The University of Illinois at Chicago MD/PhD Training Program is supported by an NIH MSTP award, and offers exceptional students a combined training program that leads to both the MD and the PhD degrees educates for careers as physician-scientists.

MD/PhD graduates are positioned to bridge the basic and clinical sciences, and to pursue interdisciplinary approaches to important biomedical problems. The objective of the Program is to train students for careers in academic medicine and research.

The Program integrates the medical curriculum with graduate studies in the basic medical sciences. Students pursue original research projects in the laboratories of the University's graduate faculty along with medical studies in the College of Medicine. Students begin the Program without affiliation to a basic science department in order to be exposed to the widest possible opportunities for graduate study. Under the guidance of senior faculty, students are offered choices in developing their programs of study. During this time, they explore research opportunities in any academic department of the College of Medicine, including Anatomy & Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Microbiology & Immunology, Neurosciences, Pharmacology, and Physiology & Biophysics, or in the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Bioengineering, the School of Public Health, the Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, and Biopharmaceutical Sciences.

MD/PhD student can also enroll in the multidepartmental Ph.D. concentration in cardiovascular sciences to train and perform thesis work in CCVR faculty laboratories and obtain a Ph.D. conferred with the concentration. Learn more at Ph.D. Concentration in CVS.