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College of Graduate Studies | Combined Degree Programs

Combined programs leading to the degrees of M.D.-Ph.D. or D.M.D.-Ph.D. are offered. The purposes of the combined programs are to provide competency in medicine or in dental medicine plus detailed knowledge and research training in one of the related sciences without sacrificing the requirements for either degree. These programs are designed for and restricted to the student with a superior educational background who wishes to prepare simultaneously for teaching and research in a basic science field and for the practice of medicine or dentistry.

Medical Scientist Training Program
The Medical Scientist Training Program is partially supported by a National Institutes of Health training grant. The program is designed to facilitate the development of superior students into individuals who can provide the innovative leadership required by the medical sciences. The program provides the opportunity to obtain both the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. Accordingly, the program seeks to integrate the best qualities of the medical and graduate programs to allow outstanding training in both clinical and research areas.

The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) Steering Committee consists of members drawn from both basic and clinical sciences departments. The program director and committee are responsible for the operation of the program. The primary purpose of such an administrative structure is to guide the students in the program toward the highest quality of intellectual curiosity and the attendant accomplishment of academic excellence.

Admissions
Applicants to the M.D./Ph.D. Program must first complete an application via AMCAS and then complete the Medical Scientist Training Program application. You may substitute your MD/PhD essay and research experience from your AMCAS application into the essay and personal history sections of the MSTP application. You may also embellish them if you wish. Your MSTP application will serve as the secondary application for both the Doctor of Medicine program and for the MSTP program. No additional application is required to be considered for both programs. As part of the personal statement, the student should explain how this program will fit into his/her career goals.

The committee will consider the following criteria for admission to the program:

  • evidence of serious and enthusiastic commitment to the program
  • minimum GPA of 3.5
  • an overall 80th percentile on the MCAT
  • receipt of a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation into the program
  • record of advanced courses in the physical and biological sciences
  • demonstrable evidence of a commitment to research
  • outstanding recommendations from faculty at the applicant's undergraduate institution

Interviews and discussions with the members of the MSTP Recruitment Committee and graduate program directors are conducted.

Curriculum
In general, specific programs of study are designed to meet the particular needs of individual students. With the approval of the MSTP Steering Committee, any member of the faculty of the College of Graduate Studies who can provide adequate resources for a student’s program is eligible to serve as the major professor to a student in the program. The MSTP Director must approve the selection of the research advisor . The committee encourages students to enroll during the summer before the first year of medical school to begin research rotations. Exceptions to this, however, will be permitted for maximum flexibility with respect to curriculum design. Stipend support, a Dean's Scholarship to offset the tuition and paid health insurance are provided for all years the student is enrolled in the program.

Dental Scientist Training Program
The Dental Scientist Training Program is designed to facilitate the development of superior students into individuals who can provide the innovative leadership required by the dental sciences. The program allows attainment of both the D.M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. Accordingly, the program seeks to integrate the best qualities of the dental and graduate programs into a cohesive whole and to allow training in both clinical and research areas.

The Dental Scientist Training Program (DSTP) Committee consists of members drawn from both basic and clinical sciences departments. The program director and committee are responsible for the operation of the program. The primary purpose of such an administrative structure is to guide the Dental Scientist Training Program toward the highest quality of intellectual curiosity and the attendant accomplishment of academic excellence. 

Admissions
The student must first sumbit an AADSAS application (www.adea.org) followed by submission of the Dental Scientist Training Program application (http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/esl/em/admissions/ready/apply.htm). The student should write a letter directed to the DSTP Committee with a copy to the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, College of Dental Medicine, requesting admission to the combined program and describing how this program will fit into the applicant’s career goals. The committee will consider the following criteria for admission to the program: (1) evidence of a serious and enthusiastic commitment to the program, (2) exceptional GPA, Dental Aptitude Test scores, and GRE scores, (3) receipt of a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation into the program, (4) record of advanced courses in the physical and biological sciences, (5) demonstrable evidence of a commitment to research, and (6) outstanding recommendations from faculty at the applicant’s undergraduate institution. Interviews with the program director and each member of the DMST Committee are required. Other faculty suggested by the committee or the Deans will also interview the applicant.

Curriculum
In general, specific programs of study are designed to meet the particular needs of individual students. The DSTP Committee must approve the specific curriculum design proposed for each student. With the approval of the committee, any member of the faculty of the College of Graduate Studies who can provide adequate resources for a student’s program may serve as the major professor. The absolute minimum time required to complete the Dental Scientist Training Program is seven years. Stipend support and a Dean's tuition scholarship are provided for all years the student is enrolled in the program.

Last Published with Edits:December 9, 2013 3:37 PM
Last Comprehensive Review: Fall 2012



 
 
 

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