Programs in Medical Education

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Programs in Medical Education

UVA offers the following programs: A generalist scholars program (GSP), dual degree programs in Accelerated MD-PhD, the Medical Science Training Program - MSTP, an MD-MBA through the Darden School of Business, an MD-JD program, several MD-Masters in Public Health (MPH) and the  MD-Medical Science in Clinical Research (MS-CR).

Generalist Scholars Program (GSP)

The Generalist Scholars Program, established in 1994 with support from a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Initiative Grant and the Commonwealth of Virginia General Assembly, was created to support the development of student leaders interested in pursuing a career in one the following three fields of generalist medicine – general internal medicine, family medicine or general pediatrics. The program was initially developed and funded as one attempt to address the dwindling supply of physicians, particularly in the underserved areas of the Commonwealth. Click here for more information: http://www.medicine.virginia.edu/education/more/generalist-scholars-program

Dual Degree Programs

M.D./Ph.D. (NIH Medical Scientist Training)

The goal of our M.D./Ph.D. Program is to train individuals who will be both outstanding physicians and scientists, and who will pioneer major advances in medical practice through research. M.D./Ph.D. students take an integrated curriculum combining basic science and research training with our highly innovative medical education “Next Generation” Curriculum. Ph.D. training may be done in one of our seven Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs including:  Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Genetics; Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology; Biomedical Engineering; Microbiology, Immunology, and Infectious Disease; Molecular Medicine; Structural and Computational Biology, and Biophysics; and Neuroscience (see http://www.medicine.virginia.edu/education/phd/bims/).

We also offer a wide variety of NIH Funded Specialized Training Programs in the areas of Immunology, Cardiovascular Science and Medicine, , Cancer, Biodefense, Neuroscience, Neurobiology and Behavioral Development, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Molecular Biophysics, Pharmacologic Sciences, and Infectious Diseases. A major emphasis of the program is to train physician-scientists who will lead the biomedical research community in efforts to discover the fundamental basis of human disease and to develop innovative new therapies for their treatment. Students in the dual M.D./Ph.D., degree program must complete the requirements for both degrees. The program typically takes 7-8 years to complete.  For more information see: http://www.medicine.virginia.edu/education/phd/medical-scientist-training-program.

M.D./M.P.H. (Public Health)

The dual M.D./M.P.H. is designed to provide graduate professional training in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, translational and community-based research, and community engagement strategies to improve the health of individuals and populations. The program focuses on the competencies professionals need to address population health and health care delivery issues and includes a range of interdisciplinary courses on social behavioral health, health policy, program planning and evaluation, and environmental health, as well as epidemiology and biostatistics.  Medical Students who decide to pursue the M.P.H. should expect to begin their M.P.H. courses after completing the core clinical clerkships and to extend their education by one year. The dual degree program must be completed within 6 years of matriculation in the School of Medicine. For more information, see http://www.medicine.virginia.edu/clinical/departments/phs/degree_programs/mph/dualmdmph-page.

M.D./M.B.A.

The School of Medicine and the Darden School of Business offers a dual degree program in which a student may obtain both the M.D. and the M.B.A. degrees in 5 years. The student is obligated to secure separate admission to both schools. Once admitted to the School of Medicine, the student may apply to the Darden School of Business for admission. Students in the dual degree program begin their M.B.A. curriculum after completing the first three years of the medical curriculum. The total duration is 5 years. For more information, see http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/phs/mph/jointmdmph.cfm and http://www.darden.virginia.edu/html/standard.aspx?menu_id=72&styleid=2&id=816#MBA/MD

M.D./J.D.

The School of Medicine and the School of Law offers at dual degree program in which as student may obtain an M.D and a J.D in six years.  The student is obligated to secure separate admission to both schools; the school of Law requires the LSAT. Students may apply to the School of Law in their first, second or third years of medical school. For more information, please see  http://www.med-ed.virginia.edu/handbook/policy/secondDegree.cfm

M.D./M.S. in Clinical Research

The dual M.D./M.S. in Clinical Research (M.S.-C.R.) is designed to provide graduate professional training in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and  translational and community-based research strategies.  Medical Students who pursue the M.S./C.R. should expect to begin their M.S./C.R.  courses after completing the core clinical clerkships and to extend their education by one year. The dual degree program must be completed within 6 years of matriculation in the School of Medicine. For more information, see http://www.medicine.virginia.edu/clinical/departments/phs/degree_programs/ms/mdms-page.

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Other Programs

The University of Virginia Center for Biomedical Ethics & Humanities also offers a variety of opportunites, including the Hook Scholars Program in Humanities and Ethics an intensive program offered to four 1st year medical school students. For more information on this program and other programs in the Center, please visit http://www.medicine.virginia.edu/community-service/centers/biomedical-ethics-and-humanities.

In addition, students may take course work or obtain a Master's or higher degree through the University of Virginia's many other schools. This will be offered by the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Law.

The curriculum is designed to encourage students to pursue their interests through formal course work or through a multitude of activities. Students are given 3-4 afternoons off a week during the 18 month pre-clerkship period and have extensive time to take course work in the latter half of their third and all of their 4th year. Students are allowed to have 6 years to complete their MD degree; many of the dual programs are 5 year programs, so that the student takes an additional year to complete the degree, between the pre-clerkship and post-clerkship period.