DO-PhD Physician Scientist Training Program
The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) offers a combined degree program leading to the DO and PhD degrees for highly motivated students who have achieved excellence in research and academics.
Since it began in 1979, the DO-PhD Physician Scientist Training Program has offered education and training to prepare individuals for careers in biomedical research and academic medicine, enabling them to become physician scientists.
Most graduates find careers in medical colleges, universities or major medical research centers. These physician-scientists bridge the gap between basic science and clinical practice. Prospective DO-PhD candidates are sought nationally. Special effort is directed in recruiting women and minorities. Qualified students interested in a career as a physician scientist contact the program office as early as possible.
- The physician-scientist population in the US is smaller and older than it was 25 years ago
- There is a current critical shortage of physician-scientists
- The physician-scientist is a vital member of the medical research community
- The physician-scientist can collaborate with both PhD scientists and health care providers
- Scientific questions the physician-scientist asks reflect their experiences with the care of patients.
- Reward of translating scientific research into patient therapy
- Finding an answer to a medical puzzle
- Being on the cutting edge of science in finding new therapies and/or cures for diseases
- Receiving stipends and significant tuition reductions
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is available in exchange for a two-year commitment to a clinical research career.
- NIH will repay up to $35,000 per year of educational debt for up to two years.
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