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Your coaching team, led by an expert in your proposed field of study, helps your application shine. With our guidance, you'll ace the MCAT, articulate your research agenda alongside your clinical motivations, and produce dazzling AMCAS essays that provide a persuasive argument for why an MD-PhD is right for you.
Earn As in those premedical prerequisites
Develop a strong premed resume with a balance of clinical and research experiences
MD-PhD programs will be looking to make sure that you are able to handle science as well as people, lab work as well as patient care. Your resume should display awareness and experience of both of these key pillars.
Engage deeply with your field of study
Make an MCAT preparation plan
Craft and polish your AMCAS, along with your additional MD-PhD essays
Bolster your AMCAS with a compelling suite of secondaries
Prepare for your interviews
Update letters and letters of intent
We are dynamic coaches who think strategically about helping our students gain admission into the most selective American medical programs. As a prerequisite, we only work with coaches who have attended the top schools in the country. But, we also look for experienced editors, smart project managers, and tactical thinkers.Meet everyone
We are dynamic coaches who think strategically about helping our students gain admission into the most selective American medical programs. As a prerequisite, we only work with coaches who have attended the top schools in the country. But, we also look for experienced editors, smart project managers, and tactical thinkers.
Emma is a PhD student in French Literature at Harvard. She holds an MA in French (Harvard), as well as a BA in French Studies and BM in Cello Performance (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities).
Claire earned her BS in Mollecular, Cellular, and Development Biology from Yale University. She is an MD student at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Chelsea graduated from Yale with a BA in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. Currenly, she is an MD/PhD student at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Graham holds an MD (Vanderbilt University Medical School) and MBA (Harvard Business School). He earned his BS from MIT in Materials Science & Engineering. Currently, he is an Emergency Medicine Resident at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
Joyce is currently an MD candidate at Harvard Medical School. She also graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Anthropology from Harvard, where her thesis won the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize.
Susan studied English at Rice and graduated summa cum laude. After serving in Teach for America, she earned her PhD in English at Harvard. She has held faculty positions at Wake Forest and Yale and currently lives in London.
Paul is a PhD candidate in African and African American Studies at Harvard, where he has received multiple awards for his teaching, as well as several research fellowships, including a Fulbright-Hays fellowship.
Elliot earned his BS in Biology at MIT, and his MSc by Research in Clinical Medicine on a Rhodes Scholarshop at Oxford University. Currently, he is an MD/PhD student in the the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program.
Sam is a med student at Harvard Medical School. He holds a BS in Neurobiology & Philosophy (Cornell). Prior to medical school, Sam was a fellow in the NIH Department of Bioethics.
Amulya is an Anthropology PhD candidate at Harvard University. She earned her Bachelor's in Anthropology from University of Chicago, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Erin is a Fiction MFA student in the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She holds an MA in Modern & Contemporary Literature (University of Virginia) and BA in English (Rutgers University, summa cum laude with high honors).
Paul holds a BA in History (Yale) and MA in Global Affairs (Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University). A recipient of the Fulbright and Schwarzman Fellowships, Paul is currently a Presidential Management Fellow in Washington DC.
Maya is an MD student at Harvard Medical School. She graduated summa cum laude from Tufts with a BS in Biology and Community Health, where she was also a member of Tufts' oldest all female a cappella group.
Damari is a resident in orthopedic surgery at the University of California, Irvine. He earned his MD at Harvard Medical School and his BA in Biochemistry and Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. He was a Rhodes Scholar Finalist in 2016.
Elizabeth is an MD/PhD student at NYU School of Medicine's Medical Scientist Training Program. She holds a BA in Biology with a minor in English from Hunter College.
Rana earned her BS in Biology and Molecular Biology at Brown, and then spent two years working in ovarian cancer research at Mass General Hospital. Currently, she is an MD student at Harvard Medical School.
Charlotte holds an MA in Hispanic Studies from Brown University and a BA in English and Spanish from Oxford University. She is a recipient of the Kossoff Prize for Leadership in Language Teaching.
Sanjay is an MD candidate at Harvard Medical School. He holds a BSPH in Nutrition from UNC Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar (Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa).
Caroline earned her Bachelor's degree from Harvard in Chemical and Physical Biology. After graduation, she conducted reserach in health economics and policy. She is currently a medical student at Harvard Medical School.
Ellen is an MD/PhD student at Harvard Medical School, where she conducts research on the dysregulation of cell death in cancer. She earned her Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry at Caltech.
Priyanka studied Molecular and Cellular Biology, Global Health, and Spanish at Harvard College (summa cum laude). She is now a medical student at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.
John is an MD student and 21st Century Scholar at UPenn. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Politics and History (Phi Beta Kappa), and earned his premed postbacc at Goucher College in Baltimore.
Chris is an MD student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He received his pre-med training at Columbia University and was awarded the Harry G DeMeo Scholarship. He earned his BA in Theater Studies from Emerson College.
Vera served in the US Air Force for 6 years. After the Air Force, she double-majored in Neuroscience and Mathematics at the University of Arizona. She is currently completing her MD/PhD at University of Washington in St. Louis.
Daniel is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and author of 5 books of literary nonfiction. He holds an MFA in Fiction (Columbia University), and has taught at Saint Ann's School, Columbia University, and elsewhere.
Passionate about medicine, public health, and creative writing, Victor spent four years at Howard University jumping between conducting HIV disparities research with the CDC and serving as the Editor-In-Chief of the Alternative Spring Break service program. Upon graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, he was conferred the Howard University Student Star Award for his servant leadership. Currently, Victor is pursuing his MD at Harvard Medical School.
Mariam currently teaches at UCLA in English and Comparative Literature, after earning her PhD there. She's also a Fiction MFA student at Columbia. She earned her BA in Comp Lit from Princeton (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and MSt in Islamic Art and Archaeology, with distinction, from Oxford.
Angela is an MD/PhD at Harvard and UPenn. She received an MSc in Medical Anthropology (Durham University), and a BA in Middle Eastern Studies with a minor in Chemistry (UPenn), summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kapa.
Michael earned his BA in Molecular Biology at Princeton University (magna cum laude). After graduation, he was a research assistant at The Rockefeller University in New York. He is currently an MD canditate at Harvard Medical School.
Ali is an MD/PhD student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. She received her BS from Boston College where she majored in Biology with a minor in Medical Humanities and was a Gabelli Presidential Scholar.
Joy is an MD/PhD candidate at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She earned a BS (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology) and BA (Anthropology) from Brown, and completed a postbacc fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.
Gabby received a PhD in Government from Harvard University, where she won two Bok Center Awards for Excellence in Teaching. She earned her BA in Political Science and Spanish from Indiana University.
Abraham attended Brandeis University, graduating summa cum laude with highest honors in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Neuroscience, and Chemical Biology, along with a minor in Legal Studies, and his Master of Science in Biology. He then received his MD at Harvard Medical School. He now works as a medical resident at NYU Langone Health.
Maryann holds a BS in Molecular Biology from Pomona College (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), where she was a nationally ranked NCAA tennis player. Currently, Maryann is pursuing an MD from Harvard-MIT.
Emily graduated from Yale, where she majored in English and was a varsity athlete. She then worked for a technology startup and a human rights nonprofit before pursuing her MD at Columbia University.
Pooja studied Biological Sciences & Psychology at Cornell University before attending Weill Cornell Medical College. Presently, she's a pediatric neurology resident at Lurie Children's Hospital.
Phani holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering and an MS in Biomedical Sciences from Rutgers, and an MS in Bioethics from Harvard. He's currently working on a NASA-funded project at Brigham and Women's.
Morgan holds Masters' degrees in Maritime Archaeology (University of Southampton) and European History (University College London). She is a member of the Oceangate Titanic Expedition scientific team.
Ivy graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts and BAs in Comparative Literature, Anthropology, and French from Cornell University. She's presently a PhD student in Comparative Literature at Harvard.
Rahul is an MD/PhD student at Harvard-MIT. He earned his BSE at UPenn in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Biology, where he also founded Access Engineering to offer free engineering courses to underserved high schoolers.
Adrienne received her English PhD from Harvard University, her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and her BA from Princeton University. She is a nonfiction writer and poet, and teaches in the Writing Program at Princeton University.
Sneha studied Microbiology at Ohio State, minoring in French in order to combine her passions for the sciences and humanities. She's currently pursuing her MD/MS at NYU's Grossman School of Medicine.
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Olivia graduated summa cum laude from Tufts with a degree in Biology and Community Health. She went straight from Tufts to Harvard Medical School, where she is studying in the Pathways MD program.
Daniel is a PhD candidate in Chinese History at UC Berkeley. He holds a BA in English & French literature and Chinese language (University of Texas), a JD (Yale Law), and an MA in Sinology (University of London).
Michaela is an MD/PhD at Harvard-MIT. She holds a BS in Biochemistry with minors in Philosophy and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Colorado (summa cum laude), where she was an NCAA Division I, All-American track athlete.
Thomas earned his BS in Chemistry at Duke. He is currently an MD/PhD at Harvard-MIT. In the Harvard Immunology Program, he is studying how the immune system responds to severe viral infections such as COVID-19
Cameron graduated summa cum laude with an AB in Neuroscience and a minor in Linguistics from Princeton, earning election to Phi Beta Kappa. He is currently pursuing an MD degree at Harvard Medical School with the eventual goal of working in academic medicine.
Grey received his BA in English from Reed College, and his MA in French and his PhD in History from Yale. His dissertation, published in French in 2018 and under contract in English with Verso Books, examines the military coup that returned General Charles de Gaulle to power.
Stefan attended the University of Scranton, where he majored in Biochemistry and Biomathematics. There, he received Excellence in Biochemistry, Excellence in Biomathematics, and American Chemical Society Awards. He's currently pursuing his MD at Harvard Medical School.
Christopher holds a BA in History and a minor in Chinese (Mandarin) from Chapel Hill, an MA in Security Studies from Kansas State University, and an MA and PhD in History from UVA. At UVA, he won the Class of 1985 Fellowship for Creative Teaching.
Matthew holds an AB in Government from Harvard and a PhD in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University. He's a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan.
Kellen holds a BA from Princeton in History & African American Studies, and a PhD from Columbia in History. She was a Predoctoral Fellow at UPenn’s McNeil Center for Early American Studies, and is now working on her Postdoctoral Fellowship at Penn State University.
Nate earned a triple major in Biochemistry, Cognitive Sciences, and Psychology at Rice University, his MD/PhD at Georgetown University, and his PhD in Neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health. He is now starting his neurology residency at Stanford.
Udodiri is a PhD Candidate in History of Science at Harvard University; she previously earned a BA in the same field at Harvard College. Her honors thesis on the biomedicalization of Civil Rights Protest in the 1960s and 1970s received the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize.
John has been a professional writer, editor, and teacher for almost 40 years, working with everyone from students to corporate executives to help them get their good ideas down on paper in a clear and comprehensible way. He has taught at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, CT., and at Moses Brown School, in Providence, RI.
Samantha attended Stanford University, where she explored the role of synaptic proteins in visual system development for her honors thesis research. She graduated with a BS in Biology conferred with honors and with distinction. She is currently pursuing a combined MD/PhD at Harvard Medical School and MIT in the Health Sciences and Technology program.
Fang is a MD candidate at Harvard Medical School, spending his time conducting research at the Harvard Institute of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology. He holds a DPhil in Cardiovascular Medicine from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Sunny is an MD candidate at Harvard Medical School. Previously, she spent seven years researching neurodegenerative diseases. Notably, she was a part of a group studying cell replacement therapy for Parkinson’s disease which, in 2021, entered a Phase I clinical trial for patients with advanced Parkinson's disease
Marta is an MD Candidate at Harvard Medical School. Prior to matriculating at Harvard, Marta headed to Bonn, Germany as a Fulbright scholar. There, she conducted research related to Parkinson's disease and expanded her German language skills.
Isa designed an independent major at Williams College titled “Critical Health Studies,” combining philosophy, sociology, and anthropology with the goal of complementing her science-oriented pre-medical education with a humanist and critical exploration of health and medicine. After graduating with Highest Honors, she is now an entering MD-PhD student at the University of Michigan where she will complete her doctoral work in sociocultural anthropology.
Olivia attended the University of Rochester, studying Neuroscience and American Sign Language. She's pursuing her MD at Harvard Medical School, where she’s exploring her interests in pediatrics and neonatology.
A Florida native, Jalen traded sunshine for scholastics and is now an MD and MPP Candidate at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School respectively. He spent his undergrad at Dartmouth College where he majored in Ecology.
Wilton is pursuing an MD at Yale School of Medicine (expected graduation in 2026). Previously, he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Pav graduated magna cum laude with a BSE in Chemical and Biological Engineering and minors in Engineering Biology and Global Health Policy from Princeton. He is now an MD-PhD student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mary is a resident physician in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and an incoming Stanford dermatology resident. She received her MD degree from Yale School of Medicine and her BS in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Yale University.
Rasheca was a Robertson scholar who attended Duke University and also had the opportunity to simultaneously major at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. At Duke, Rasheca majored in Public Policy and at UNC Rasheca majored in Nutrition. She graduated in 2020 summa cum laude, with distinction, and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She is currently pursuing a medical degree at Harvard Medical School.
Diane is a MD/MS candidate at Columbia University, where she has recently published a first author manuscript in cardiothoracic surgery research. Previously, she studied Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
Sam graduated with a degree in Physics from Princeton University. After graduation, she taught physics at a high school in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She's currently pursuing her MFA in fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Mary completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University. She previously completed her MD at Harvard Medical School and her MPH at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Miki received her PhD in Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at UIUC. After receiving her BA magna cum laude from Macaulay Honors College at Lehman College, CUNY, she completed a U.S. Fulbright grant in Nepal, worked at the Harvard School of Public Health and NIH, and did MA studies at Universität Heidelberg in Health and Society in South Asia.
Nic found graduated from Princeton University in 2018 with a degree in Molecular Biology and Creative Writing, cum laude. Then, Nic completed a research year at Princeton Neuroscience Institute prior to starting at Harvard Medical School, where they are currently an MD candidate. They have received Harvard’s Presidential Public Service Scholarship and the REACH Scholarship.
Kanan attended Yale University, where she earned a BS Intensive Degree in Molecular/Cellular Biology. Kanan completed medical school in three years through acceptance into NYU’s highly selective accelerated-MD program. She is now a resident physician with the NYU Langone Hospital System.
Tarika graduated with dual degrees in Philosophy and Biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. She then spent a year as a research fellow at the Mayo Clinic Biomedical Ethics Research Program in Rochester, Minnesota before moving to Boston to pursue her MD at Harvard Medical School.
Matthew is pursuing an MD at Harvard Medical School. Previously, he graduated from Roanoke College as the Class Valedictorian, as well as summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Allison is currently a psychiatry resident at Tufts Medical Center. She is passionate about medical education reform and LGBTQ+ mental health. She holds an MD/MPH from Tufts and a BA in Biology and Anthropology fro Washington University in St Louis.
Michael holds a BA in Mathematics and American Studies at Wesleyan University, and a PhD in American Studies at Harvard University. His studies focus on 19th century US history and the history of the life sciences.
Lois earned her BS in Biochemistry, Honors at the University of Texas at Austin. Lois is currently pursuing her MD at Harvard Medical School. Through medicine, Lois aspires to improve the health of rural communities (like the one that raised her).
Connor is a PhD Candidate in Religion at Columbia University; his dissertation focuses on the relationship between religion, science, and technology in contemporary America. He also holds an MPhil and MA in Religion from Columbia, an a BA in Religion from Vassar College.
Preeti holds a degree in Human Biology from Stanford University. She is now an MD/MBA candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles and is interested in pursuing internal medicine.
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Who should apply to MD-PhD programs?MD-PhD programs are designed for those who want to become research physicians (or “physician-scientists”). Research physicians are trained to conduct research in addition to treating patients.
Are MD-PhD programs limited to preparation for laboratory research?It varies school to school. Most MD-PhD students receive their PhD in a biomedical laboratory, researching cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, pharmacology, neuroscience, or biomedical engineering. Some schools have programming that allows MD-PhD students to research outside of laboratory disciplines (example: in fields like economics, epidemiology, health care policy, sociology, or the history of medicine).
Do I need a PhD?Medical school alone does not provide formal training in research methodology, so you will need to fulfill that aspect of your education at some point if you hope to become a research physician. Postdoctoral fellowships can provide this training, but the total time is not necessarily shorter and the costs are not necessarily cheaper than committing to an MD-PhD program.
What is MD/PhD training like?Students typically begin with 2 years of medical school, move to graduate school in their third year, and then return to complete medical school after defending their thesis research project. Summers are often spent doing lab rotations; depending on the school, this clinical work can range from casual, part-time work to extensive, full-time experiences.
How long does it take to complete an MD-PhD program?Students usually complete the full requirements for both the MD and PhD degrees in seven to eight years.
What are the costs associated with MD-PhD programs?Program costs differ: some schools may award a fellowship that includes full tuitions, fees, and a stipend, whereas other schools may require you to pay for all or part of these fees.
How many MD-PhD programs are there?There are more than 100 MD-PhD programs affiliated with medical schools in the US.
What happens to the graduates of MD-PhD programs?Most graduates begin careers focused on research, whether it’s lab-based, translational, or clinical. As such, most graduates work at academic medical centers, research institutions, or in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry. Additional clinical training through postdoctoral fellowships may also be pursued.
We’ve created a structured yet flexible pricing plan that offers everything you need to succeed.
Hourly Rate1 Hour
All of our coaching is available on an hourly basis. If you're not sure how much coaching you'll need, you can enroll in our "pay as you go" option.
First Time Package5 Hours
The First Time Package allows for 2 hours with a strategy coach and 2 hours with a writing coach, as well as an initiating “huddle” for both your coaches and Cambridge Coaching admin to align on the strongest possible narrative for your candidacy. Most students who complete this block of hours will have developed a general argument for admission, along with outlines for their personal statement and 3 most meaningful activities.
AMCAS Package20 Hours 5% OFF
This package is designed for students seeking coaching specifically geared towards their AMCAS. Your coach guides you through the crafting of your essay, from an initial brainstorm and positioning discussion through to the final product, as well as helping you to structure and polish your activities list, so it’s as effective as it can be. Allows for several one-hour or 30-minute consultations as well as time for your coach to provide remote feedback and editing.
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PhD Supplement Package20 Hours 5% OFF
This package is designed to address the PhD supplement essays including your "Why MD/PhD" essay and your "Research Statement" essay. Allows time for remote feedback and editing by your team. Some students may require more time; this package represents our best estimate.
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Secondaries Package30 Hours 5% OFF
Your coaches guide you through research and outlining of your secondary essays, and then help you project manage this intense phase of the application process. Allows for hours with both strategy and writing coaches, plus a "huddle" for both your coaches and Cambridge Coaching admin to align on your candidacy. Represents our best estimate for 20 secondary applications. Allows time for remote feedback and editing by your team.
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Interview Package5 Hours
Your MD/PhD strategy coach will work with you to synthesize your candidacy into an eloquent interview performance. Typically includes an initial brainstorm and outline phase followed by rehearsal in the form of one or more mock interviews and feedback.
Comprehensive Package80 Hours 10% OFF
Comprehensive guidance on the process with a coaching team consisting of a writer and MD/PhD strategist. We will guide you through your AMCAS, your MD/PhD supplement essays, as well as secondary applications. Team coaching will address school selection, writing, activities, interview preparation, and any other relevant aspects of the applications. Allows time for remote feedback and editing by your team. Represents our best estimate; applicants may need more or less time with their coaches.
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We have 4 tiers of coaches. The coach’s tier is based on the experience level of the coach with our team. All coaches begin working with Cambridge Coaching at the Standard tier.