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DO/PhD in Cellular and 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 dual degree offering for students who wish to pursue physician-scientist careers.

About the Program

The DO/PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology program seeks to attract students with specialized career plans, who previously did not consider PCOM because no formal DO/PhD research track was offered. This competitive program is a 2/3/2 model that 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 defense.

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.

Program Goal

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.

How to Apply

Those interested in applying for the DO/PhD program will be asked to respond to a question on the PCOM custom question area of the AACOMAS application. Additionally, those who respond yes to the question will be asked to enter a statement of research goals.

Visit the application requirements page for more information on applying.


For more information, contact Denah Appelt, PhD, PCOM's Director of Dual Degree Programs, at 215-871-6164 or