M.D./Ph.D. in Tumor Biology
The M.D./Ph.D. in Tumor Biology is a dual doctorate program designed for students interested in careers as physician-scientists. Students in this program receive a top medical education combined with research training in the laboratories of premier investigators at Georgetown University. The Ph.D. in Tumor Biology curriculum is tailored to complement the medical coursework.
If you are interested in this program, please apply directly to the Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Year 1 – Summer
Year 2 – Spring
Year 2 – Summer
Year 3 – Fall
Year 3 – Spring
Year 4 through Completion of Thesis
The M.D./Ph.D. in Tumor Biology requires students to complete 17 credits in core tumor biology courses (compared to the 33 credits required for Ph.D. students). The remaining credits are absorbed from medical coursework.
- BCHB 5001 Biochemical & Cellular Sciences (for medical school biochemistry)
- CBIO 5390 Molecular Cell Biology (for medical school biochemistry)
- TBIO 6536: Cancer Pharmacology (for medical school pharmacology)
M.D./Ph.D. students are required to complete 3 elective credits. The elective credits can be fulfilled by taking clinical-translational courses (e.g., TBIO 6565 Clinical & Translational Oncology: Breast, TBIO 6566 Clinical & Translational Oncology: Neuro-oncology). Students can elect to take more than three electives if they choose to.
The number of laboratory rotations required before choosing a thesis lab is flexible. The following courses must be taken during every semester of graduate study: TBIO 7030/7040 Current Topics in Cancer Research and TBIO 7110/7120 Tumor Biology Student Seminar/Data Meeting.
Students in their third year (or M.D./Ph.D. students in their second year) write and defend a thesis proposal before a committee consisting of their dissertation mentor, three (3) program faculty members, and an outside reader. This should be completed within one year of passing the comprehensive exam, by the end of Summer 3. The Tumor Biology Oversight Committee must approve the student’s Thesis Committee.
Students are required to meet with their Thesis Committee every 6 months and complete the Ph.D. Thesis Committee Report for each meeting.