The primary aim of the Physician/Scientist Program (P/SP) at Tulane University is to provide an integrated learning environment that supports the development of physicians committed to the advancement of the medical sciences. Students will acquire the necessary skills to become both sound clinicians and accomplished scientists. More importantly, the P/SP is intended to promote a view of medicine and science as unified endeavors rather than distinct disciplines.
The P/SP is designed to take a total of 7 to 8 years. Students will begin their first laboratory rotation the summer before entering medical school. After the first year of medical school classes, student will complete a second rotation. After completing the first two years of medical school and Step I of the USMLE, P/SP students will begin their Ph.D. training. Ideally, the Ph.D. portion should take 3 – 3½ years. Once the Ph.D. has been completed, the students resume and complete their 3rd and 4th year of medical school and graduate with a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree.
Most students enter the P/SP program at the beginning of their medical school training; however, an alternate path to a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree is also available to students who have already complete 1-2 years of the medical school curriculum. Contact the BMS office (BMS@tulane.edu) for more information on this alternative program.