Play a unique role in contemporary medical research.
The most significant discoveries in medicine result from basic sciences professors and clinical medical doctors collaborating. Our combined M.D./Ph.D. program blends the two disciplines and provides a unique integration of skills.
The inaugural group of physician scientists at USD graduated in 2014 is now completing residencies. Daniel K. Chan is specializing in OB/GYN and Allison Watson is specializing in Internal Medicine.
There is a growing need for physicians trained in clinical care who are engaged in independent biomedical research according to a National Institutes of Health report. Physician scientists are a smaller part of the physician workforce compared to a decade ago.
You'll work with internationally recognized mentors and can perform research in many areas including biochemistry, molecular biology, cellular biology, anatomy, pharmacology, physiology, microbiology, immunology and neuroscience.