Through the program's excellent coordination and integration, you'll acquire complementary clinical and research skills in just seven to eight years rather than nine or more years required for separate programs.
You begin your training in mid June with a month-long laboratory rotation. An off-campus retreat for M.D.-Ph.D. students and faculty is held in late June. The retreat includes a talk by a Mayo Clinic M.D.-Ph.D. Program alumnus, student oral and poster presentations, program discussion and social time. After the retreat, M.D.-Ph.D. students begin Mayo Medical School first-year courses with one exception. M.D.-Ph.D. students take graduate-level genome biology for the medical school's equivalent course.
During the first and second years, you will meet research faculty informally over lunch to learn about their research. These lunches increase your awareness of the most current research in a wide array of topics, introduce you to many top scientists, and help you choose laboratory rotations. Throughout the program you will attend the weekly M.D.-Ph.D. lunchtime conferences.
Second year begins with a summer laboratory rotation and continues with the regular medical school coursework. In contrast to most other M.D.-Ph.D. programs, Mayo M.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. students participate in half-time clinical clerkships in Year 2. These clerkships help students see the connection between scientific information, clinical application and the impacts of new discoveries.
After completing the United States Medical Licensure Examination (USMLE) Step I exam, you begin your third laboratory rotation and switch to full-time graduate studies. You will choose your thesis laboratory and area of specialization by the fall of Year 3. Most students complete their graduate school courses by the end of this year or early in Year 4.
Your thesis is the primary focus of the remaining graduate school time. You will work closely with your mentor, but will also have collaborative interactions with other research faculty and their laboratories.
Conclusion of Clinical Training
You will re-enter the medical school in the summer/fall after three or four years fulfilling Ph.D. requirements. Approximately 18 months of advanced and elective clinical clerkships are required.