M.D./Ph.D. Program

Updated June 2021

The M.D./Ph.D. program is designed for students who are interested in a career conducting medically-related research. In general, students in the program spend the first two years in medical school, with research rotations over the summer. Years 3-6 of the program are spent performing Ph.D. research in a laboratory on the Georgetown campus under the auspices of one of many available Georgetown graduate programs. The Director of the MD/PhD Program is Todd Waldman, MD, PhD, Professor of Oncology.

Particular strengths of the Georgetown M.D./Ph.D. program include cancer research (Tumor Biology Training Program) and neuroscience (Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience). After completing their thesis research and successfully defending their thesis, students return to medical school to complete the final two years of clinical rotations.

In the 2020 – 2021 admissions cycle, 213 applications to the M.D./Ph.D. program were received. 26 applicants were offered an interview, 11 offers were made, and 5 students matriculated into the program. Each year there are 4-5 new students are recruited into the M.D./Ph.D. program.


Application to the M.D./Ph.D. program requires ONLY an application to Georgetown School of Medicine; a separate application to the graduate program of interest is NOT required. Therefore, the GRE is not required.

There are no specific GPA or MCAT score cutoffs used for admission to the M.D./Ph.D. program. However, most but not all successful applicants have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and a cumulative MCAT score in the 80th percentile or higher. Apply as an M.D./Ph.D. candidate via the AMCAS system (deadline – November 3, 2021). This will require several extra essays at this initial step. When you receive the secondary application, make sure to denote that you are an M.D./Ph.D. applicant. The secondary application is due by November 26, 2021 (slightly earlier than the deadline for applications to the regular M.D. program). Admissions to the M.D./Ph.D. program are NOT done on a rolling basis; instead, all the applications are considered together after the due date and selected applicants are offered an interview. Interviews will be conducted over approximately one month in late January/early February 2022.

Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply for the M.D./Ph.D. program.

Financial Aid

Students admitted to the M.D./Ph.D. program are provided with a scholarship equivalent to 50% off tuition+fees for the medical school years of their studies. Students also receive a stipend to perform a research rotation between the first and second year of medical school. During the graduate school years (generally years 3-6), students receive complete tuition remission as well as the standard Biomedical Graduate Education stipend.


Please contact the Office of Medical School Admissions (medicaladmissions@georgetown.edu)