MD PhD Guide: Appendix

Appendix A

AAMC: Association of American Medical Colleges
AMCAS: American Medical College Application Service
GPA: Grade Point Average
GRE: Graduate Record Exam
HMO: Health Maintenance Organization
MCAT: Medical College Admissions Test
M.D.: Doctor of Medicine
MSTP: Medical Scientist Training Program
NIGMS: National Institute of General Medical Sciences
NIH: National Institutes of Health
PCR: Polymerase Chain Reaction
Ph.D.: Doctor of Philosophy
P.I.: Principal Investigator


Appendix B

Course of Study: Streamlining the Program

Years 1-2: Basic Medical Sciences
·        Summer lab rotations before and after Year 1
·        Graduate course requirements during the Years 1-2
·        USMLE Step I

Years 3-5 (or more): Graduate School and Thesis Research
·        1-2 Clinical clerkships
·        Remaining graduate courses, seminars, journal clubs
·        Qualifying exam
·        Full-time thesis research
·        Longitudinal clinical experience

Years 6-7: Clinical Clerkships
·        Remaining core clerkships
·        Subinternships
·        USMLE Step II
·        Residency applications

Appendix C

Useful Web Sites:

M.D./Ph.D. Information

U.S. Medical School M.D. – Ph.D. Programs

Medical Scientist Training Program Institutions (NIGMS)

AAMC: Careers in Medical Research

M.D./Ph.D. Directors Association

The Careers and Professional Activities of Graduates of the NIGMS Medical Scientist Training Program

UCSF Medical Scientist Training Program

Literature Searches


National Center for Biotechnology Information



General Medical School Forums

StudentDoctor Network (SDN)

The Princeton Review

Advice Guide

“I WANNA BE LIKE MIKE” Premed Coaching –

Michael Greger’s Advice Guide to Med School Applicants