The Tri-Institutional M.D.-Ph.D. Program allows outstanding applicants to obtain both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in preparation for careers as physician scientists. Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, Rockefeller University, and Sloan Kettering Institute comprise a tri-institutional group of world-renowned biomedical research institutions on contiguous campuses. Students experience the excitement of modern biomedical science through a specially tailored course of study, and unrestricted access to experienced mentors in leading research laboratories.
The faculties at Weill Cornell, Rockefeller, and Sloan Kettering are among the most distinguished in the world, including numerous Nobel laureates. These three institutions are the home of more than 35 members of the National Academy of Sciences.
All students accepted into the Tri-Institutional M.D.-Ph.D. Program receive full scholarships, and stipends to cover living expenses for the entire period of study.
The M.D. with Honors in Research Program recognizes achievements in biomedical research by Weill Cornell Medical College students not enrolled in M.D./Ph.D. programs. In order to obtain this degree, a student must successfully complete a laboratory or clinical research project, at Weill Cornell or an affiliated medical center, supervised by a member of the Weill Cornell faculty who is actively involved in research.
Earning an M.D. with Honors in Research degree requires student submission of a quality research project, as well as completion of a body of work to comprise a scientific paper suitable for publication in a major scientific journal. The research report, endorsed by the faculty sponsor, will be submitted to the Chairman of the Student Research Committee, and reviewed by two referees prior to Student Research Committee approval.
Students who demonstrate outstanding leadership, innovation and commitment to service have the opportunity to receive the designation of a Doctor of Medicine with Honors in Service, at the time of graduation.
To receive this recognition, the student must perform significant service in the community or medical college, and submit an original scholarly paper related to this work, under the sponsorship of a faculty member. Student applicants determined by the Service Committee to have fulfilled these criteria will be considered for receiving the Honors in Service recognition at commencement.
Dual Degree Program
Weill Cornell Medical College has partnered with The Johnson School of Management at Cornell University to offer medical students this option of earning an M.B.A. in just 12 months. The M.D.-M.B.A. dual degree is designed for students who want to pursue a career in medicine and business, and prepares them for leadership roles in major health organizations, pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms and other health-related businesses.
Students who will receive a dual degree will begin their program in the medical college and typically take a year of absence between their third and fourth years, joining The Johnson School's Accelerated M.B.A. (AMBA) program in May of their third year of medical school, and completing the MBA degree requirements by the following May.
Please visit The Johnson School One-Year M.B.A. for application requirements and deadlines
Lee Family Scholarship
One medical or graduate student each year (alternating years, two students) will be granted a full scholarship for the Johnson School portion of the Accelerated M.B.A. program, thanks to the generosity of Charles R. Lee and the Lee Family Foundation. This scholarship is awarded based on essay applications.
To be eligible for the Lee Family Scholarship, students must apply to the Johnson School for the AMBA Program no later than Round 2 for applications (December deadline).
Each year, representatives from The Johnson School present an information workshop on the Weill Cornell campus, generally in the evening of the second Monday of September. Information is presented about the AMBA Program, admission procedures and financial aid. This workshop is an excellent opportunity to address any questions regarding the program or scholarship.
Medical Student Acknowledgements
Maximilian J.V. Cruz
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Maximilian (Max) J.V. Cruz, a third-year medical student at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, N.J., has a deep commitment to community service and working with underserved populations. He first became involved with community outreach when he volunteered for a high school service trip to Appalachia, where he saw the effects of poverty and inadequate access to health care firsthand. He also participated in Aim High, a program designed to provide inner-city St. Louis high school students with an intensive summer session of tutoring to better prepare them for college.
University of California, Davis, School of Medicine
Lucy Ogbu-Nwobodo, a third-year student at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) School of Medicine, is dedicated to improving health care through social justice. Born in Nigeria, Lucy was brought by relatives to Oakland, California when she was 11 years old. The United States promised to provide a better life, but as an undocumented student for more than 12 years, Lucy had to fight for her own survival. She developed a strong sense of resilience in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine
Jaire Saunders, a first-generation American whose parents emigrated from Panama in their teens, was born and raised in Diamond Bar, California. He is a member of the inaugural graduating class of the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine. With a long history of community service and advocacy, he serves on the Council of African American Parents (CAAP), which advocates for excellence in higher education among African Americans in cities in several California counties.
Harvard Medical School
As a third-year student at Harvard Medical School (HMS), Mary Tate is passionate about working with underserved communities and eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities, especially in infant mortality, in the United States. She began cultivating her skills as a leader and mentor at Dartmouth College, where she received an A.B. in Biology (Genetics). She was the director of the Dartmouth Alliance for Children of Color, a program designed to promote positive cultural awareness and expression, and foster strong relationships between Dartmouth students and children of the African diaspora in the Upper Valley community. She served as the vice president of her sorority, which allowed her to plan community service events such as Sisters of CHaD, a program established during her tenure. Each academic term, sorority sisters visit the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, to play with the children and give their parents a break.