Students admitted to the program absent themselves from medical studies for a 12-month period beginning in June or July, during which time they are enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. In consultation with the program and their mentor, all students meet at regular intervals with a research advisory committee.
To satisfy the master’s degree requirement, the student must submit a publication-quality manuscript to the MA/MD program and present it in an oral examination before the research advisory committee at the end of the research year. Also, all students will receive training in research ethics. Students supported by the Doris Duke Foundation, Clinical Research Training Center-Predoctoral Program or the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases may have additional degree requirements specific to those research fellowships. The master’s degree will be awarded concurrently with the MD degree.