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The MD-MS Combined degree is offered to Tulane medical students who have an interest in a future career in a surgical specialty.

The degree program is a 4-year non-thesis program of study for medical students leading to the combined degrees: MD and Master of Science in Anatomy. This unique program is designed specifically for medical students who wish to develop careers in the surgical specialties. This program is only available to students who have earned a baccalaureate degree and have already been accepted to Tulane's School of Medicine. To receive the MD/MS Combined Degree, students must fulfill all requirements for graduation from both MD and MS programs before the graduation deadlines.

Who is this program meant for?

The MD/MS program is only available to students who have earned a baccalaureate degree and have already been accepted to Tulane's School of Medicine. Until you have earned a baccalaureate degree, you are not eligible to begin or graduate from the MD/MS in Anatomy program. If you have already earned a medical or osteopathic degree, or are pursuing your medical degree from a school other than Tulane, you are not eligible for the MD/MS Anatomy program.

How long is the program?

The program runs for 4 years, from January of the first year to May of the fourth year, and must be completed at the same time as the MD degree for a combined degree to be awarded.

Eligibility

The MD/MS program is only available to students who have earned a baccalaureate degree and have already been accepted to Tulane's School of Medicine. Until you have earned a baccalaureate degree, you are not eligible to begin or graduate from the MD/MS in Anatomy Program. If you have already earned a medical or osteopathic degree, or are pursuing your medical degree from a school other than Tulane, you are not eligible for the MD/MS in Anatomy Program. Fourth year (T4) medical students are not eligible to begin their MS anatomy studies as part of the MD/MS combined degree program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MD/MS combined program must complete the Gross and Developmental Anatomy course and earn a passing grade to apply to the MD/MS program. A single recommendation letter from a lab director for the Gross and Developmental Anatomy course is required. This program is not open to students from institutions outside of the Tulane School of Medicine and no credits from outside institutions may be used to waive any course requirements.

To receive the MD/MS Combined Degree, students must fulfill all requirements for graduation from both MD and MS programs before the graduation date. Students will graduate with both degrees concurrently.

Core requirement

Courses in the School of Medicine MD Curriculum that provide MS Anatomy content and that MD/MS Combined Degree students are required to take include the following:

  1. Gross and Developmental Anatomy
  2. Medical Histology

In addition to completing their School of Medicine curriculum, MD/MS Combined Degree students must also complete the following requirements:

All required coursework for the MS Anatomy program. No student may graduate without fulfilling all of the core requirements.

Application

The MD/MS program is only available to students who have earned a baccalaureate degree and have already been accepted to Tulane's School of Medicine. Until you have earned a baccalaureate degree, you are not eligible to begin or graduate from the MD/MS in Anatomy Program. You may not begin the application process until you have received your letter of acceptance from Tulane School of Medicine.

Application Deadline

All applications to the program must be received by January 31 to be considered for Spring admission. If you miss the deadline, please contact the SCB Office at 504.988.5255 to discuss your options. The surgical anatomy course session runs during the last two weeks of June. The registration deadline for that course will be one month prior to the first day of each year's session.

Application process

The application for admission to the MD-MS degree program should be submitted to the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and applicants will be admitted on a competitive basis. Therefore early submission of applications is highly encouraged.  There is no application fee.

to the MD-MS degree program.

Supplemental application materials may be directed to:

Biomedical Sciences Office
1430 Tulane Ave. Mail Code #8656
New Orleans, LA 70112
phone: 504-988-5226
fax: 504-988-3779
bms@tulane.edu

Degree requirements

Students must take all core and elective credits of course work over 4 years and complete the requirements for the degree.

Program calendar

The MD-MS in Anatomy Research curriculum is designed for completion within four years. Classes run from August to May each year.

Tuition

MD/MS students pay tuition, academic services fees, and technology support services fees as they enroll in MS Anatomy classes

You can download a program overview as a pdf document by clicking here.