MD-PhD

Navigating one intense application process is no small feat, let alone two at once. We're here to help you on your journey to becoming a physician-scientist.

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Process

Are you ready to become a physician-scientist?

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.

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Earn As in those premedical prerequisites

Your science coursework and GPA are crucial to your MD-PhD application and your career as a physician-scientist.  Focus your attention on doing as well as possible in these courses.
Check out our premed services
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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.

From our blog: finding research opportunities
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Engage deeply with your field of study

MD-PhD programs seek applicants who have a meaningful research background and clear goals for a future lab agenda. To prepare yourself for the MD-PhD path, you’ll need to seek out undergraduate research opportunities and demonstrate initiative as a scientist.
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Make an MCAT preparation plan

The MCAT is a comprehensive, content-based exam that covers all major premedical subjects and requires strong reading comprehension and standardized testing skills.  Your overall timeline should include three to six months of focused MCAT preparation.
Learn more about our MCAT program
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Craft and polish your AMCAS, along with your additional MD-PhD essays

The work of any premed culminates in the AMCAS primary application, which requires strategic positioning and thoughtful written execution. For MD-PhDs, there are two additional essays to complete: the “Why MD-PhD" essay and the “Significant Research Experience" essay.
View a sample syllabus
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Bolster your AMCAS with a compelling suite of secondaries

Once you submit your AMCAS, you’ll work on supplemental, school-specific prompts to support your candidacy at individual programs.
From our blog: project managing your secondaries
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Prepare for your interviews

Medical school programs require a range of different interview types as part of the admissions process. In all cases, careful messaging and rehearsal are crucial to a successful outcome.
From our blog: how to tackle Multiple Mini Interviews
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Update letters and letters of intent

The medical school admissions process is long and sometimes requires additional documentation months after your initial AMCAS submission.  If you are still waiting for interviews or replies from programs well into the winter after your submission, a letter might be the right next step for you.

Coach spotlight

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 Zc.

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 D.

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 M.

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 V.

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.

Morgan

Morgan earned her MD at Harvard Medical School, and is completing an Emergency Medicine Residency. She earned her BA in Hispanic Studies with a minor Biology at the College of William & Mary (Phi Beta Kappa).

Joyce

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

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 C.

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

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.

Daniel G.

Daniel is a med student at Harvard Medical School. He earned his bachelor's in International Studies with a double minor in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Denver, where he received the prestigious Pioneer Award.

Logan

Logan is currently an MD candidate at Harvard Medical School. He holds a BA in Neuroscience from Dartmouth, where he was named a James O. Freedman Presidential Scholar for his research.

Sam D.

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 M.

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 B.

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 W.

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 B.

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

Damari is a medical student at Harvard Medical School. He earned his BA in Biochemistry and Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. He was a Rhodes Scholar Finalist in 2016.

Elizabeth G.

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

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

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 G.

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 B.

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 Y.

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 N.

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.

Chris D.

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 T.

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 Be.

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.

Evan G.

Evan is currently a medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Biology at Washington University in St. Louis.

Victor O.

Victor is an MD student at Harvard Medical School. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University, where he was awarded the Howard University Student Star Award for his servant leadership.

Mariam R.

Mariam is a PhD candidate in Comp Lit at UCLA and 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 P.

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 C.

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.

Alexandra M.

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

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.

Gabrielle M.

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.

Maryann Z.

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 R.

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 Ds.

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 P.

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 B.

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 D.

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

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

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

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.

Olivia K B.

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.

Tiwadeye

Tiwa earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering at Yale. Afterwards, she participated in clinical research at the Yale Fertility Center and volunteered at a children's health non-profit. She is now an MD candidate at Harvard.

Grey A.

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 2017 and under contract in English with Verso Books, examines the military coup that returned General Charles de Gaulle to power.

Christopher M.

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 G.

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 H.

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 L.

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.

Meet everyone

FAQs

  • 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. 

Plans

We’ve created a structured yet flexible pricing plan that offers everything you need to succeed.

Choose a Tutor Tier

Hourly Rate

1 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.

$ 120

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First Time Package

5 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.

$ 600

$ 800

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$ 1450

AMCAS Package

20 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.

$ 2280 You save $120

$ 3040 You save $160

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$ 5510 You save $290

PhD Supplement Package

20 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.

$ 2280 You save $120

$ 3040 You save $160

$ 4560 You save $240

$ 5510 You save $290

Secondaries Package

30 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.

$ 3420 You save $180

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Interview Package

5 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.

$ 600

$ 800

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$ 1450

Comprehensive Package

80 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.

$ 8640 You save $960

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Tutor Tiers

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.

  • Standard

    0-150 hours
    $120/hour

  • Senior

    150-200 hours
    $160/hour

  • Guru

    250-300 hours
    $240/hour

  • Master

    350+- hours
    $290/hour

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