MD-PhD students begin the combined program by completing the first two years of Geisel Medical School. The students will also complete two summer research rotations; the first taking place in the summer between medical school years one and two, and the second rotation occurs following the second year of medical school. A thesis lab may be chosen after the second rotation. Students that have not successfully identified a thesis mentor from either of the first two rotations may opt to take a third research rotation immediately following the second research rotation. Once an MD-PhD student chooses his/her PEMM lab, the student formally becomes a member of the PEMM program and begins working full time on his or her PhD.
MD-PhD students are exempt from PEMM 101, 102, and 103. Some MD coursework may be considered equivalent to some PEMM coursework, so MD-PhD students may be exempted from some elective PEMM courses. MD-PhD students often take two PEMM courses beyond their MD coursework and are responsible for completing all other PEMM requirements, which include: (1) a qualifying exam, (2) attendance at Program functions, (3) an approved ethics course (4) a thesis, and (5) a thesis seminar and defense. Program functions include journal club participation, Research-in-Progress seminars (RIPs), and program seminars.