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"The strength of our nation depends on the health of our people...we must once again place the priority on research...medical research is our hope for our children and for the building of a healthy America."

Mary Woodard Lasker

Founder, Lasker Foundation


NIH MD/PhD Partnership Training Program

The NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program can accommodate students seeking combined MD/PhD training as the pathway to a career as a physician-scientist. Students admitted to NIH MD/PhD Partnership Training Program conduct research in the NIH intramural research program as part of a coordinated plan of dual-degree training with a U.S. medical school in preparation for a career as a physician-investigator in basic or translational science. Since 2005, more than 50 NIH OxCam students have chosen to pursue combined MD/PhD training, in many cases receiving funding for medical school through special additional partnership funding from the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Students can combine medical school training with the NIH OxCam Scholars Ph.D. program in one of three academic tracks. See the outline below and please CONSULT THE PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS PAGES of the MD/PhD partnership web site for more information.

MDPhD Pathways


  • Students enrolled in combined degree training benefit from the enhanced curriculum offered to MD/PhD students at their medical school, which often includes coursework and seminars designed for combined degree trainees, as well as modified clinical rotation requirements.
  • Partnership students are tracked and receive career advice from a group of dedicated NIH-based MD/PhD advisors.
  • Students can take advantage of customized clinical activities at NIH and partner institutions while in the research phase of training, capitalizing on the resources of the NIH clinical center, the world's largest research hospital, and first-rate clinical resources at Oxford and Cambridge. For more information, please consult the MD/PhD partnership program Clinical Activities page.
  • Tuition and stipend benefits are offered to students enrolled at a participating medical school that receives  MSTP funding on a competitive basis. For students enrolled in medical schools not receiving MSTP funding, opportunities are provided to apply for individual fellowships for both the MD and PhD phases of training.
  • In most cases, doing the combined MD/PhD program at NIH through the GPP should not extend the time required to complete both degrees beyond what would be the time-to-degree in a traditional MD/PhD program (7-8 years).


Matt Vogt, Ph.D.

Director of Student Affairs
Building 15 F1, Bethesda, MD (Phone: 301.435.1513)