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Dual Degree Programs

Dual Degree Programs

Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

Clifford V. Harding, MD, PhD, Program Director
George Dubyak, PhD, Program Co-Director
Derek Abbott, MD, PhD, Program Co-Director
Dominique Durand, Associate Director
Kathryn Schultz, Administrative Director
Crista Moeller, Program Coordinator
Jane Vogelsberger, Program Assistant

Nationally known for a curriculum that integrates basic and clinical sciences, the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has provided superior MD/PhD training since 1956 for students aspiring to dual careers in academic medicine and biomedical research. The CWRU Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) has several distinctive features, including:

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This program, offered in conjunction with Case Western Reserve University School of Law, may be completed in six years. The JD portion requires the completion of 88 credit hours of study. Admission is through the School of Medicine and the School of Law. For more information about the JD portion of the program, visit the Law School section, call the law school admissions office at 216.368.3600 or 800.756.0036, or e-mail

MD/MA Bioethics

The 27-credit-hour Master of Arts in Bioethics program, including a 12-hour foundations course taken during the first year of medical school, emphasizes the interdisciplinary and interprofessional nature of the field. It is designed to provide advanced training in bioethics for those who anticipate encountering ethical issues in the course of their primary careers. Medical school students complete the bioethics program while pursuing their medical degrees; no additional time is required. Admission for the master’s degree portion is through the Case Western Reserve University School of Graduate Studies. For more information about the MA requirements, call 216.368.6196, or e-mail .

Marie Norris, Graduate Student Coordinator

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MD/MS in Applied Anatomy

The core curriculum of this 30-hour, non-thesis master of science in applied anatomy degree program integrates aspects of modern molecular biochemistry, cell biology and physiology with the traditional aspects of anatomical structure and nomenclature of cells, tissues and organs. Electives allow students to pursue individual interests in special areas of research and health care. The program is excellent preparation for those preparing for biomedical careers or those planning to pursue a PhD.

Joseph Miller, PhD, Director
Christine Marshall
, Administrator

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Graduates of this 5-year master’s degree program are qualified to work in local and state health departments, universities and colleges, hospitals, ambulatory medical centers, non-profit organizations and the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. The four programs for the MPH program are:

Dual degree students are independently reviewed by the MPH Admissions Committee and the partner program admissions committee. Admission to each program is pursued separately and independently.

Aylin Drabousky, Administrative Director
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MD/MS in Biomedical Engineering


The goal of the MD/MS in Engineering is to prepare medical graduates to be leaders in the development and clinical deployment of this technology and to partner with others in technology based translational research teams. Current Case medical students in either the University Program (UP) or the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM) may apply to the MD/MS in Engineering program.

Students must complete the normal requirements in either MD program. Portions of the medical school curriculum earn graded credit toward the MD/MS degree. Six credit hours can be applied to the MS component of the joint degree.
The balance of 12 credit hours (4 courses) must be graduate level engineering concentration courses that provide rigor and depth in a field of engineering relevant to the area of research. All students attend monthly seminars focusing on the integration of engineering and medicine, with the opportunity to present their own research and to hear and interact with other presenters. Students must also complete training in the responsible conduct of research.

The thesis serves a key integration role for the joint degree, with both medical and engineering components. The thesis also fulfills the research requirement of the UP or CCLCM programs.

Students should apply through the BME department admissions office:
Carol Adrine
, Admissions Coordinator

For more information, see the Biomedical Engineering section or e-mail

MD/PhD Physicians Engineer Training Program      

The Physician-Engineer Training Program (PETP) is a dual-degree program leading to an MD and a PhD in biomedical engineering. The total program takes seven to eight years to complete. Students receive full financial support throughout the entire program. This includes all tuition costs, health service fees, computer fees and an annual stipend.

Students should apply through the BME department admissions office:
Carol Adrine
, Admissions Coordinator

For more information, see the Biomedical Engineering section or e-mail

MD/MS Biomedical Investigation

This five-year dual degree program is designed for students who wish to prepare for careers in basic or clinical research at academic medical centers. The core components of this degree are three to six graduate courses in a specific program chosen by the student based on his or her interest, six graded credits of medical school coursework, a common seminar series, training in scientific integrity, and a full-year research project culminating in a written report and examination by faculty. Programs include biochemistry, clinical investigation, epidemiology, health services research, nutrition, pathology, and physiology and biotechnology. Each program has specific course requirements. There is no tuition charge for the research year, and a stipend is provided.

216.368.3578 or 444.5222
William Merrick, PhD, Co-Director
Martha Cathcart, MD , Co-Director

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