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About the Program

The VCU School of Medicine has been awarding combined MD and PhD degrees since 1975. In 1988, the school made a formal commitment to support and grow the program and, in 2006, to support all students with paid tuition, fees and stipend.

The VCU MD-PhD 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 MD-PhD program and PhD dissertation adviser. Students will receive a minimum annual stipend of $28,265 each year for all years enrolled in the program. Each student receives an additional $1,000 added to their stipend after passing their PhD candidacy exams. Each student who receives support from an NIH F30 award will have an additional $1,000 added to his or her stipend for the duration of their education.

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.

Current Institutional Description

  • 1100 faculty in the School of Medicine (at VCU and the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Hospital).
  • More than 1,000 beds in our hospitals.
  • More than $270,000,000 per year in grant-supported extramural research funding.
  • Facilities adjacent to the VCU Medical Center include: the Virginia BioTechnology Research Park, the home of our Institute for Structural Biology and Drug Discovery and the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics; less than two miles away, on the Monroe Park Campus, is the Center for the Study of Biologic Complexity, the undergraduate Departments of Chemistry, Biology and Physics and the School of Engineering with its Department of Biomedical Engineering; a 15-minute drive away, the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, one of the largest and most comprehensive VA Dean’s Hospitals in the country.
  • In federal fiscal year 2016, 148 School of Medicine faculty held 165 NIH grants.
  • Doctoral degrees in the School of Medicine are awarded in 13 different disciplines including traditional basic science departments, cross-departmental programs like the Program in Neuroscience, Clinical and Translational Research, Healthcare Policy and Research, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Our students can also earn doctoral degrees in other VCU schools, including the School of Pharmacy, the College of Humanities and Sciences, and the School of Engineering. More details about research opportunities for our MD-PhD students can be found here.