MD/PhD Program

For more than a decade, the UK College of Medicine MD/PhD Program has trained men and women for careers as independent physician scientists and leaders in academic medicine, industry, and government. Our students are distinguished by talent, creativity, and commitment to becoming the very best physician-scientists. For this reason, our students hail from across the United States and around the world, presenting us with a mosaic of intellectual and social diversity. The MD/PhD combined degree program trains students to break new ground in medical knowledge and serves as a gateway to a career in biomedical research.

Applicants should indicate interest in the dual degree program via the AMCAS application by designating an application type of MD/PhD or via discussion with admissions during the interview process. 

Our program integrates the medical and graduate curricula. Students typically complete the first two years of medical school and then begin their graduate studies. Once they have earned their doctorate, students complete their final two years of the medical school curriculum. Most students complete the combined degree in seven years.

As one of only a handful of universities to have six health care colleges on the same campus, we offer a wide range of graduate training opportunities. What makes UK unique is the transdisciplinary research and the collaboration between investigators from different academic disciplines in our research centers. Students in the program benefit from participation in NIH-funded research programs that serve as a pipeline to a career in biomedical science. These include training in disease-specific areas such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, neuroscience, and drug use and addiction. Mechanistic training programs focus on oxidative stress, pharmacology, nutritional science, biochemistry, nanotechnology, risk behaviors, and other areas. 

For additional information regarding the MD/MPH program, please contact Therese Stearns, Administrative Director at 859-323-2274. More information can also be found on the MD/PhD website