http://mdphd.med.miami.edu/

Overview

The Miller School of Medicine MD / PhD Program provides a unique training environment for exceptionally qualified individuals who want to pursue careers in academic medicine and research. The curriculum comprises the school’s outstanding preclinical and clinical training, rigorous PhD graduate training and several elements, including professional development workshops and other activities, specifically designed to enhance the MD / PhD training experience. There has been a long tradition of research excellence and physician scientist training at the Miller School of Medicine. With the opportunities for basic and clinical research here, Miami’s diverse population and access to Latin America and the Caribbean, the backdrop of a vibrant city, make the Miller School a unique place for MD / PhD training.

PhD Programs

The following doctoral programs, described elsewhere in this bulletin, participate in the MD / PhD Program. The MD / PhD Program office can provide you with further information about these programs and the research interests of their faculty.

Contact Information

Sandra Lemmon, PhD,  Program Director
Alessia Fornoni, MD, PhD,  Associate Program Director
Carlen Duncombe, MPA,  Senior Program Coordinator

University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
MD/PhD Program Office
PO Box 016189
Miami, Florida 33101-6189
305 243 6278
mdphd@miami.edu
 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MD/PhD Program is highly competitive, and interested applicants are advised to apply early in the fall. AMCAS applications must be received by the Medical Admissions Office no later than December 15. Applicants must complete the minimum course requirements of the MD Program to be considered for the MD / PhD Program. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for matriculation into the MD/PhD Program.

Competitive applicants will have the following:

  • Completed AMCAS &  Secondary Application for MD / PhD
  • Excellent academic record
  • Strong MCAT scores
  • Significant research experience 
  • Co-authorship on abstracts and / or peer-reviewed papers is desirable
  • Strong letters of recommendation from research mentors and other scientists who can specifically address the applicant's potential as a physician scientist
  • Motivation to pursue a career as a physician scientist


Applications from under-represented groups, including minorities, individuals with disabilities and women, are encouraged.

All MD / PhD applicants are reviewed by both the MD Program Admissions Committee and the MD / PhD Program Admissions Committee. These evaluations proceed independently, and a student will still be considered for the MD program even after an unfavorable review by the MD / PhD Program. A successful applicant is granted admission to both the MD Program and the MD / PhD Program.

Full application instructions can be found here.  

Curriculum Requirements - Medicine

MDR 501Molecular Basis of Life5
MDR 502Cellular Function and Regulation4
MDR 503Host Defense, Pathogens, and Pathology6
MDR 504Human Structure8
MDR 506Neuroscience and Behavioral Science8
MDR 507Cardiovascular System8
MDR 518Doctoring I the Art and Practice of Medicine I4
MDR 519Doctoring II The Art and Practice of Medicine II4
MDR 530Introduction to Epidemiology2
MDR 610Respiratory System4
MDR 612Renal System6
MDR 613Endocrine and Reproductive Systems5
MDR 614Gastrointestinal System and Nutrition6
MDR 615Hematology/Oncology4
MDR 616Dermatology and Ophthalmology2
MDR 619Case Based Learning - Infection & Inflammation4
MDR 620Problem Based Learning4
MDR 628Doctoring III: The Art & Practice of Medicine III4
MDR 629Doctoring 4 the Art and Practice of Medicine4
MDR 702Interprofessional Patient Safety1
MDR 703Core Family and Community Medicine4
MDR 705Core Generalist Primary Care Clerkship4
MDR 706Core Internal Medicine Clerkship8
MDR 707NEUROLOGY CLERKSHIP4
MDR 708Core Obstetrics & Gynecology Clerkship6
MDR 709Core Pediatrics Clerkship6
MDR 710Core Psychiatry Clerkship6
MDR 711Core Surgery Clerkship8
MDR 712Anesthesiology Clerkship2
MDR 812Emergency Medicine Clerkship4
MDR 909Radiology Clerkship4
MDR 957Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Clerkship4
Sub-Internship A4
Sub-Internship B4
800+ Elective14
Total Credit Hours175

Sub-Internship A Options

MDR 819Family Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 847JMH Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 857Maternal Fetal Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 892Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Sub-I4
MDR 897Pediatrics Sub-I4
MDR 958UMH Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 959JFK Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 961MIA VAMC Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 1028HCH Medicine Sub-I4

Sub-Internship B Options

MDR 852Neurosurgery Sub-I4
MDR 856Gynecologic Oncology Sub-I4
MDR 863Orthopedic Trauma Sub-I4
MDR 875Otolaryngology Sub-I4
MDR 917Burn Unit Sub-I4
MDR 919Cardiothoracic Surgery Sub-I4
MDR 920General Surgery EI Sub-I4
MDR 921General Surgery EII Sub-I4
MDR 922General Surgery EIII Sub-I4
MDR 927Pediatric Surgery Sub-I4
MDR 937Urology Sub-I4
MDR 941HCH Cardiothoracic Surgery Sub-I4
MDR 943General Surgery E IV Sub-I4
MDR 944MIA VAMC General Surgery Sub-I4
MDR 948JFK Surgery Sub-I4
MDR 1029Plastic Surgery SUB-I4

Elective Options

Electives may include any 800+ level course EXCEPT the following:
MDR 805Geriatrics: Morse Center Palm Beach2
MDR 812Emergency Medicine Clerkship4
MDR 909Radiology Clerkship4
MDR 957Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Clerkship4
MDR 990HCH Emergency Medicine Clerkship4
MDR 1003Public Health Sub-Internship4
MDR 1030Transition to Clinical Rotations1

Curriculum Requirements - PHD

PIB 700Journal Club4
PIB 701Introduction to Biomedical Sciences5
PIB 705Biostatistics for the Biosciences3
PIB 731Laboratory Research12-14
PIB 780Research Ethics1
PIB 782Professional Development: Skills for Success I1
PIB 783Professional Development: Skills for Success II1
PIB 830Doctoral Dissertation1-12
Total Credit Hours28-41

Suggested Plan of Study

One year of PIB course work and all course work for the graduate program of choice must be completed to earn the PHD.

Plan of Study Grid
Year OneCredit Hours
PIB 700 Journal Club 1
PIB 731 Laboratory Research 3
MDR 501 Molecular Basis of Life 5
MDR 502 Cellular Function and Regulation 4
MDR 503 Host Defense, Pathogens, and Pathology 6
MDR 504 Human Structure 8
MDR 506 Neuroscience and Behavioral Science 8
MDR 507 Cardiovascular System 8
MDR 518 Doctoring I the Art and Practice of Medicine I 4
MDR 519 Doctoring II The Art and Practice of Medicine II 4
MDR 530 Introduction to Epidemiology 2
 Credit Hours53
Year Two
PIB 700 Journal Club 1
PIB 731 Laboratory Research 6
MDR 610 Respiratory System 4
MDR 612 Renal System 6
MDR 613 Endocrine and Reproductive Systems 5
MDR 614 Gastrointestinal System and Nutrition 6
MDR 615 Hematology/Oncology 4
MDR 616 Dermatology and Ophthalmology 2
MDR 619 Case Based Learning - Infection & Inflammation 4
MDR 620 Problem Based Learning 4
MDR 628 Doctoring III: The Art & Practice of Medicine III 4
MDR 629 Doctoring 4 the Art and Practice of Medicine 4
 Credit Hours50
Year Three
MDR 702 Interprofessional Patient Safety 1
MDR 703 Core Family and Community Medicine 4
MDR 705 Core Generalist Primary Care Clerkship 4
MDR 706 Core Internal Medicine Clerkship 8
MDR 708 Core Obstetrics & Gynecology Clerkship 6
MDR 709 Core Pediatrics Clerkship 6
MDR 710 Core Psychiatry Clerkship 6
MDR 711 Core Surgery Clerkship 8
 Credit Hours43
Year Four
MDR 707 NEUROLOGY CLERKSHIP 4
MDR 712 Anesthesiology Clerkship 2
MDR 812 Emergency Medicine Clerkship 4
MDR 909 Radiology Clerkship 4
MDR 957 Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Clerkship 4
Sub-Internship A 4
Sub-Internship B 4
800+ Elective 14
 Credit Hours40
 Total Credit Hours186

Sub-Internship A Options

MDR 819Family Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 847JMH Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 857Maternal Fetal Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 892Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Sub-I4
MDR 897Pediatrics Sub-I4
MDR 958UMH Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 959JFK Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 961MIA VAMC Medicine Sub-I4
MDR 1028HCH Medicine Sub-I4

Sub-Internship B Options

MDR 852Neurosurgery Sub-I4
MDR 856Gynecologic Oncology Sub-I4
MDR 863Orthopedic Trauma Sub-I4
MDR 875Otolaryngology Sub-I4
MDR 917Burn Unit Sub-I4
MDR 919Cardiothoracic Surgery Sub-I4
MDR 920General Surgery EI Sub-I4
MDR 921General Surgery EII Sub-I4
MDR 922General Surgery EIII Sub-I4
MDR 927Pediatric Surgery Sub-I4
MDR 937Urology Sub-I4
MDR 941HCH Cardiothoracic Surgery Sub-I4
MDR 943General Surgery E IV Sub-I4
MDR 944MIA VAMC General Surgery Sub-I4
MDR 948JFK Surgery Sub-I4
MDR 1029Plastic Surgery SUB-I4

Elective Options

Electives may include any 800+ level course EXCEPT the following:
MDR 805Geriatrics: Morse Center Palm Beach2
MDR 812Emergency Medicine Clerkship4
MDR 909Radiology Clerkship4
MDR 957Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Clerkship4
MDR 990HCH Emergency Medicine Clerkship4
MDR 1003Public Health Sub-Internship4
MDR 1030Transition to Clinical Rotations1