School of Science Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute * Facebook YouTube
SoS Home Departments Academics Research Faculty Students Alumni/ae News and Events Support Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Science
Accelerated Physician-Scientist Program
Accelerated Physician-Scientist Program

Physician-Scientist Program (PDF)

Earn your B.S. and M.D. in only seven years.

In 1964, Rensselaer and the Albany Medical College (AMC) were pioneers in initiating an accelerated degree program that enabled qualified individuals to complete requirements for both the B.S. and M.D. degrees in an accelerated time frame.

Now, many years and hundreds of graduates later, we are expanding on our innovative approach and are offering a program that will graduate physicians who are intensively trained in medical research.

Qualified applicants who are accepted in the Rensselaer-Albany Medical College seven-year program will benefit from a unique science-based program built upon the rich tradition of Rensselaer's many years of technological innovation, as well as Albany Medical College's similar tradition of leadership in health-care 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.


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


Curt M. Breneman

Dean of Science (Acting)
(518) 276-6305
For speaking/appointment requests, please contact Bonnie Carson carsob@rpi.edu
(518) 276-6305
David L. Spooner
Associate Dean of Science for Academic Affairs
(518) 276-6305
Wilfredo Colón
Associate Dean of Science for Graduate Education
(518) 276-6305

and Programs

Biological Sciences

and Chemical Biology

Computer Science

Earth and
Environmental Sciences

Information Technology
and Web Science

Mathematical Sciences

Physics, Applied Physics,
and Astronomy


Research Centers

Center for Biochemical Solar Energy Research

Center for Terahertz Research

Data Science Research Center

Inverse Problems Center

Darrin Fresh Water Institute

New York Center for Astrobiology

Rensselaer Exploratory Center for Cheminformatics Research

* School of Science PDFs

Science Home Page | RPI Admissions | RPI Home Page | RPI News

School of Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1C05 Jonsson-Rowland Science Center, 110 Eighth Street, Troy, NY USA 12180
Copyright ©2013 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Why not change the world?® is a registered trademark of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Last page update: 2/3/14, 4:31 PM