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Dual Degree Program MD/MS

Since clinical medicine and biomedical research have a unique synergy, Drexel University College of Medicine offers a Doctor of Medicine (MD) – Master of Science (MS) dual degree program for students who wish to connect research and clinical care. Established in Fall 2017, the program prepares graduates for distinguished careers in clinical practice, teaching, research and public service.

WHY MD – MS?

This program prepares our students to enter competitive graduate fields and promotes enthusiasm for life-long learning. Physician-scientists are uniquely poised to:

  • Recognize, understand, apply and expand clinical applications of basic research
  • Identify novel or emerging areas of scientific inquiry that are needed to support clinical efforts

ADMISSION

College of Medicine students in good academic standing can enter the program after the 3rd or 4th year of medical school and following completion of their STEP II exam. Students generally complete both degrees in 5 years, with one year exclusively devoted to an intensive research project of their choosing.

Credit is awarded for College of Medicine coursework and tuition support is available for the MS component of the dual degree.

TYPICAL PLAN OF STUDY

YEAR

FALL Semester

SPRING Semester

1

MD Curriculum

MD Curriculum

2

MD Curriculum

MD Curriculum

3

MD Curriculum
Clinical Rotations

MD Curriculum
Clinical Rotations

4

MS Curriculum
Research I
Research Seminar I

MS Curriculum
Research II
Research Seminar II

5

MD Curriculum
Clinical Rotations
Interviewing for Residency

MD Curriculum
Clinical Rotations
Interviewing for Residency

RECENT MD – MS PROJECTS

The Effects of GABA Agonists on Traumatic Brain Injury-induced Social Behavior Deficits in Adolescent Rats
Student: Gal Daskal, candidate MS, MD
Mentor: Ramesh Raghupathi, PhD
Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
Drexel University School of Medicine

Effects of Isometric Handgrip Training on Peripheral and Central Blood Pressures and Aortic Pulse Wave Characteristics in African Americans
Student: Alyssa Lage, candidate MS, MD
Mentor: David J. Moore, PhD
Department of Physiology
Penn State University

Identification of Bioactivity and Bioactive Compounds in Monotropa uniflora
Student: Bryan Tri Pham, candidate MS, MD
Mentors: Chava Hurley, PhD and Tina Ross, PhD
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies
Drexel University College of Medicine

The Use of a Novel pH-sensitive Fluorescent Probe for Intra-operative Tumor Detection
Student: Malia Voytik, candidate MS, MD
Mentor: Ari Brooks, MD
Department of Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

The relationship between Voice Handicap Index and Laryngeal EMG findings in patients with vocal fold paresis and paralysis
Student: Srihari Daggumati
Mentor: Robert Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS
Chairman Otolaryngology – Head and neck Surgery
Drexel University College of Medicine

Data-driven shape analysis for quantitative severity stratification in patients with metopic craniosynostosis
Student: Ali Ayyash
Mentor: Jesse Goldstein, MD
Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery
University of Pittsburgh

 
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