MD-PhD (MSTP) Students
MD/PhD students in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) and applicants with a MD degree are welcomed into the Neuroscience Program. Read below for more information.
Students typically begin their professional course work with the first two years of the Medical School curriculum.
- MD/PhD students are required to complete independent laboratory work with their advisor during these first two years.
- PSCH 543 (Research and Design Analysis) is recommended but the requirement can be waived if requested by the student and his/her advisor after review by the Director of Graduate Studies.
- Beyond that, a minimum of 8 GPA credit hours at the 500 level (excluding NEUS 501) must be obtained by all students. NEUS 501 is required and the credits do not count toward the elective credits.
- The requirement for NEUS 403/483 (Neuroanatomy) and NEUS 502 (Foundations of Neuroscience II) are waived for MSTP students.
Electives (500 level courses) and the Preliminary Examination should be completed by the end of the first year in the third year (first year as graduate student).
Upon completing the preliminary examination, MD/PhD students are required to meet with their Dissertation Advisory Committee every six months and are required to participate in Journal Club (NEUS 595) and the Spring Neuroscience Graduate Research Symposium. MD/PhD students must successfully complete and defend their dissertations before resuming their professional medical training.
Master of Science in Neuroscience
Currently, a Master’s of Science Degree in Neuroscience for physician residents in Psychiatry is also available. Please visit https://gpn.uic.edu/apply/masters-of-science-degree/ for more information.
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