Tri-Institutional M.D.-Ph.D. Program
The mission of the Tri-Institutional M.D.-Ph.D. Program is to educate and train physician-scientists, who are able to bridge the gap between laboratory research and clinical medicine and thereby contribute toward improving health and enhancing the quality of life by reducing disability and death from disease. Rockefeller participates in the program jointly with its two neighbors: the Weill Medical College and the Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University, and the Sloan-Kettering Institute at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Between 12 and 14 students are accepted into this highly competitive program every year, and at any one time 40 or so are performing thesis research in Rockefeller University's laboratories. Students spend their first two years in a unique medical school program consisting of problem-based learning, lectures and small group conferences, while also completing three research rotations. Following the completion of graduate studies and thesis research at either The Rockefeller University or Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences, students receive their Ph.D. degrees and then re-enter medical school to complete clinical rotations and receive their M.D. degrees.
Students who are also interested in the Ph.D. program of the Rockefeller University, as an alternative to the Tri-Institutional M.D.-Ph.D. program, must complete a separate application to that program.