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Med school revitalizing dual-degree program

Aug. 11, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University's School of Medicine is revitalizing its dual-degree program that has operated on an as-needed basis since it started in 1992.

The seven-year, research-focused program provides students with an opportunity to earn both an M.D. and Ph.D., meaning they can work in the medical field with patients and research.

"The School of Medicine is positioned to offer students interested in medical research an enriching experience that combines traditional medical education with laboratory research in an effort to develop new treatments for their patients," said Dr. Joe Shapiro, the new dean of the medical school. "The field of biomedical research is exploding with opportunity and we are thrilled to offer this degree option to our students."

Richard Niles, senior associate dean for research and graduate education, said most of the students interested in the dual-degree program are interested in careers in academic medicine.

"Students exploring careers in research and medicine have historically found themselves having to choose one field or the other," he said. "This option allows them to pursue dual goals, combining their desire to help others through both clinical and research experiences."

Niles says students interested in pursuing the combined degree will check off the corresponding box on their American Medical College Application Service application. When Marshall receives the applications, they will be flagged for review by a subcommittee consisting of members of the medical school admission committee and the graduate studies committee which, in turn, will make admissions recommendations.

For more information, visit www.musom.marshall.edu/md-phd.

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