MD/PhD Information

The MSP is committed to preparing a diverse cadre of Physician-Scholars to confront the multi-dimensional problems and issues that face medicine. The complex nature of these problems requires people trained in a broad array of graduate disciplines working together in order to develop innovative solutions. The MSP has nearly 100 students pursuing graduate study in over 30 academic disciplines, including the social sciences, humanities, physical sciences, as well as the biomedical sciences. The Medical Scholars Program has the largest cadre of MD/PhD students in the U.S. who are pursuing MD/PhDs in the Social Sciences and Humanities.


With such diverse student perspectives, the MSP provides a unique and electric environment for bright and creative scholars to pursue their passion for combining cutting edge research with individualized high-quality clinical training. Students begin their program of study in their graduate departments; MD training is integrated with graduate training in subsequent years. Generally, it takes students an average of 8 years to complete both degrees. Therefore, we also believe that Champaign-Urbana is a wonderful place for a student committed to a dual degree program to live, work, play and even raise a family.


There have been many changes to the Medical Scholars Program over the years, few more impactful than the recently announced creation of the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Both UI Chicago and Urbana have shown an overwhelming commitment to the history and stature of the Medical Scholars Program and its current students. To that end, the College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign will remain in operation until current MSP students finish their PhD and MD degrees - through the 2021-22 academic year. Stay tuned to learn more about the status of the MSP in the years ahead.