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MD/MS Program

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Medicine offer a combined MD/MS degree program for eligible medical students. TTUHSC medical students in good academic standing that are interested in the MD/MS program should contact the GSBS Office for further information. To formally apply to the MD/MS program, the applicant should submit a written request to the GSBS Senior Associate Dean, Michael.blanton@ttuhsc.edu, and cc research mentor and graduate.school@ttuhsc.edu. Within the letter specify the faculty member (must have graduate faculty status) that has agreed to serve as a mentor for MS research. The GSBS will coordinate with SOM in reviewing this request.

 

BASIC PROGRAM: Upon completion of Year 2 of medical school (MS II), including USMLE Step I Exam, (or completion of Year 3, MS III), TTUHSC medical students may enter a one year MS program in Biomedical Sciences. During this year (July/August – June), MD/MS students will be engaged full time in biomedical research within any TTUHSC faculty member’s laboratory that has GSBS graduate faculty status, culminating in a M.S. thesis (thesis track) or final report (non-thesis track).

 

REQUIREMENTS: MD/MS students are allowed to transfer 30 credit units from MS I and MS II coursework. In addition, they must also complete:

• the GSBS Responsible Conduct of Research course,

• at least one elective didactic course (e.g. Biomedical Statistics; Bioinformatics, etc.),

• at least 6 hours of research and

• 6 hours of MS thesis coursework (for thesis track).

 

Additional details of the requirements for the M.S. in Biomedical Sciences are provided in the GSBS Catalog located on-line at: http://www.ttuhsc.edu/graduate-school-of-biomedical-sciences/catalogs.aspx

 

ASSISTANTSHIPS: MD/MS students will be provided with an annual salary of $25,000 (each 1/3 amount will be provided by GSBS, SOM, and faculty mentor respectively). From this salary amount the student is responsible for costs of tuition, student health insurance requirement, books, etc.

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