Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
DO/PhD in Molecular Biology
The DO/PhD Program is a collaborative initiative between the Philadelphia College
of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USciences).
The purpose of the Program is to provide a joint degree offering for students who
wish to pursue physician-scientist careers. The Program seeks to attract to PCOM
those students with specialized career plans, who previously did not consider the
college because no formal DO/PhD research track was offered. The research-intensive
program provides three full years of research fellowship training within the four-year
osteopathic medical program.
The three-year research component culminates in a research project and dissertation
PCOM will award the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree after successful completion
of the DO Program. USciences will award the Doctor of Philosophy degree upon successful
completion of all requirements for the PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology Program,
including dissertation defense and submission of a final manuscript for publication.
The DO/PhD Program is designed to train physician-scientists who will contribute to
the fund of knowledge by conducting original, high quality scientific research with
the perspective of a clinical practitioner. The program represents a critical link
between bench and bedside by combining medical training with research training and
will produce clinical scholar-practitioners who can make ongoing contributions to
the osteopathic clinical, scientific and academic community.