National MD-PhD Program Outcomes Study

National MD-PhD Program Outcomes Study

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Number of pages:74
Year published:2018
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This report provides a view into the career paths of MD-PhD dual degree training program graduates. This publication assesses whether MD-PhD programs are collectively training a diverse cohort of men and women who can combine their clinical perspectives with high-quality research across a broad spectrum of disciplines. Results are based on a study of the graduates of 80 MD-PhD programs. Information from 6,786 survey respondents were combined with data for all MD-PhD program alumni from several AAMC databases.
 
This publication highlights key outcomes for MD-PhD program alumni:
  • Most (almost 80%) of MD-PhD program alumni survey respondents are following career paths consistent with the goals of their training.
  • More than 75% of survey respondents indicated that they are doing research.
  • The number of MD-PhD program graduates has increased but is around half of projected physician-scientist workforce needs.
  • Trainee diversity is increasing, but slowly.
This report provides actionable information for MD-PhD program directors, medical school leadership, policymakers, and potential MD-PhD program participants.