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Program & Curriculum

Medical School Years 1, 2 and 3

The Emory University School of Medicine curriculum is designed to teach the Foundations of medicine in an eighteen-month period. The first four months are devoted to the healthy human, while the remainder of the curriculum is based on pathologic principles of disease. The curriculum is designed to impart both clinical knowledge in the classroom and clinical skills learned throughout one of Emory’s numerous hospital affiliations. MD/PhD students in these years also participate in the the MD/PhD Journal Club and Clinical Research Conference. After Foundations, students complete the USMLE Step 1 exam and begin 12 months of clinical rotations (Applications). Once these clinical rotations are complete, students prepare for USMLE Step 2 CS/CK. The remaining part of the spring semester and summer that follow are dedicated to research rotations, leading to selecting a laboratory and dissertation advisor.

Graduate School Years

In addition to completing all academic and teaching requirements for their chosen program of graduate study, students in the graduate years present clinical cases and journal articles at the monthly MD/PhD Clinical Research Conference. Students in the graduate years are also encouraged to seek out opportunities for clinical experiences in their area(s) of interest. 

Medical School Years 4

After completion of their PhD degree, MD/PhD students return to clinical training (Translations), which consists of senior rotations, sub-internships and electives. The return to clinical training is facilitated by a two-week clinical clinical refresher course. 

Additional Information on our curriculum:

MD curriculum: but note that our PhD training replaces Discovery (five month research experience completed by MD-only students).

PhD Curriculum: please refer to your program of interest via the Laney Graduate School website.

Students in non-traditional programs may follow a different progression depending on the PhD program's requirements.