MD-PhD in Tumor Biology

About the Program

The MD-PhD in Tumor Biology is a dual doctorate program designed for students interested in careers as physician-scientists. Students will receive a top medical education combined with research training in laboratories of premier investigators at Georgetown University. The PhD in Tumor Biology curriculum is tailored to complement the medical coursework.

The MD-PhD in Tumor Biology requires students to complete 17 credits in core tumor biology courses juxtapose to the 33 credits required for PhD students. The remaining credits will be absorbed from medical coursework.

The following core courses are waived: BCHB 501: Biochemistry and Cellular Sciences (for medical school biochemistry), CBIO 539: Molecular Cell Biology (for medical school biochemistry), and TBIO 536: Cancer Pharmacology (for medical school pharmacology).

MD-PhD students are required to complete 3 elective credits. The elective credits can be fulfilled by taking clinical-translational courses (ex: TBIO 565: Clinical & Translational Oncology: Breast, TBIO 566: Clinical & Translational Oncology: Melanoma). Students can elect to take more than 3 electives if they choose to.

The number of laboratory rotations required before choosing a thesis lab is flexible. The following courses are required to be taken during every semester of graduate study: TBIO703/704: Current Topics in Cancer Research and TBIO711/712: Student Seminar/Data Meeting.

MD-PhD Course Schedule

Year 1


Summer Semester

Course NameCredit(s)
TBIO985: Summer Lab Rotations0
Total 0 Credits

Year 2


Spring Semester

MD-PhD students will be officially enrolled in graduate school and receive a stipend for the entire spring semester. However, they are not expected to actually begin their rotation until they have taken the USMLE STEP I board exam. MD/PhD students are required to take STEP I by the same deadline as students in the regular MD program. 

Course NameCredit(s)
TBIO 986: Spring Lab Rotations0
Total Credits

Summer Semester

Course NameCredit(s)
TBIO 987: Summer Lab Rotations0
Total 0 Credits

Year 3


Fall Semester

Course NameCredit(s)
TBIO 508: Cellular & Molecular Aspects of the Transformed Cell4
TBIO 528: Modern Methods in Molecular Biology3
TBIO 599: Practical Data Analysis & Experimental Design3
TBIO 546: Resources for Cancer Research0
TBIO 985/986/987: Lab Rotations (taken until a thesis lab is chosen)0
TBIO 703: Current Topics in Cancer Research0
TBIO 711: Tumor Biology Student Seminar0
Total 10 Credits

Spring Semester

Course NameCredit(s)
TBIO 562: Survival Skills & Ethics in Scientific Research2
TBIO 588: Preparing a Scientific Paper2
TBIO 704: Current Topics in Cancer Research0
TBIO 712: Tumor Biology Student Seminar0
Electives3
Total 9 Credits

Year 4 to Completion of Thesis


Course NameCredit(s)
TBIO 703/704: Current Topics in Cancer Research0
TBIO 711/712: Tumor Biology Student Seminar0
TBIO 999: Thesis Research0
Total 0 Credits

Courses

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Courses

Thesis Proposal

Learn more about the thesis proposal process and find the PhD Thesis Committee Report.

Thesis Proposal