M.D.-Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience

About the Program

The M.D.-Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience requires students to complete 18.5 credits in core neuroscience courses juxtapose to the 34 credits required for Ph.D. students. The remaining credits will be absorbed from medical coursework.

The requirement for 10.5 electives and the following courses are waived for M.D.-Ph.D. students: NSCI543 – Organization of the Nervous System (for Medical School Neuroscience) and NSCI533 – Neurobiology of Disease (for Medical School Neuroscience). Although students can elect to take electives if they choose to.

M.D.-Ph.D. Course Schedule

Year 1


Summer Semester

Course NameCredit(s)
NSCI 985: Summer Lab Rotation0
Total 0 Credits

Year 2


Spring Semester

M.D.-Ph.D. 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. M.D.-Ph.D. students are required to take STEP I by the same deadline as students in the regular M.D. program.

Course NameCredit(s)
NSCI 986: Spring Lab Rotation0
Total 0 Credits

Summer Semester

Course NameCredit(s)
NSCI 801: Experiences in Neuroscience0
NSCI 987: Summer Lab Rotation0
Total 0 Credits

Year 3


Fall Semester

Course NameCredit(s)
NSCI 501: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience6
NSCI 505: Neuroscience Survey I2
NSCI 507: Neuroscience Critical Readings1
NSCI 599: Practical Experimental Design and Statistics1.5
Total 10.5 Credits

Spring Semester

Course NameCredit(s)
NSCI 503: Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience5
NSCI 507: Neuroscience Critical Readings1
NSCI 532: Survey Skills and Ethics for Science2
Total 8 Credits

Year 4 to Completion of Thesis


Course NameCredit(s)
NSCI 999: Thesis Research0
Total 0 Credits

Rotations

Students are required to take 2 rotations.

Rotations

Courses

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Courses

Thesis

Find the requirements and details for thesis research.

Thesis