M.D./Ph.D Program

Entry through the School of Medicine M.D./Ph.D. Program
An M.D./Ph.D. training program has been established to recruit applicants to the Saint Louis University School of Medicine who have exceptional scholastic records and prior training in research. Application is competitive and a limited number of positions are available. The program offers financial support in the form of full tuition remission for both Medical School and Graduate School tuition. Trainees typically complete the first two years of medical school before undertaking the Ph.D. portion of their training. After completion of the Ph.D. dissertation, trainees return to complete the final years of medical school.
Entry after Completion of the Second Year of Medical School
A second point of entry to the M.D./Ph.D. program follows the second year of the traditional medical school curriculum. A small number of medical students, who have solid scholastic records, an interest in research, and research experience, are accepted directly as Ph.D. candidates by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Students entering the program after their second year of medical school are qualified to apply for a Katzman Fellowship award. The Philip and Lillian Katzman Scholarship Fund was established by the family of Dr. Philip Katzman, a former faculty member in the department, to encourage research training of medical students. The fellowship provides tuition remission for medical students during their graduate training and during their final years of medical school.

Course of Study and Completion of the Ph.D.
Students accepted for the combined program entering at either level are subject to the regulations and residency requirements of the Graduate School and Medical School. Students are also required to meet the course requirements in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department.

However, courses taken in the School of Medicine can be accepted toward fulfillment of course requirements for the graduate degree, subject to approval by the program. The combined M.D./Ph.D. degree program is expected to take seven years, on the average, from the time of admission to Medical School.

Scholarship and Support
M.D./Ph.D. students interested in training in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for their Ph.D. degree may apply for the Abdul Waheed Scholarship in Biochemistry during their graduate training provided their mentor is a faculty in biochemistry. The scholarship provides support for one M.D./Ph.D. student per year, and covers one year of stipend, insurance, and tuition.
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology