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MD/PhD Partnership Program

The NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program (OxCam) can accommodate students seeking combined MD/PhD training for a career as a physician-scientist. Students admitted to the NIH MD/PhD Partnership Training Programconduct research in the NIH intramural research program as part of a coordinated plan of dual-degree training with a U.S. medical school.  Students can combine medical school training with the NIH OxCam PhD program in one of three academic tracks. 

This is a diagram of the MD/PhD Partership Training Program


  • Students enrolled in combined degree training benefit from the specialized 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 largest research hospital in the world, and first-rate clinical resources at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. 
  • Tuition and stipend benefits are offered to students who enroll 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 the NIH should not extend the time required to complete both degrees beyond the traditional MD/PhD program (7-8 years).
This Page Last Updated on December 23, 2019
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