MD/PhD Program

MD/PhD candidates will take their MD training at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the PhD training at Rutgers University or Princeton University. Typically students do laboratory rotations during the summers prior to starting and between the first and second year of medical school. Students identify a faculty mentor and begin research and graduate coursework full time after the second year of medical school. Students who choose a faculty mentor in the Pharmacology graduate program follow a modified list of course requirements that includes:

  • One of the four core courses of the Molecular Biosciences first year series.
  • One additional three-credit course. 
  • Two two-credit Pharmacology seminar courses.
  • One credit ethics course.
  • MD/PhD students do NOT need to take the Principles of Drug Action and Targeting course.

Course selection will be guided by the faculty mentor and the graduate program director. Medical school course credits (up to 24) can be transferred to satisfy the 32 course credit requirement for the PhD. The remaining medical training resumes after a Ph.D. degree has been awarded. For more details, click here MD/PhD website.

The written qualifying exam taken by typical PhD students is waived when MD/PhD students pass Step 1 of the USMLE. The oral qualifying exam of the Cell and Molecular Pharmacology graduate program is taken within the first year of graduate studies.

For more details, click here MD/PhD website.


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