Physician-scientists play a unique role in biomedicine by studying patients and their diseases. They take observations from the bedside into the laboratory, make basic discoveries and translate their discoveries into new methods for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. The UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences strongly believes that the training of physician-scientists is critical to the future of medicine.
The M.D./Ph.D. Scholars Program is designed to prepare a select group of outstanding students for careers in academic medicine and research. Students admitted to this highly competitive program pursue original research in laboratories and/or clinical settings with members of the graduate faculty. They also complete the medical school curriculum. The integrated training for both degrees allows a compression of the total academic effort as some course work can be applied to both degrees.