The M.D./M.S. Option

The five-year M.D.-M.S. track is designed for medical students interested in clinical research.

  • Students can apply to the program during their third year of medical school.
  • Accepted students will spend their fourth year in clinical research activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor and also take courses as part of Einstein’s Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP).
  • The fifth year will include a combination of required clerkships, electives, continuing M.S. course work, and completion of the clinical research project, including a defense of the Master’s thesis.

With this program, students pay only four years of medical school tuition for the five year program (no additional tuition for the Master's degree), and fellowship stipends are available. Candidates who complete this dual degree program successfully will receive both the M.D. degree and the M.S. in Clinical Research Methods at graduation.


Applying for the M.D./M.S.

Applicants identify a faculty mentor and propose a research project as part of the application. Information on the Master’s program, along with downloadable application for M.S., can be found here

The M.D./M.S. application deadline for medical students is March 1st of Year 3. An expedited admissions process seeks to finalize decisions by April of Year 3.

Enrollment in the program is competitive, and all interested students are encouraged to contact the Program Director, Dr. Ellie Schoenbaum in order to obtain additional information or discuss qualifications.

  • If you’d like to meet in person, contact Dr. Schoenbaum’s office (718-430-2518) to set up an appointment.
  • It is anticipated that students who have already conducted clinical research projects with a qualified faculty member (e.g., during the summer after Year 1) will be most competitive, so early planning is recommended.

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