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Thank you for your interest in the M.D./Ph.D. Program at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

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The program is open to all interested applicants to the School of Medicine. Candidates are selected based on their undergraduate credentials and a demonstrated ability to participate in publishable, bench-level research. On-site interviews are conducted with the Dean of Admissions of the Medical School and the M.D./Ph.D. Admissions Committee, which attends and evaluates a brief research seminar given by each applicant. Successful applicants receive full tuition support and competitive stipends throughout their M.D. and Ph.D. training, contingent upon continued academic excellence and acceptable progress toward their research objectives.

This year 2020 interviews will be held January 4-6, 2020, January 11-13, 2020 and January 25-27, 2020.

Prior to the Monday interview and "chalk talk", prospective students will arrive in St. Louis on the preceding Saturday to meeting with current students and program director. During this time you will become acquainted with St. Louis, Saint Louis University and our M.D./Ph.D. Program.

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Application Process and  Selection Criteria

All completed AMCAS applications received by December 15th are evaluated by the M.D./Ph.D. Program Admissions Committee for the quality and breadth of students’ undergraduate training, including their science/math GPA and MCAT scores. All applicants must have completed at least one year of bench-level research, during which they should have demonstrated their intellectual involvement by writing honors theses, abstracts for scientific meetings, and/or peer-reviewed publications. Three letters of recommendation are solicited from individuals identified by the applicants. These individuals are asked to provide a candid assessment of an applicant’s research aptitude, integrity, interpersonal skills, and commitment to completing dual-degree training.

The Admissions Committee invites selected applicants to SLU School of Medicine for on-site interviews at institutional expense, usually in groups of 4 – 6 students whose visits are scheduled January through February. These 3-day visits are designed to acquaint applicants with the intellectual and physical environment of the University, particularly the available research opportunities and potential mentors in their areas of interest. Applicants meet privately with current trainees and with at least three potential mentors of their choice, as well as with the Associate Dean of Admissions for their M.D. interview if not completed previously. In addition, applicants are required to make a brief presentation of their previous research experience(s) to the members of the Program Admissions Committee. These informal presentations may last up to 25 min, including time allowed for questions by the faculty, and must be made without audiovisual support except for the dry-erase board provided.

Interviewees are ranked by the Admissions Committee for their perceived competence and likelihood of individual success in the University’s training environment. Successful applicants are admitted with offers of full tuition remission plus annual stipends for the duration of their M.D./Ph.D. training, the continuation of which are contingent upon academic performance and progress toward Ph.D. research objectives. The Admissions Committee may also invite applicants to join the M.D./Ph.D. Program as non-funded trainees. Such non-funded trainees receive the same support provided to funded trainees in the M.D./Ph.D. Program. The University holds M.D. tuition costs for non-funded M.D./Ph.D. students to the level paid by their entering medical school class, to reduce the impact of inflation on completing M.D. training after finishing their Ph.D. degree. Members of the Year 1 and Year 2 M.D. classes who are in good academic standing and who meet the other requirements identified above may apply to the M.D./Ph.D. Program. Such applicants are rapidly screened and may be considered for acceptance at any time during the year.

Timeline

Year Timeline
Year 1 Summer Research Rotation (prior to start of medical school)
MS1 First Year Curriculum
Year 2 Summer Research Rotation
MS2 Second Year Curriculum USMLE Step 1 Exam
Year 3 M.D.-Ph.D. Graduate Studies First Year
Year 4 M.D.-Ph.D. Graduate Studies Second Year
Year 5 M.D.-Ph.D. Graduate Studies Third Year
Year 6 M.D.-Ph.D. Graduate Studies Fourth Year
Year 7 MS3 Third Year Required Clerkships
USMLE Step 2 Exam
Year 8 MS4 Required Clerkships, Optional Electives and Residency Interviews

 

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