The OHSU MD/PhD program considers applicants nationally without geographical preference. Oregon residents and non-Oregon residents are considered equally.
The OHSU MD/PhD program will be accepting 5-7 students per cohort starting with the 2019 cohort.
Please contact the MD/PhD program with any questions about your application or the next application cycle.
2019 Information Sessions
Monthly information sessions are held on Wednesdays at 11am for those interested in learning more about the OHSU MD/PhD program. These sessions are small group meetings with the Program Director designed to answer a wide range of questions about the program, career paths, admissions, and more. Prospective applicants are also invited to attend the student led MD/PhD journal club on Wednesdays directly after the information session.
Learn more about Journal Club
At this time we are not offering live-streamed information sessions. Please contact us to set up a one-on-one meeting or to do a phone call with the program coordinator.
Scheduled information sessions break for the admissions interview season and resume again in March annually. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions instead.
Stage 1: Right Fit
Prospective applicants should review graduate programs available to MD/PhD students, our curriculum, and the OHSU MD program to see if we are the right fit for you. Please note that with a few exceptions the MD/PhD program is bound by the MD admissions requirements.
Exceptions include: the MD/PhD program can only accept US citizens and permanent residents. We also do not give preference to Oregon residents, however that is one of the selection factors that the "MD only" program takes into consideration if you are not considered by our program.
Please review the MD Requirements for Admission page for more information. We invite prospective applicants to attend information sessions or reach out to us in any other way. We are happy to answer any questions that you might have!
Stage 2: Apply
Applicants will need to complete an application through the OHSU MD admission process. An AMCAS and secondary OHSU application must be completed and received to be reviewed. Information on specific requirements for the MD/PhD program can be found through their combined degree page. Applicants will need to select the MD/PhD program to be considered for screening.
All completed MD/PhD applications will be screened for an interview by the MD/PhD program. We recommend getting applications in early. If we decide not to interview a candidate, the application is screened as normal by the MD program, and all MD priorities and requirements apply.
Stage 3: Interview
Interviews are a day and a half long with an optional half day at the beginning of the week. These days consist of a campus tour, MD interview, multiple mini interview (MMI), 3 MD/PhD interviews, 1-2 faculty researcher interviews, plus various interview activities to interact with current students and program leadership. At least 4 interview weeks will be scheduled from September to January with approximately 10 MD/PhD candidates invited to interview for the week. The faculty research interviewer is selected based on the MD/PhD secondary application and faculty availability. You must disclose if you have an association or an affiliation with or have worked directly with any of the faculty you have listed.
Please contact us at any time to express continued interest in our program or to update us on any new developments.
Stage 4: Acceptance
Offers will be made to our top 5-7 candidates by early March. Depending on the outcomes of those offers, we will make additional offers.
Most acceptance offers will not be made until our interview process ends. Occasionally a few candidates will be offered admission before the last interview day. Some candidates may receive an MD offer before the MD/PhD program can make final decisions. MD interviews continue for several weeks to months after the MD/PhD program has finished interviewing.
The MD/PhD program will have a second look day for offered applicants. The MD program also hosts 1-2 second look days geared towards the MD program only. However, please let us know if you plan on attending one of those.
Stage 5: Matriculation
Accepted students start Summer B term in August with the MD program and will complete matriculation requirements through the MD Admissions office. Some students may also be able to start in July with an optional one month lab rotation. Badging requirements and a rotation approval form will need to be completed prior to the start of your rotation. An MD/PhD program BBQ will be held the Sunday before MD Orientation and all incoming students are expected to attend.
Transfer admission options
Current OHSU students can apply to transfer into the MD/PhD program.
Our program does not guarantee a slot for a transfer student.
Current OHSU MD students are eligible to apply for transfer in the first year of medical school. Applications are accepted in fall term annually through an abbreviated application and interview process. At least one letter of recommendation that can speak to your abilities as a physician-scientist is paramount.
Information on how to apply and deadlines will be sent out to current 1st year MD students in late summer/early fall term. If invited for an interview you will be required to interview with 3 MD/PhD Committee interviewers and 1-2 faculty researchers. We will do our best to work around your current academic schedule for these interviews.
Current OHSU PhD students may apply to the MD/PhD program in their first two years of graduate school. They will need to complete the full MD/PhD application starting with a primary application through AMCAS. They will also need to apply for a waiver from the School of Medicine Graduate Studies Office to change programs. Please see the above steps for more information on how to apply.
Please note: If you have already or are planning to take your qualifying exams soon, we cannot accept you as a transfer student.
What we look for
The OHSU MD/PhD program looks for the following qualities in applicants:
Research passion and skills, including:
- Publications (grants, abstracts, posters) that show you have produced something from your own research
- Letters of recommendation from mentors that reference your skills in lab and scientific thought-process
- Independent research projects that showcase advanced responsibilities beyond research technician
- Understanding all aspects of your research and how it fits into the big picture
- The quality of your research highlighted by the output of research, ownership of project, or independent contributions
- Most of our successful applicants complete research in their undergraduate program with 1-2 years of lab work afterward.
Drive for clinical care, including:
- Clinical experiences that are sustained and meaningful
- Hospital experiences in clinics, hospitals, or shelters
- Strong personal patient interactions with diverse populations
Academic successes, including:
- Traditional successes such as good GPA, excellent writing, other academic awards, and proficient MCAT scores
- Particular success in core scientific coursework, including retaking core science courses if done poorly
Short essays in the secondary application are reviewed carefully for:
- Character - writing demonstrates professionalism, integrity, diversity, resiliency, maturity, leadership, and spark
- Program fit - explain why OHSU would be the best fit for you
- Community involvement - participation in a range of groups at various levels as leader and team member