Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

MD/PhD Program
Student Resources

Helpful information to guide your progress through the MD/PhD Program.

Thomas Jefferson University Resources

Students at a MD/PhD barbecue

MD/PhD Handbook (PDF)
The definitive guide to requirements and opportunities in the MD/PhD Program, including information about PhD Program requirements for MD/PhD students.

Sidney Kimmel Medical College Catalog (PDF)
Course catalog for the Sidney Kimmel Medical College.

Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences Catalog (PDF)
Course catalog for Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences.

Annual Required Program Specific Activities (PDF)
A snapshot of the required activities for each year in the MD/PhD Program.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the MD/PhD Program.

Individual Development Plans (PDF)
Individual Development Plans (IDP) provide a planning process that identifies both professional development needs and career objectives. Your initial IDP should be completed before your first individual meeting with the MD/PhD Directors. Once you have identified a thesis mentor, your mentor will also contribute to your IDP, as well as the Graduate Skills Assessment.

SKMC Office of Student Affairs & Career Counseling (OSACC) 
The central support resource throughout a student's medical school career. OSACC is readily available to students as they experience the rigorous curriculum of medical education.

Outside Resources

Careers in Medicine
A career planning program for medical students from AAMC.

Choosing a Lab from JPSA (PDF)
Tips on how to choose a lab.

American Physician Scientists Association (APSA)
Founded by trainees, for trainees and continues to be trainee-led. It is the premier organization for physician-scientist trainee advocacy. Visit the APSA website for information about membership, career paths and funding opportunities.

Residency Choices for Physician Scientists
Resource for choosing a residency.

Graduate Medical Education at NIH
NIH currently offers 18 medical specialty or subspecialty programs, which have been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). NIH also jointly sponsors clinical training programs with extramural training partners, including Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland and the National Capital Consortium. They also sponsor numerous one of kind translational medicine fellowship training programs within the 27 Institutes and Centers of the NIH.

Early Career Resources
Elsevier has an excellent Early Career Resources site for beginning researchers, including sections on funding, networking, writing and publishing.

Perspective: Traversing the Bridge Years--Advice for Future Physician-Scientists
Advice from a successful physician-scientist.

Risk and Return for the Clinician-Investigator
Science Translational Medicine
An early-career clinician-investigator discusses impending and future career issues in an interview with an established translational scientist, who then shares ideas about pursuing clinically informed research questions.

MD/PhD 2012 Retreat, Resources from Keynote Speaker, Robin Lorenz, MD, PhD (PDF)
Resources on succeeding as a physician-scientist and balancing family and academic work.

MSTP Research Training During Clinical Years (PDF)
Examples of research activities during the clinical years, for use in F30 applications.

Notes from the 29th National MD/PhD Student Conference (PDF)
Notes on how to choose a residency and a career.