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About the program

The M.D.-Ph.D. program at Virginia Commonwealth University provides a unique opportunity to prepare physician-scientists for careers that encompass aspects of both clinical care and basic sciences. Graduates go on to become clinician scientists who advance the medical field through active patient care and innovative research in the basic sciences.

The VCU M.D.-Ph.D. program is a medium-sized program, admitting six to eight people on average each year.

Full medical school and graduate school tuition is provided by the VCU M.D.-Ph.D. program and Ph.D. thesis adviser. Students will receive a $28,265 annual stipend each year for all years enrolled in the program. Students will receive an additional $1,000 added to their stipend after passing the Ph.D. candidacy exams. Each student who receives support from extramural funding, will have an additional $1,000 added to his or her stipend.

The VCU MD-PhD Program encourages students with disabilities, underrepresented minorities and students who are disadvantaged to apply. We are committed to student diversity and make every effort to attract and recruit applicants of all kinds with diverse backgrounds.