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Requirements for GSBS MD/PhD Students

Link to 2020 Milestones Agreement for MD/PhD Students

Exceptions granted due to the inevitable delays in student progress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic:

2020 Milestones Agreement for MD/PhD Students
Milestone Expected Time of Achievement1
Complete required tutorial rotations Prior to beginning of GS1
Identify a research advisor Beginning of GS1
Join a GSBS Graduate Program2 Beginning of GS1
Complete GSBS Ethical Dimensions course End of Fall term of GS1
Obtain approval from ASC for Advisory Committee End of Fall term of GS1
Hold first Advisory Committee meeting Spring term of GS1
Hold subsequent Advisory Committee meetings Every 6 months
Complete Scientific Writing course3 End of GS1
Complete Ethics modules End of GS1
Complete a quantitative course End of GS1
Complete pre-candidacy course requirements of MD/PhD Program and PhD Program (e.g., Immunology Program, etc.) End of GS1
Petition for PhD candidacy End of Fall term of GS2
Take candidacy exam End of Spring term of GS2
Complete all PhD Program-specific requirements2 Before return to MS4
Submit a signed petition to defend dissertation Before return to MS4
Defend dissertation Before return to MS4
Submit a minimum of one 1st-authored scientific paper in a peer-reviewed journal4 Before return to MS4
Submit final signed dissertation & complete all appropriate exit paperwork Before return to MS4
Publish a minimum of one 1st-authored scientific paper in a peer-reviewed journal5 Before graduation
Complete all MD/PhD Program-specific requirements Before graduation
Complete all degree requirements and remaining exit paperwork Within 8 years of admission

Students are also required to:

1The expected timing is based on matriculation in the 2nd summer term of the academic year. Note that students may also enter GS1 after MS2 rather than MS3; if so, "expected time of achievement" of milestones would be adjusted accordingly, as appropriate

2Required of students who matriculated in Fall 2012 and thereafter

3Required of students who matriculated in Fall 2014 and thereafter

4Required of students who matriculated before Fall 2014

5Required of students who matriculated in Fall 2014 and thereafter