Combined Degree Program, M.D./Ph.D.

The combined M.D./Ph.D. program is an option for a limited number of students with superior academic records and strong research potential. In the course of the program, a student will pursue the medical school curriculum for first two years, spend three to four years in the Ph.D. program, and finally spend two years completing the medical curriculum.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Prospective students must begin their application by applying to the School of Medicine through American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and indicating they wish to apply to the MD/PhD program.  Once that primary application is completed students must then complete a Secondary Application to apply to the Ph.D. program in one of the basic science departments in the School of Graduate Studies. After being accepted into both programs, applicants must apply to the M.D./ Ph.D program and be accepted through the M.D./Ph.D. Committee.  

Applicants to the M.D./Ph.D. program must meet both the School of Medicine and School of Graduate Studies admission requirements, including the School of Medicine requirement to be  a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

ADMISSION CRITERIA: Minimal criteria for consideration of admission are: MCAT scores of 504; GPA 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) and GRE combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 300. The GRE is required.

Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 throughout the program. After the first two years of medical school, students must pass Step I of the USMLE before starting the Ph.D. program. When all the requirements for the Ph.D. program have been met, the student may begin the third year of medical school.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Students are eligible for tuition waivers throughout the Graduate School years and the in-state portion of tuition for the Medical School years. Stipends are available for the Graduate School years.

If a student withdraws from either the M.D. or Ph.D. portion of the program the student is required to reimburse all tuition and fees paid or waived.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
F. Scott Kennedy, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Student Admissions- School of Medicine
318.675.5190
shvadm@lsuhsc.edu

Sandra Roerig, Ph.D.
Dean- School of Graduate Studies
318.675.7618
shvgraduatestudies@lsuhsc.edu

1501 Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA 71103