MD/MS in Biochemistry

Part of the MD/MS in Biomedical Investigation program

This program is for medical students who would like extra time to participate in bench research and to add to their background in biochemistry.

The dual degree program double counts some classes from the medical school curriculum (as is done in the MSTP program) so that only 9 additional hours of formal class work needs to be accomplished for the MS.

One full year is devoted to research with tuition and health fees paid by the department. Additionally, a stipend of $15,000 is provided for the student from the advisor’s research grant. Thus, there should be no cost to the student for this additional year.

A sample schedule is shown below.

Medical students who might be interested in this program should contact Dr. Martin Snider in the Department of Biochemistry (

MD/MS in Biochemistry at a glance

First Year

Fall Spring
Medical school curriculum Medical school curriculum
Apply to the MD/MS program BIOC elective - 3hr

Second Year

Fall Spring
Medical school curriculum Medical school curriculum
BIOC 412 - 3hr BIOC elective - 3hr
Summer-USMLE Step 1  

Third Year

Fall Spring
BIOC 601 (research) - 9hr BIOC 601 (research) - 9hr
  EXAM 600 - 1hr (MS qualifying exam)

Fourth and Fifth Year

The fourth and fifth year in the MD/MS in Biochemistry program will be focused on clerkships.