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.

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 PhD degree from either Weill Cornell Graduate School, The Rockefeller University or the Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School. Each year over 400 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.

Current Opportunities for Tri-institutional MD-PhD Program

Gateways to the Laboratory

Opportunity Type: Fellowship
Application Deadline: Applications for the 2016 program will be available Nov. 1st
Description: Every year, 15 students embark on a 10 week intensive journey of learning about the challenging and gratifying road of becoming a physician-scientist. Over the summer, students will:

  • Work independently on a research project at Weill Cornell Medical College, The Rockefeller University or Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, all located across the street from each other on the Upper East Side of New York City.
  • Present and participate in weekly journal clubs.
  • Participate in a hands-on tour of the Gross Anatomy Lab.
  • Sit for a Mock MCAT exam.
  • Partake in a Lab Techniques Workshop and Clinical Skills Workshop.
  • Participate in Career Development Workshops (Presentation Workshop and Interview Skills Workshop).
  • Scrub into surgeries at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
  • Give an oral, written and poster presentation of your research in front of your family, friends and colleagues.
  • Have on going mentorship by your "Big Sib" (a current MD-PhD student) as well as weekly meetings with the Program's leadership.

Contact Information

Tri-institutional MD-PhD Program
1300 York Avenue, Room C-103
New York, NY 10065-4805