M.D./Ph.D student in the laboratory

Meld research and clinical practice

Play a unique role in contemporary medical research.

Our Program

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.

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The Classroom & Beyond

  • First Graduates

    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.

  • Physician Scientists Workforce

    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.

  • Immerse Yourself in Research

    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.