MD/PhD Program



The MD/PhD Program at LSU Health Sciences Center at New Orleans is designed to fulfill the educational requirements of highly focused students who wish to pursue careers in academic medicine. Any student who enjoyed a previous research experience should consider this program. During their course of study, students will pursue the medical curriculum for two years, spend three to four years as graduate students acquiring the PhD, and finally spend two years completing medical school for the MD degree. The American Association of Medical Colleges has developed a website, which allows prospective applicants to explore this career option.

Admission Requirements

Qualified applicants who have been accepted by the Medical School will be invited to apply for acceptance into the MD/PhD Program. Applicants will be interviewed by the MD/PhD committee. During the first two years of medical school, students begin to select a specific area of research interest. During the summer between the first and second year of medical school, student research is supported through the Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship Program. Selection of a mentor and graduate program is normally completed during the second year. Students will generally begin their graduate work immediately following the second year of Medical School. Criteria for Admission Consideration are as follows.

  • Prior research experience

  • Grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale

  • MCAT scores, a mean of 10

  • GRE (Combined Verbal & Quantitative 1200 ― GRE is optional

Students must maintain a “B” average, or the equivalent, in Graduate School and in Medical School to remain in good standing in the program. If a student withdraws from either the MD or PhD portion of the program, the student will transfer all appropriate credits to his/her program of choice. Out-of-state students withdrawing from the MD/PhD program cannot remain enrolled in the LSUHSC-NO Medical School.

Financial Support

Participants in the MD/PhD program will be provided tuition waivers for their entire course of study. Stipends will be provided while in the School of Graduate Studies and during their third and fourth years of medical school. During the graduate portion of the program, students are encouraged to apply for their own academic and research support. The cost of the tuition waivers must be repaid if a student leaves the MD/PhD Program. This will permit another student in the program to become fully funded.


The program consists of four years of Medical School and three to four years of Graduate Studies in the following areas:

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Head, Arthur Haas, PhD

Cell Biology and Anatomy
Head, Sam McClugage, Jr., PhD

Human Genetics
Head, Lucio Miele, PhD

Microbiology, Immunology & Parasitology
Head, Alistair Ramsay, PhD

Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics
Kurt Varner, PhD

Head, Patricia Molina, MD, PhD

Neuroscience Program
Director, Nicolas Bazan, MD, PhD


Kathleen H. McDonough, PhD


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