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M.D./Ph.D. Programs

Four basic science departments in the School of Medicine grant Ph.D. degrees with curricula approved for M.D./Ph.D. trainees: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Molecular Microbiology & Immunology; Pathology; and Pharmacological & Physiological Science. M.D./Ph.D. trainees complete 6 didactic credits plus 12 credits of dissertation research required by the Office of Graduate Education for completion of the Ph.D. Owing to unique features of the Ph.D. programs in Health Care Ethics (HCE) and Health Outcomes Research (HOR).

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Students accepted for the M.D./Ph.D. program are subject to the regulations and residency requirements of the Office of Graduate Education and the Medical School. Students are also required to meet the course requirements in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. However, courses taken in the School of Medicine are accepted toward fulfillment of course requirements for the Ph.D. degree. These include 30 credits for coursework in M.D. Phases 1 and 2 (see p. 7). After successfully completing the M.D. Phases 1 and 2 curricula and USMLE Step 1, the M.D./Ph.D. trainee begins studies toward the Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, commencing on or about May 1 of their second full year at SLU.

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Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

The Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology (MMI) offers a program in molecular microbiology and immunology leading to the Ph.D. degree. The goal of the MMI graduate program is to graduate exceptionally well-trained researchers who are prepared for a career in academic science or biotechnology. Research in the Program is diversified. Areas of research emphasis include cell and molecular biology, virology, immunology, cancer therapy and antiviral drug development. Graduate training in the Program includes advanced coursework, training in scientific writing and oral presentation skills, and performance of original biomedical research leading to the Ph.D. Dissertation.

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Pathology

The Department of Pathology Graduate Training Program is a research oriented, interdisciplinary course of studies leading to the Ph.D. The goal of the program is to develop researchers with intellectual creativity and professional competence who will contribute new knowledge in the area of Pathology. The program consists of 36 credit hours of coursework and 12 credits of dissertation research. The Department of Pathology accepts 30 credits from courses in Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the medical curriculum. The remaining 6 course credits are satisfied by participation in the required courses as described below. Other elective courses also may be recommended or required to meet the individual needs of each trainee.

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Pharmacology and Physiology

The Department of Pharmacology and Physiology (P & P) provides a Ph.D. program that trains students to become independent investigators in the interrelated disciplines of physiology and pharmacology. The department also contains the Center for Neuroscience. The overall goals of the Ph.D. program are to: instill enthusiasm for discovery and the scientific process; foster critical thinking, research competence, and oral and written communication skills; and promote a commitment to lifelong scholarship. Diverse research interests of the department faculty ensure that trainees can select projects that span physiology and pharmacology from the subcellular through integrative levels.

M.D./Ph.D. trainees join this graduate program with 30 credits transferred from the Phase 1 and 2 M.D. curricula toward the total of 36 credits and 12 dissertation credits required for the Ph.D. degree by the Office of Graduate Education. The remaining six coursework credits are satisfied through completion of two 1-credit required courses described below, and by regular participation in the Department’s scheduled journal clubs and seminar series that are also detailed below. Journal clubs cover a broad range of subjects, as do the weekly departmental seminars that feature outstanding speakers from the U.S. and abroad.

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Health Care Ethics

The Department of Health Care Ethics offers a Ph.D. program in Health Care Ethics for the M.D./Ph.D. trainee. A minimum of 48 credits is required for the Ph.D. This ordinarily includes 33 didactic credits, three credits of practica, and 12 credits of dissertation research. The Department accepts 7 credits from Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the M.D. curriculum; the required courses HCE-6110 Introduction to Medicine for Ethicists (1 credit), one Topics and Scholars elective (3 credits), and HCE 6150 Practicum (3 credits) are waived based on medical school coursework in Patient, Physician, and Society I and II, and in Fundamentals of Biomedical Science. The 0-credit Research Tools requirement to ensure knowledge of medical terminology and biostatistics is also waived for M.D./Ph.D. students based on trainee knowledge and experience. The 0- credit library database searches Research Tool requirement, the remaining 27 credits of Ph.D. coursework, comprehensive exams, the dissertation, and the public defense of the dissertation must be completed during the three years of Ph.D. study.

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Curriculum in Health Outcomes Research (SLUCOR) 

The Saint Louis University Center for Outcomes Research (SLUCOR) offers a Ph.D. program in Health Outcomes Research for the M.D./Ph.D. trainee. A minimum of 50 graduate credits is required for the Ph.D. This ordinarily includes 29 didactic credits (see below) and 12 credits of dissertation research. SLUCOR accepts 9 credits from M.D. Phases 1 and 2: Principles of Pharmacology (3); Epidemiology and Biostatistics (1); Elective in Clinical Research (1); Health Care Ethics (1); and a relevant Organ System (3). All remaining coursework, comprehensive exams, dissertation, and the public defense of the dissertation must be completed during the three years of Ph.D. study.

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