MD/PhD Program in Biomedical Engineering
Dartmouth's MD/PhD Program in biomedical engineering combines the medical curriculum at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth with the PhD program at Thayer School. Students must apply to The Geisel School of Medicine as well as Thayer School, indicating their specific interests. Both degrees are awarded simultaneously after typically 7 to 8 years of study.
The foundation for doctoral work is undergraduate preparation in science, mathematics, and engineering principles. Applicants must hold a bachelor's or master's degree to be considered for the MD/PhD program.
All students, upon matriculation, are required to attend a series of workshops in ethics and sign a statement that they agree to abide by the honor principles established by Dartmouth College. See Graduate Academic and Conduct Regulations for a full statement of academic honor.
MD/PhD candidates are in residence at Thayer School a minimum of 6 terms, including 3 terms of participation in ENGG 196: Seminar on Applied Science and Technology.
Number of Courses
The candidate with undergraduate engineering training (BE or BS degree) plus 2 years of medical school training normally takes:
- Applied mathematics (3 courses)
- Engineering courses leading to a depth of knowledge in an engineering specialty (4 courses)
In addition to engineering and applied mathematics courses, PhD students participate in the following seminars and workshops:
- ENGG 195: Seminar on Science, Technology and Society (1 term)
- ENGG 196: Seminar on Applied Science and Technology (3 terms)
- ENGG 197: PhD Professional Workshops (1 term)
- ENGG 198: Research-in-Progress Workshop (annually)
Course of Study
Basic Medical Phase
First-Year PhD Phase
- Completion of 6 graduate engineering courses
- ENGG 196: Seminar on Applied Science and Technology (2 terms)
- ENGG 198: Research-in-Progress Workshop (1 term)
- Initiation of dissertation research with thesis advisor
- Qualification for PhD candidacy
Second-Year PhD Phase
- Oral examination
- Completion of additional graduate courses
- ENGG 195: Seminar on Science, Technology and Society
- ENGG 196: Seminar on Applied Science and Technology
- ENGG 197: PhD Professional Workshops
- ENGG 198: Research-in-Progress Workshop
- Thesis proposal and dissertation research
Final PhD Phase
- Dissertation research
- Completion of thesis defense
Final Medical Phase
Candidates complete the 4-year MD curriculum. The electives of Year 4 may be fulfilled through PhD dissertation research.
Once advanced to PhD candidacy, the student works with a special advisory committee to make sure that all degree requirements are met. The requirements include:
- Technical proficiency
- Technical breadth
- Professional competence
- Original research
- Dissertation archiving