M.D. / Ph.D. Dual Degree Program

The School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences are pleased to present our MD/PhD Dual Degree Program at UT Health SA. José Cavazos, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology, has been appointed Interim Director of the MD/PhD Program. We are seeking applicants who are committed to becoming physician-scientists and who wish to conduct rigorous, hypothesis-driven laboratory or population-based research into some of the most vexing biomedical problems we face, including: cancer, cardiovascular disease, aging, infectious diseases, obesity and diabetes, neurological/psychiatric disorders and neurodegenerative diseases, osteoporosis and other musculoskeletal disorders, diseases of the immune system, and others.

The dual degree program is a seven-year program, in which students complete two years of School of Medicine and then embark full-time on their PhD dissertation research for three years. It is anticipated that the requirements for the PhD degree, including dissertation research, will be completed during the following three years, after which students will complete the final two years of School of Medicine. Flexibility has been built into the program in several areas. For example, students will conduct laboratory rotations during their first two years of School of Medicine and it is anticipated that many of the School of Medicine basic science courses will satisfy graduate school course requirements. In addition, students will participate in a Bench-to-Bedside course throughout the program, which is designed to engage them functionally in the major premise of this dual degree program, which is to educate and provide an rich experiential learning environment for the next generation of physician-scientists . Towards the end of the graduate school years, students will take a 6-month long course to provide for a smooth transition into their clinical training years . Time is provided during the fourth year of School of Medicine should students require additional time to complete their dissertation research including defense of their dissertation.

Students will select their laboratory rotations, their graduate program affiliation and their supervising professors from an outstanding array of distinguished members of the graduate faculty derived from both the Medical and Graduate Schools with the advice and approval of the Director and the MD/PhD Program Advisory Committee.

To apply, it is required that you use the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) website. The application is available at: https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/amcas/ You should select the Combined MD/PhD program at the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio. The School of Medicine admissions committee and the MD/PhD Program Advisory Committee will interview applicants to determine their acceptance into the MD/PhD program. Acceptance to School of Medicine is a required first step, and does not imply acceptance to the MD/PhD program. Also, failure to gain acceptance into the MD/PhD program will not jeopardize a decision to accept an applicant into School of Medicine.

Tuition reimbursement will be provided for all years in the program. In addition a yearly stipend of $21,000 plus a fringe benefit will be provided from the dual degree program budget and from supervising professors’ funds.

Visit the MD/PhD Program Home Page for more information.

Have questions? Contact:

Jennifer Schmerber, M.Ed.
Program Coordinator
MD/PhD Program
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
Graduate Dean’s Office, MC7713
Office: 210-567-1945
Email: schmerber@uthscsa.edu
José E. Cavazos, M.D., Ph.D.
Interim Director, MD/PhD Degree Program
Department of Neurology
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
E-mail: cavazosj@uthscsa.edu