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. 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.
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.
Those interested in applying for the program can do so when applying to the DO Program by checking the corresponding box on the PCOM supplemental application.
Visit the application requirements page for more information on applying.