MD-PhD & MS

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.

In general, MD/PhD students are required to meet all the requirements of the Graduate Program as defined for the PhD students.  Nevertheless, the Director of Graduate Studies will work closely with the students and their advisers to design a program that best suits the needs and talents of the individual students.

Students typically begin their professional course work with the first two years of the Medical School curriculum. They are required to complete their laboratory rotations during these first two years.  Beyond that, a minimum of 8 GPA credit hours at the 500 level (not including core courses, GCLS 503 and NEUS 501) must be obtained by all students.  NEUS 501 (Foundations of Neuroscience I) 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.  GCLS 503 (Cell Biology) 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.  Electives (500 level courses) and the Preliminary Examination should be completed by the end of 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/Ph/D students must successfully complete and defend their dissertations before resuming their professional medical training.

Currently, a Master’s of Science Degree in Neuroscience for physician residents in Psychiatry is also available. Admission requirements are similar to those for the doctoral program; however, applicants must have Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from a nationally accredited program and be accepted as residents in the Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. These master’s candidates will be supported from an NIMH Training Grant that is already in place at UIC that represents a specific initiative by the NIH to support the training of physician/scientists. No other candidates for a terminal Master of Science degree will be considered at this time; however, we are in the process of revising our MS program. Students with terminal master’s degrees do not command any additional advantage in competing for academic positions; entry level research assistant positions usually require no more than a Bachelor of Science degree. More appropriate master’s degree programs for students who wish to advance in industry or education are available in the Department of Biological Sciences or Psychology.

Contact Dr. Mark Rasenick for more specific information regarding the Master’s Program for Psychiatry residents.