Sanford School of Medicine Physician Scientist Program

M.D./Ph.D. Degree

Critical Discoveries

The most significant discoveries in medicine result from basic sciences professors and clinical medical doctors collaborating. This development has led to the creation of Physician Scientist doctoral degrees to blend the two disciplines.


Students entering physician-scientist programs are among the best and brightest, with high levels of motivation. They want to use their extensive training in medicine and science to play a unique role in contemporary medical research. Before these programs were developed, students who wanted a dual degree needed four years of study for the M.D. and five to seven years of study for the Ph.D. Pursuing both degrees separately also does not provide the integration of skills that only a combined M.D./Ph.D. program delivers.

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Please apply now if you are interested in beginning a fulfilling career in medicine and science,