About the MD-PhD Program

Our Program

The Keck School of Medicine’s MD-PhD Program is a fully funded joint program of the University of Southern California (USC) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), that is designed for individuals who aspire to a career in academic medicine or a leadership role in the biomedical industry. The mission of the program is to train a qualified and diverse group of students to become the next generation of physician scientists that are enabled to make important breakthroughs in medical science. Through the program, an individual acquires the required skills for physician competence. The MD-PhD Program provides for the development of research expertise and academic excellence while fulfilling the requirements for a PhD degree in a variety of subject areas.

The MD-PhD Program benefits from the expertise of the highly ranked schools and programs, that include the Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, Viterbi School of Engineering, and the School of Pharmacy. The Hospitals at Keck Medical Center of USC are highly ranked in patient care. LAC+USC Medical Center is one of the premiere trauma center in the country. Caltech is a world leader in basic research that has outstanding faculty in all areas.

Personalized Mentoring

USC-Caltech MD-PhD students receive personalized mentorship from directors and faculty throughout the duration of the program.

Research Opportunities

USC and Caltech provide vast opportunities for conducting forefront research. Students are able to pursue the PhD in many fields of interest. The program has strength in engineering at both institutions.

World Class Facilities

Excellent research opportunities are supported by state of the art facilities at USC and Caltech. Members of the MD-PhD program have access to centers like the Eli & Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research, the Mark & Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute, and the Michelson Center for Convergent Biosciences.

David Hinton, MD

David Hinton, MD
Co-Director of MD-PhD Program

Mark E. Davis, MD

Mark E. Davis, PhD
Co-Director of MD-PhD Program