Dual Degree Programs
The Dual Degree Programs at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science exemplify the University's commitment to the training of physician-scientists for careers in academic medicine and biomedical research. To achieve this goal, the Programs are sponsored by the Chicago Medical School and Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in conjunction with the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Students interested in interdisciplinary research will find many opportunities at RFUMS in one of three main areas of research; Molecular and Cellular Processes, Neuroscience, and Structural Biology/Biochemistry. The PhD Degree is earned in one of the following disciplines; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Anatomy, Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience, or Physiology and Biophysics.

The Dual Degree Programs are fully-funded programs designed for selected students who are interested in a career as physician scientists and whose experience and education has placed major emphasis on science. The goal of the programs is to prepare medical scientists skilled in the study of modern biology as members of clinical and pre-clinical faculties of medicine or as clinical investigators. 

Stipend Support:


  • Stipend support of $23,665 per annum for all years in the program. (both clinical years and doctoral years).
  • Tuition waiver for all years in the program (both clinical years and doctoral years)


  • Stipend support of $23,665 per annum for all years in the program. (both clinical years and doctoral years).
  • Tuition waiver for those years of the program when the student is in the doctoral phase of the program.

The University reserves the right to require tuition and stipend repayment for students who leave the Program. The decision to require repayment will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


This Combined Degree Program requires a minimum of six years of full-time study for their completion. Throughout their tenure in the program, students are mentored by both a program advisor and a self-selected physician scientist, as well as by a research advisor during their PhD training.

The curriculum of the program is divided into two parts. Phase I consists of a four to seven year phase comprised of a full-time graduate didactic and research program which incorporates the first two years of medical school curriculum. In Phase II of the program, students transition to the M3 and M4 clinical training years of medical school while continuing integrated research experiences (clinical and/or basic science).

DPM/PhD and Track II MD/PhD Options
The DPM/PhD Program is available to Podiatry students who have competed 2 years of regular Podiatric Medicine study. Students interested in becoming a DPM/PhD would apply to the program during the first quarter of their 2nd year of school. If accepted, the student would begin their Combined Degree studies at the completion of their P2 year by going directly into their PhD studies. The Track II MD/PhD option follows the DPM/PhD model, with interested Medical students applying to the Combined Degree Program during the first quarter of their M2 year and beginning studies upon completion of the M2 year.

Successful DPM/PhD and Track II MD/PhD applicants should have significant research experience at RFUMS and the recommendation of a faculty member for the program. These students must have maintained a minimum of a 3.5 GPA in their studies at RFUMS. Students accepted into the program may have already selected a possible research mentor, but are strongly encouraged to rotate through other labs at the University to become familiar with ongoing research opportunities and resources available to them as students.
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