M.D./Ph.D. Program


Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Students seeking admission to the MD/PhD program must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. 

The program follows the Medical School Admissions process and requirements. Applicants are encouraged to review the UToledo Medical School Admissions page for the most up to date information.

Students admitted into the program will have evidence of significant and sustained laboratory-based research experience and a strong commitment to a research career. The applicant’s contribution to this research should reflect not only a familiarity with techniques and procedures, but also a role in designing experiments, analyzing data, summarizing results, and presenting findings to scientific colleagues. Students should also understand and be able to explain the significance of their research.

The applicant should be well- rounded and have evidence of leadership roles in their extracurricular activities. Volunteer experiences in a medical setting help demonstrate familiarity with the medical system and a commitment to helping others.

Applying to the M.D./Ph.D. Program

Applicants should submit their application using the American Medical College Application Services (AMCAS). This application provides prospective students with the option of indicating interest in a combined MD/PhD program and an additional essay prompt is available for applicants to express their motivation for entering such a program. Selected applicants will be sent a secondary application from UTCOMLS requesting additional information and essays. One of these essays pertains to the MD/PhD program.

When requesting recommendation letters for the medical school application, one should be aware that letters for MD/PhD applicants should address the prospective student’s research experience and aptitude for a research career in addition to the standard letter content.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, contact the University of Toledo Medical School Admissions Office 419.383.3680 or  MedAdmissions@utoledo.edu

Selection of Ph.D. Track

At the time of application to the dual degree program, applicants should select a Ph.D. track or major from among the five possible options that best align with their research interests.  Students will matriculate into that track when they commence their Ph.D. studies.  The five tracks are centered upon major areas of biomedical science and disease and are:

Applicants should indicate their track of interest and reason for selecting it within the MD/PhD essay of the UToledo secondary application.

The Interview Process 

The University of Toledo uses the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) process for Medical School applicants. In addition, MD/PhD applicants will be interviewed by the PhD track Admission Committee.

Applicants will have the opportunity to meet with current MD/PhD students during the admission process at informational session specific for the MD/PhD program. An additional visit to the HSC can be arranged if the applicants requests. 

Admissions and Scholarship Decisions

Applicants to the MD/PhD program undergo several reviews. First applicants are reviewed by the Medical School Admissions Committee. If accepted into Medical School, they are then considered by the PhD Admissions Committee and the track of interest. The application will then be reviewed by the MD/PhD Steering Committee.

All admitted MD/PhD applicants will be reviewed by the MD Scholarship Committee to determine medical school tuition scholarships. Currently two medical school tuition scholarships are available per class. Students who do not receive the MD/PhD scholarship are encouraged to apply for other COMLS scholarships. For more information see MD Scholarships.

All MD/PhD Students will receive a tuition scholarship and living stipend during the PhD years of their program.


Last Updated: 6/21/22