M.D./Ph.D. Program

Updated June 2022

The M.D./Ph.D. program is designed for students who are interested in a career conducting medically-related research. Students spend the first year-and-a-half of the program in medical school completing the pre-clinical curriculum. After taking USMLE Step 1, students transition to graduate school to perform their Ph.D. research. After completing their thesis, students return to medical school to perform their clinical rotations. On average, completion of the program requires eight years of study.

Particular strengths of the Georgetown M.D./Ph.D. program include cancer research (Tumor Biology Training Program) and neuroscience (Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience). The Director of the MD/PhD Program is Todd Waldman, MD, PhD, Professor of Oncology.

In the 2021 – 2022 admissions cycle, 197 applications to the M.D./Ph.D. program were received. 33 applicants were offered an interview, eight offers were made, and five students matriculated into the program. Each year 4-5 new students matriculate 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 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 1, 2022). 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 25, 2022 (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 2023.

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 in the 2022-2023 admissions cycle will receive a full tuition scholarship and stipend during the entirety of their training. During the medical school portion of their training, the stipend will be $26,352 per year. During the graduate school portion, the stipend will be $36,934 per year.


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