Highly qualified individuals who are interested in academic medicine and careers as clinical investigators may wish to pursue both the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. The University of South Alabama College of Medicine does not have a formal medical scientist training program. Students must apply and be accepted to each program individually in order to pursue a combined degree tract. Achievement of minimal acceptance standards will not guarantee acceptance into a combined degree tract.

Students complete the first two pre-clinical years of medical training and Step 1 of the USMLE. Research training and advanced graduate program coursework is completed during years 3-5. Upon defense of the Ph.D. dissertation, students enter clinical clerkships to complete M.D. training. Support during the Ph.D. portion of the training program is guaranteed, including stipend, tuition waiver and personal health insurance.

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