USciences has partnered with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) to offer a combined doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO)/PhD cell and molecular biology degree. The degree is designed to train physician scientists to perform fundamental research on human health issues, speed translational research to clinical practice, or develop related approaches. The degree consists of a 2-3-2 model of education, combining two years of medical education, three years of research in the cell and molecular biology PhD program resulting in a body of novel and significant research that is defendable as a completed dissertation, and two years of clinical experiential education; students in this degree program must complete the PhD degree requirements before proceeding to the clinical experience. Students may choose a mentor from among the graduate faculty members of the Department of Biological Sciences or affiliated faculty members at PCOM. Applicants for this program must apply directly to PCOM for the DO program, respond to the invitation for additional application materials and will be evaluated simultaneously for the DO degree and the PhD degree tracks. An applicant must be judged to be acceptable for DO education in order to be admitted to the combined DO/PhD degree track.
The degree requires completion of 20 didactic credits and at least 20 credits of research.