MD/PhD Program

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The science that forms the basis of medical care is progressing at a remarkable rate, generating novel concepts relating to the understanding, diagnosing, and treating of human diseases. Cancer survival rates are dramatically increasing, new drugs provide the promise of relief from chronic diseases, and new imaging technology increases the accuracy of diagnoses.  Yet, emerging infectious diseases, the rise in antibiotic-resistant pathogens, and intractable cancers and metabolic diseases cry out for new ideas and approaches to patient treatment. UAMS has a highly competitive, expanding research enterprise and exemplary clinical training. The M.D./Ph.D. Program takes advantage of these resources to provide high quality training for students who want to make a difference. State-of-the-art technologies combined with clinical training provides the tools to approach difficult medical problems in novel and productive ways.

For students who welcome the challenge of finding ways to improve medical treatment for the future, the UAMS M.D./Ph.D. Program provides an exceptional opportunity. If you are interested in a career in academic medicine, combining patient care with medical research, I encourage you to browse through the research projects in progress at UAMS ( and to investigate the opportunities afforded by the M.D./Ph.D. Program.

I would like to thank M.D./Ph.D. students, David Heister and David Terrano, for taking the initiative and hard work to produce this website. It is an important enhancement for the M.D./Ph.D. program, providing a new focus for M.D./Ph.D. students during the various phases of their training and a forum for the exchange of ideas.

Click here for a brief synopsis of the MD/Ph.D. program and the application form.

William D. Wessinger,  Ph.D.
Chair, M.D./Ph.D. Advisory Committee
Director, Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

Considering a Career in Medical Research?

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