Current Status: Interviews complete; declined applications sent to the MD program for screening to interview for their program

Second Look, by invitation only: February 25-26, 2020

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 8 students in the 2020 cohort.
Please contact the MD/PhD program with any questions about your application or the next application cycle.
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Information sessions

2020 Information Session Dates

  • March 18
  • April 22
  • May 20
  • June 17
  • July 15
  • August 19
  • September 16

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. All information sessions can now be live-streamed. If attending in person, 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

If you are visiting the OHSU campus on a non-information session day, we'd be happy to meet with you one on one to discuss the program and answer any questions.
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Scheduled information sessions break for the admissions interview season and resume again in March annually. During this time, please email with specific questions instead. 

Application process

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 program takes into consideration if you are not considered by our program. 

Please review the MD Admissions page for more information on requirements. 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! 

Available MD/PhD graduate programs
MD/PhD Curriculum
MD Program
MD Admissions

Stage 2: Apply

Applicants will need to complete an application through the OHSU MD admission process. An AMCAS application, secondary OHSU application, and all letters of recommendation must be completed and received for your application to be reviewed. Applicants will need to select the MD/PhD program in AMCAS 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 apply.

Please review the Dual Degree section under the MD Admissions page for information specific to MD/PhD applicants. Note that two additional letters of recommendation are required for consideration into the OHSU MD/PhD program that can speak to your ability to be a researcher, doctoral-level graduate student, and physician-scientist trainee. A total of five letters of recommendation are required for OHSU MD/PhD applicants.

MD Admissions

Stage 3: Interview

Interview days are two full days over a Tuesday and Wednesday. These days consist of a campus tour, MD interview, multiple mini interview (MMI), 3 MD/PhD interviews, 1-2 faculty research interviews, plus various interview activities to interact with current students and program leadership. If invited for an interview, more information and a complete schedule will be sent to you prior to your interview. Four interview weeks will be scheduled from September to February with approximately 12 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 7 candidates by early February. Depending on the outcomes of those offers, we will make additional offers.

Offers will be made on a rolling basis based on when our interviewed applicants get through the MD/PhD and MD review and ranking process. Typically this means that most of our offers will not be made until after all of our interviews have concluded, but not always. 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.

Second Look: The MD/PhD program will have a second look day for offered applicants in late February. This will include a dinner at the Program Director's house, meeting with research faculty and lab tours, and attending journal club with current students.

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. Schedules permitting, incoming students also meet one on one with the Program Director prior to starting with the MD program.

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.

MD Students 

Current OHSU MD students are eligible to apply for transfer in the first year of medical school. Applications are accepted in early 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. 

PhD Students

Current OHSU PhD students may apply to the MD/PhD program in their first year 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.

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What we look for in an applicant

Application to the OHSU MD/PhD program will be reviewed holistically. However, we do look for the following qualities in applicants: 

Research passion and skills, including:

  • Publications (grants, abstracts, posters) and/or presentations that show research productivity and quality
  • 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 in traditional and non-traditional clinical settings
  • 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
  • Please note: We do not overly weight GPA or MCAT scores, however they are still an important part of the screening and admissions process. Please review the "Academic and selection factors" tab under the MD Admissions page for estimated averages for the entering MD class.

MD Admissions

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