OHSU's MD/PhD Program is designed for students with interests in both biomedical research and clinical medicine. Our goal is to provide an environment in which students obtain the breadth and depth of training needed to excel as both physicians and scientists. Upon completion of the program students will receive both the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees.
Funding and support
The MD/PhD Program at OHSU is funded from the School of Medicine, endowed scholarship funds, and training grants. Students receive full tuition, a monthly stipend, and health insurance coverage.
Other OHSU support includes access to the Student Health Center, March Wellness & Fitness Center, the Student Center, student interest groups, and more. Learn more by reviewing our Resources and Forms page. Students in the PhD years are also part of the Graduate Researchers United (GRU) student union.
OHSU is renowned for its clinical training within the School of Medicine. The medical school curriculum focuses on integration of basic and clinical sciences in the pre-clinical years, emphasizes self-directed learning and patient contact early in the pre-clinical years, and includes transition courses into the PhD and the MD clinical years. The MD/PhD program has unique program requirements that support the best development of physician-scientist trainees. Starting academic year 2021-2022, an international Clinical & Translational Research Experience will be available for 1-2 students to go to Bangkok, Thailand and other international research experiences will be available in partnership with the OHSU Global SE Asia and Oceania program. We also boast fantastic program leadership, excellent labs to join, and invite you to learn more about our leaders and faculty mentors.
OHSU MD/PhD students receive complimentary membership to the American Physician Scientists Association (APSA). Participation in APSA allows our students to connect nationally and interact with other physician-scientist trainees across the country. Through generous funding from the Robert & June Koler MD/PhD Scholarship fund and our T32 grant we are able to send several students to the annual APSA meeting to present and participate.
2023-24 OHSU APSA representative: Elias Wisdom
Our MD/PhD students become valued members of the MD/PhD alumni upon successful completion of the program. OHSU MD/PhD alumni can remain connected through the alumni listserv. We take deep pride in our MD/PhD graduates. Whether you choose to remain in the beautiful Pacific Northwest or take your prodigious skills to anywhere else in the world (because you can), we hope you will always consider OHSU to be your home.
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