Updated May 2016

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 generally spent performing Ph.D. research in a laboratory on either the Georgetown or NIH campus under the auspices of one of many available Georgetown graduate programs.

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 2015/2016 admissions cycle, 208 applications to the M.D./Ph.D. program were received. 30 applicants were offered an interview, seven offers were made, and five students matriculated into the program. Five new students are recruited into the M.D./Ph.D. program each year.


Except in the case of the M.D./Ph.D. in Philosophy/Bioethics, 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. For candidates interested in completing their doctoral thesis in bioethics, a separate application to graduate school in the Department of Philosophy is required.

There are no specific GPA or MCAT score cutoffs used for admission to the M.D./Ph.D. program. Apply as an M.D./Ph.D. candidate via the AMCAS system (deadline - November 7, 2016). 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 30, 2016 (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 2017.

Applicants to the M.D./Ph.D. program will be considered for admission to the regular M.D. program if not accepted into the dual degree program.

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 graduate school stipend (currently ~$28,500/year).


Please contact the Director of the M.D./Ph.D. Program, Dr. Todd Waldman (waldmant@georgetown.edu)

Students interested in the M.D./Ph.D. joint program with Philosophy should consult the information on the Philosophy Department's website, esp. its general information on admissions to the Department's graduate programs, as well as the requirements of the joint M.D./Ph.D. program. Students may direct specific questions to the Philosophy Department's director of graduate admissions (philosophy.gradadmissions@georgetown.edu). 

The M.D./Ph.D. Program is offered in conjunction with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.