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M.D./Ph.D. Program

The College of Medicine and the School of Graduate Studies jointly sponsor a program leading to an excellent, combined M.D./Ph.D. degree. This program combines a medical education with an intensive research experience and is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in academic medicine. Students are supported with a stipend and a tuition scholarship throughout the duration of the program. This program, which graduated its first M.D./Ph.D. in 1967, has been highly successful.

In evaluating applicants for the program, considerable emphasis is placed on prior research experience. Applicants to this program must apply for admission separately to the College of Medicine and to the School of Graduate Studies. They are considered for the combined M.D./Ph.D. as part of the admissions process in both schools.

The AAMC Graduate Education, Research, and Training (GREAT) Group and its MD-PhD Section have developed new informational websites for students considering biomedical science careers click here to learn more.

The deadline to have a completed application on file with both colleges is December 1.

Supplemental Application

In addition to your AMCAS application and the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine's Supplemental Application, you will be required to complete the MD/PhD questions included in our Supplemental Application.

AMCAS Application Tip

If you initially applied Combined Medical Degree-PhD (MD/PhD), and now wish to apply as Regular MD only, prior to December 1, log in to your AMCAS application a Post Submission Change—change Program type via AMCAS. Conversely, if you applied Regular MD only, and now wish to apply to MD/PhD, log into your AMCAS application before December 1 and submit a Post Submission Change—change Program type via AMCAS and select Combined Medical Degree-PhD. There is no charge for changing your program type as long as you are not adding an additional school.

SUNY Downstate Policy

MD/PhD applicants who are not competitive for the MD/PhD program are automatically considered for the “Regular MD only” program.