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The Tom and Anne Smith MD-PhD Program allows students to receive training in a comprehensive program to prepare dual-degree physician-scientists for a career in academic medicine. MD-PhD students pursue a seven- to eight-year course of study that combines the traditional four years of medical school with the three to four years typically required to earn a doctorate in a scientific discipline.

Physician-scientists who complete the MD-PhD program are uniquely prepared to lead independent research programs and train others in translational bench-to-bedside research. They are also able to provide exceptional patient care to assimilate the latest scientific knowledge to the practice of medicine.

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Students interested in an extended research experience during medical school or a career as a physician-scientist may work toward a combined degree through the Tom and Anne Smith MD-PhD Program. Acceptance into the combined degree program requires students to be admitted to and concurrently registered in the MU School of Medicine (SOM) and the Graduate School.

Please visit the School of Medicine website to view more information about the MD-PhD program: