Accelerated Physician-Scientist Program (B.S./M.D.)
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Earn your B.S. and M.D in only seven years.
Rensselaer's Biological Sciences Department and nearby Albany Medical College (AMC) offer one of the few accelerated, combined degree programs in the country specifically created to train physician-scientists.
We designed the program for students who wish to become physicians with a firm foundation in scientific research. We train physician-scientists to perform at the highest level in both medicine and research.
Why Physician-Scientists Are Important
Individuals who are outstanding physician-scientists are needed to:
- bridge the gap between the laboratory and the patient
- conduct biomedical research critical for improving the health of the general population in this country
- bring new drugs to trials and to clinical use
- accomplish numerous research activities that only physicians can do
Spend semesters one through five exclusively at Rensselaer. Split your sixth semester between Rensselaer and AMC. Begin research that extends over your third and final year at Rensselaer and into the summer preceding your first year of medical school.
Earn your B.S. in Biology at the end of your fourth year, and earn your M.D. at the end of your seventh year.
Research and Industrial Experience
Most students pursue undergraduate research in faculty laboratories. Many seek industrial experience through Rensselaer’s Cooperative Education Program.
During the first three years at Rensselaer, the curriculum involves 70 percent premedical science courses and 30 percent liberal arts. The student then enrolls at AMC, and a number of science courses are transferred back to Rensselaer so the candidate graduates from Rensselaer with his or her entering class.
Students are ideally positioned to accomplish sufficient research to graduate from medical school with special recognition: the MDDR (the MD with Distinction in Research). Some students may elect to earn a Ph.D. by applying to the graduate studies program at AMC. By interrupting their medical school training between the second and third year and entering the graduate studies program, students can earn a Ph.D. in three years. During their graduate training students enjoy full tuition remission and earn a competitive stipend.
View the Physician-Scientist curriculum.
The value of this program is outstanding, and the opportunities are unlimited, but the Rensselaer/AMC Accelerated Physician-Scientist program is not for everyone. If you are highly motivated, mature, and desire a solid knowledge of scientific research that will help you be a more broadly educated physician and may even help you contribute to the medical innovations of the future, this accelerated program deserves your serious consideration.
Selection for this program takes place during the senior year of high school. On graduating from high school, applicants must have completed four years of English; a year each of biology, chemistry, and physics, and four years of mathematics. SAT I and SAT II scores in mathematics (level IC or IIC) and one of the following three science subtests are required: physics, chemistry, or biology. Alternatively, ACT scores may be submitted. Laboratory research experience is also important.
If accepted to the program, you are not required to take the Medical College Admission Test.
AMC site: http://amc.edu/Academic/Pathways/rpi/index.html