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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.


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


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.



FALL Semester

SPRING Semester


MD Curriculum (Learn More)

MD Curriculum


MD Curriculum

MD Curriculum


MD Curriculum
Clinical Rotations

MD Curriculum
Clinical Rotations


MS Curriculum
Research I
Research Seminar I

MS Curriculum
Research II
Research Seminar II


MD Curriculum
Clinical Rotations
Interviewing for Residency

MD Curriculum
Clinical Rotations
Interviewing for Residency

Meet a Student

Freddy Munoz, Drexel MD/MS Dual Degree Program Class of 2022

Meet Freddy Munoz, MD/MS Dual Degree Program Class of 2022
"The MD/MS program allowed me to expand my research experience while at the same time having the freedom to explore my desired areas of interest. Drexel particularly interested me since Philadelphia is such a medically relevant city. On top of that, the connections that Drexel provided gave me the opportunity to pursue any specialty or field of interest that I wanted." Read more.

Alyssa Calder: Drexel MD/MS Program Class of 2022

Meet Alyssa Calder, MD/MS Program Class of 2022
"Drexel was a great option for medical school for multiple reasons. I was ready to experience a new city with a diverse patient population. I would be able to rotate in different hospital and clinical settings to emphasize and strengthen my clinical experience. I also really appreciated Drexel’s emphasis on women in health care. Through Drexel, I was able to earn the title of Women’s Health Scholar, in which I learned about additional resources to support and advocate for my future patients." Read more.

News and Announcements

Platform Presentation at St. Chris Research Day
Dual Degree MD/MS program student Bhavya Kanuga was selected for a platform presentation at the 31st Annual Tower Health and St. Chris Research Day. He will be presenting his thesis research, “The Clinical Utility of the Thyroid Imaging and Reporting System (TI-RADS) in Risk Stratification of Pediatric Nodules Using Ultrasound,” during the Research Day Grand Rounds.

MD/MS Student Highlights

Crystal Joseph did her MS year during AY 2020-21 and graduated with her MD/MS in 2022. Crystal is doing her residency in anesthesiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - Harvard University.

Bhavya Kanuga did his MS year during AY 2020-21 and graduated with his MD/MS in 2022. Bhavya is doing his residency in radiology at Northwell Health - Staten Island University Hospital.

Alyssa Calder is a current MD/MS candidate, Class of 2022. Alyssa will be presenting her research at Drexel Discovery Day. The title of Alyssa’s presentation is “Novel method used for the isolation of small extracellular vesicles.” Alyssa has also presented her work at the Thomas Jefferson University Squamous Cell Carcinoma Tumor Ecology and Microenvironment Meeting in August 2021. In addition, Alyssa’s contributions to the field of otolaryngology include the following papers:

  • “Symptomatic lingual thyroglossal duct cyst in children: a laryngomalacia phenotype”
    Shumrick, C.M.; Calder, A.N.; Vecchiotti, M.A.; Scott, A.R.
    2021. Submitted.
  • “Laryngeal cleft: a literature review”
    Martha, V.V.; Vontela, S.; Calder, A.N.; Martha, R.R.; Sataloff, R.T.
    Am J Otolaryngol. 2021. 42(6):103072.

Alfredo “Freddy” Munoz is a current MD/MS candidate, Class of 2022, working at Thomas Jefferson University in the department of neurosurgery. Freddy’s recent contributions include the following publications:

  • “Developing an Integrated Tool for Identifying Certified Stroke Centers in the United States”
    Kolesnick, E., Munoz, A., D’Ambrosio, R., DePrince, M., Jabbour, P., Tjoumakaris, S., Gooch, M.R., Tzeng, D., Alam, S., Dharia, R., Miller, E., Bell, R., Rosenwasser, R.H., Herial, N.A.
    (2021, May). Pub Status: Accepted Annals of Neurology. Accepted as poster presentation at ANA conference in Philadelphia
  • “Integrated Geomapping Tool of Certified Stroke Centers in United States: A SVIN MT2020+ Committee Collaboration”
    Kolesnick, E., Munoz, A., D’Ambrosio, R., DePrince, M., Jabbour, P., Tjoumakaris, S., Gooch, M.R., Tzeng, D., Alam, S., Dharia, R., Miller, E., Bell, R., Rosenwasser, R.H., Herial, N.A.
    (2021, Aug). Pub Status: Accepted Stroke: Vascular and Interventional Neurology. Accepted as platform presentation at the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology Annual Meeting/Phoenix, Ariz., USA.
  • “Septostomy of septum pellucidum – Salvage technique for reversal of ventricular collapse during endoscopic surgical resection of third ventricular colloid cyst”
    Munoz A. BS, Xu C. MD, Leonardo J. MD
    Pub Status: Submitted for Publication The Journal of Neurosurgery


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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