Individual Curricula Examples for MSTP (MD/PhD) Students

For students entering into Pharmacology from the MSTP (MD/PhD) Program:

FIRST & SECOND YEARS - Medical School
Students enter the Pharmacology Program at the end of their 2nd year in Medical School
THIRD YEAR (1st year in graduate school)

Summer (after Step 1 Board Exam)

  • Dissertation Research

Fall Semester

  • Elective #1
  • PHCO 701
  • PHCO 730
  • PHCO 732 (Grant Writing)
  • BBSP 610 (Statistics)

Spring Semester

  • Elective #2
  • Doctoral Written Exam Due
  • Doctoral Oral Exam Administered
FOURTH, FIFTH, SIXTH, AND (maybe) SEVENTH  YEAR 

Fall Semester

  • Dissertation research

Spring Semester

  • Dissertation research
  • Defend Dissertation (at completion of thesis research)
SEVENTH AND EIGHTH (maybe EIGHTH AND NINTH ) YEARS
  • Finish Medical School

Examples of elective courses (not comprehensive):

  • PHCO 740-745-Contemporary Topics in Cell Signaling. Multiple modules covering kinases and phosphorylation, receptors and G protein signaling, cell cycle control, signaling networks, and stem cells and development. (Note: each module is one credit hour; therefore, students would need to take two modules to satisfy one of the elective requirements)
  • NBIO 722 (F)/NBIO 723 (S)-Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology. A two semester interdisciplinary course that incorporates principles of pharmacology. (Note: Students taking this course will fulfill both elective requirements)
  • GNET 631 (F) and/or GNET 632 (S)-Advanced Molecular Biology
  • PATH 713 (F) and/or PATH 715 (S)-Molecular and Cellular Pathophysiological Basis of Disease
  • CBPH 893 (F) and/or CBPH 894 (S)-Advanced cell biology
  • CBPH 702 (F) and/or CBPH 703 (S)- Experimental Physiology of Human Health and Disease