M.D./Ph.D. Students

M.D./Ph.D. students begin the combined program by completing the first two years of Dartmouth Medical School. The students will also complete two summer research rotations, the first taking place in the summer between DMS years one and two, and the second in the summer following DMS year two. M.D./Ph.D. students typically choose a thesis lab from these two rotation experiences. If necessary, a third rotation can be arranged, to take place in the autumn immediately following the second rotation. Upon choosing an MCB research lab for their thesis work, the M.D./Ph.D. student becomes a member of the graduate program.

There are eight program requirements for M.D./Ph.D. students to fulfill for a Ph.D.:

  1. two research rotations (completed before enrolling in the MCB Program)
  2. two graduate course electives selected from the MCB approved course list
  3. completion of an approved ethics course (does not count as elective)
  4. a qualifying exam
  5. enrollment in journal club each term (Fall, Winter, Spring)
  6. annual Research in Progress (RIP) presentation
  7. attendance at program functions (RIP seminars, program seminars, symposia)
  8. a thesis and thesis seminar following by a thesis defense
  9. submission of the final thesis to the Graduate Studies Office

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