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Welcome to VCU School of Medicine’s MD-PhD program website!

The mission of VCU’s MD-PhD program is to train the next generation of physician-scientists who will find new ways to improve human health. We believe that medicine advances most effectively when basic science discovery is translated into improved patient outcomes. The best translators are physician-scientists, well-versed in the language and practice of both science and clinical medicine. We also believe that the most efficient and effective pathway to train physician-scientists is to combine an MD with a PhD, keeping the unique aspects of both degrees while eliminating areas of redundancy. The goal of our combined degree program is to continuously blend medicine and science throughout the entire curriculum, making MD-PhD training greater than the sum of its parts.

I welcome you to our website. Please take some time to look around and see the many great opportunities that we have to offer.


Michael DonnenbergMichael S. Donnenberg, MD
Professor of Internal Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology 
Senior Associate Dean for Research and Research Training
Director, MD-PhD program