the first-year BUSM curriculum subject to prior approval by the Student Affairs Committee.
- GMS BI 854 Biochemistry Seminar
- GMS BI 777 Techniques in Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology
- GMS MS 700 or GMS MS 570 Biostatistics
- Advanced electives
- Research credits
(See Course Descriptions for more details.)
Candidates for the MD/PhD degrees must pass both a written qualifying examination and an oral qualifying examination.
Thesis Advisory Committee and Thesis Defense
Upon completion of qualifying exams, MD/PhD candidates present a research proposal to a five-member Thesis Advisory Committee. The committee is assembled at least once annually to discuss the progress of the accepted proposal. Once the Thesis Advisory Committee determines that the research work is complete, the student writes and defends the thesis.