MD-PhD Dual Degree Training

MD-PhD programs provide training in both medicine and research. They are specifically designed for those who want to become research physicians.

The AAMC MD/PhD section is committed to recruiting and training a diverse Physician-Scientist workforce and an inclusive learning and working environment.


Graduates of MD-PhD programs often go on to become faculty members at medical schools, universities and research institutes. Regardless of where they eventually work, MD-PhD candidates are being prepared for careers in which they will spend most of their time doing research, in addition to caring for patients. The MD-PhD dual career is busy, challenging, rewarding, and offers opportunities to do good for many people by advancing knowledge, developing new treatments for diseases, and pushing back the boundaries of the unknown.

As you explore the MD-PhD career option, this site enables you to ask good questions and to make informed decisions. You should also contact individual MD-PhD programs for answers to specific questions.

MD/PhD Interview Guide Sample Interview Questions

Information and tips on applying and interviewing for MD/PhD programs.

Application and Interview tips for MD-PhD Programs

Tips from the Communications Committee of the MD-PhD Section of the Group of Research, Education, and Training (GREAT) AAMC.

Tips for Virtual Interviews for MD/PhD Applicants

Tips on best practices for virtual interviews as a MD/PhD applicant.

Why Pursue an MD-PhD?

Just some of the reasons why people choose a career as a physician-scientist.

Infographic: Applying for MD-PhD Training

The MD-PhD joint degree offers a straightforward route to becoming a physician-scientist. MD-PhDs are well-situated to bridge the clinical and research environments.

Career Paths for MD-PhD Graduates

Information about the career path of a physician-scientist, including training, residency or fellowship, research residency programs, and time commitment.
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Education and Training in MD-PhD Programs

Information about training for physician-scientists.

Financial Support for MD-PhD Trainees

Most MD-PhD programs support trainees with a stipend and tuition scholarship during medical school and graduate school training.

FAQ About MD-PhD Programs and Careers

Frequently asked questions about MD-PhD Programs and Careers
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Tools for MD-PhD Applicants

Helpful tools and information regarding medical MD-PhD programs.

Webinar: Applying to MD-PhD Programs during COVID-19

Information about applying to MD-PhD programs, emphasizing the application process during COVID-19.

MD-PhD: Is it Right for me?

Information about MD-PhD programs, emphasizing the career and application process.

MD/PhD: Is it for You?

Learn about MD-PhD Programs from program leaders.

Prospective MD-PhD Applicants

Upcoming short presentations will describe features of MD-PhD training, alumni careers, and detailed logistics of the application process.

Emily Hayward

Emily battled viral encephalitis for years during college, and now as a MD/PhD student, she reminds premeds that it's okay to ask for help.

Cesar Eber Montelongo Hernandez

Cesar couldn't apply to medical school when he first graduated from college due to his undocumented status. Now he's in a MD-PhD program and hopes to practice in the Southwest where there's a high need for Spanish-speaking physicians.

Kofi Mensah

Kofi's work with children with terminal illnesses led him to pursue an MD and a PhD

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