Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program

About Us

The Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program is training physician-scientists who will become the next generation of leaders in biomedical research. Weill Cornell Medical College, The Rockefeller University, and the Sloan Kettering Institute combine to form one of the few inter-institutional collaborations dedicated to joint MD and PhD training. 

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The mission of the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program is to educate and train physician-scientists, 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.

Since its inception in 1972, nearly 300 graduates have been prepared to tackle the urgent medical research needs of society. The Program awards the MD degree from Weill Cornell Medical College and the Ph.D. degree from either Weill Cornell Graduate School, The Rockefeller University or the Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School. Each year over 570 students apply for on average 18 positions per year, which are fully funded from start to finish-in part by the National Institutes of Health's Medical Scientist Training Program.

The eminent clinical and research faculties of the three institutions provide a stimulating environment for both basic research and medical training. With over 280 participating faculty members, and an organization that fosters student freedom and independence, the Program offers unparalleled opportunities for individualized research training. Graduates of the Program are thus prepared to lead tomorrow's biomedical research efforts and to carry the knowledge acquired from basic research to the bedside.

General information on MD-PhD training

Is an MD-PhD right for you?

See the 6/30/2009 MD-PhD podcast at the NIH and our own informational podcast, Tri-I Pod, hosted & produced by our Data Management & Education Assistant, Caroline Fulford. This panel discusses MD-PhD training, goals, careers and admissions. Questions are answered by seasoned MD-PhD directors and administrators. Listen to our Tri-I Pod Admissions MD-PhD Podcast