MD/PhD students in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) of the UIC College of Medicine are welcomed into the Neuroscience Program. 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.
Normally, students will 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.