MD/MS in Clinical & Translational Science

MD/MS in Clinical and Translational Science Dual Degree Program

The MD/MS in Clinical and Translational Science Program is designed for students who wish to pursue a medical career with a research focus. During the first two years of the dual degree program, students complete the basic science coursework for the MD degree. In addition, dual degree students take some coursework to meet the requirements for the MS degree. MS degree coursework emphasizes clinical study design, biostatistics, and research methods, and provides students with an opportunity to conduct a mentored research project. Some coursework meets the requirements for both degrees. Students engage in their research projects during the summer between the first and second years of study and subsequent research electives during the third and fourth years of medical school.

Upon entering the dual degree program, students have a designated faculty advisor who will provide guidance in the program and assist them in identifying an area of research that is of interest to them. During the first year of the program, students will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of research options and to identify a research mentor with whom they will work.

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A Message from the Director: David Brousseau, MD, MS
brousseau-smThere is a shortage of physicians with the research training required to conduct cutting-edge translational research leading to improved clinical care. Numerous studies have shown that early success in research increases the likelihood of future success, even when the initial success comes in medical school. Lack of research training is one of the major reasons cited for lack of research productivity in residency. The goal of the dual degree MD/MS (Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science) Program is to integrate the medical training required to become a physician and the research training required to conduct clinical and translational research.

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