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Dedicated to training exceptional students from a variety of disciplines who will become the next leaders in clinical academic medicine and biomedical research, the MD/PhD Program combines the advantages of rigorous preparation in clinical medicine with interdisciplinary training in the basic research.      

The Emory MD/PhD Program is an NIH sponsored Medical Scientist Training Program.  It is designed to provide highly qualified students with the in-depth, high-caliber research training and medical education needed by academicians of the future.  Most students who pursue the MD/PhD track complete the first eighteen months of basic medical science education, followed by several years of graduate study, followed by a set of clinical requirements for the third and fourth years of medical school (see "MD Curriculum").  While in their first and second years of the medical school curriculum, MD/PhD students are also required to attend special journal clubs and graduate seminars to strengthen their understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying disease and to develop scientific reasoning and critical thinking skills.  Research rotations and graduate coursework are conducted in the 4th semester prior to formal entry into the Laney Graduate School.

The MD/PhD program seeks to integrate and streamline training as much as possible.  Students are provided with multiple formal and informal opportunities for faculty and peer mentoring.  The annual student retreat incorporates sessions devoted to student transitions and future career development.

Interdisciplinary graduate study in the biomedical sciences is largely performed in the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.  This division of the Laney Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers interdisciplinary training in the following life science areas:

  • Biochemistry, Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Genetics & Molecular Biology
  • Immunology & Molecular Pathogenesis
  • Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
  • Molecular & Systems Pharmacology
  • Neuroscience
  • Population Biology, Ecology & Evolution

Additionally, students may also choose to perform their research and studies in one of the many other graduate training programs, offered in in partnership with the Laney Graduate School of Arts and Science, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Rollins School of Public Health.  Such as, but not limited to:

  • Anthropology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • History
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Public Health programs (Behavioral Sciences & Health Education, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, Health Policy & Management)
  • Religion
  • Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies
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