Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

MD/PhD Program
Annual Requirements


Program Requirements by Year

YEAR 1: JeffMD - Phase 1

  • Summer Research Rotations - Must be completed in the summer prior to Year 1 JeffMD Phase 1 and the summer prior to Year 2 JeffMD Phase 1. Two 8 week research rotations are required.
  • MD/PhD Orientation and Welcome Barbecue
  • Current Topics in Translational Biomedical Research
    • Student Research Seminar – 1st Monday, noon
    • Case Study in Molecular Medicine – 2nd Wednesday, 5pm
    • Translational Research Journal Club – 4th Wednesday, 5 pm
  • MD/PhD Retreat – usually October, Saturday all day
  • Physician Scientist Dinners

Year 2: JeffMD - Phase 1

  • MD/PhD Orientation and Welcome Barbecue
  • Current Topics in Translational Biomedical Research
    • Student Research Seminar – 1st Monday, noon
    • Case Study in Molecular Medicine – 2nd Wednesday, 5pm
    • Translational Research Journal Club – 4th Wednesday, 5 pm
  • MD/PhD Retreat – usually October, Saturday all day
  • Physician Scientist Dinners
  • Complete USMLE Step 1 at latest must be taken prior to the first day of JeffMD Phase 2 for your entering class
  • Identify Thesis Research Mentor and PhD Program

Years 3 - 6: JCLS, PhD Studies 1 - 4

  • Continue attendance at weekly meetings of Current Topics in Translational Biomedical Research each semester/session; register for GC 710 (F), 712 (Sp 1), 714 (Sp 2), 1 credit each semester.
  • Attend Welcome Barbecue
  • Attend Annual Retreat
  • Attend Physician Scientist Dinners
  • Register and participate as appropriate in GC 725 Enrichment Course in Clinical Skill each Fall and Spring semester (2 credits each year in JCLS).
  • Form  research  committee,  including  one  ex-officio  MD/PhD representative
  • Submit application for Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual Predoctoral National Research Service Award Fellowship (F30 for MD/PhD, preferred, or F31 for PhD or equivalent).
  • Attend Ethics Case Conferences once a month during third year of PhD studies (fifth year in MD/PhD Program)
  • Optional
    • GC 630 - Fundamentals of Clinical Trials
    • Rotation on the Cancer Clinical Research Review Committee
    • Rotation at Annals of Internal Medicine
  • Successfully complete all PhD requirements as set forth by the selected PhD Program including
    • required coursework
    • regular research committee meetings
    • comprehensive examination
  • Have at least 1 first author paper accepted for publication

Years 7 - 8: JeffMD Phases 2 and 3

  • Present one Clinical Case Study in Molecular Medicine each year
  • Continue weekly attendance at Current Topics in Translational Biomedical Research as clinical schedule allows.
  • Attend Welcome Barbecue
  • Attend Annual Retreat. If unable to attend due to a professional conflict, notify the Administrative Director in advance.
  • Successfully complete SKMC requirements