This publication assesses whether MD-PhD programs are collectively training a diverse cohort of men and women who can combine their clinical perspectives with high-quality research across a broad spectrum of disciplines. Results are based on a study of the graduates of 80 MD-PhD programs. Information from 6,786 survey respondents were combined with data for all MD-PhD program alumni from several AAMC databases.
This publication highlights key outcomes for MD-PhD program alumni: Most (almost 80%) of MD-PhD program alumni survey respondents are following career paths consistent with the goals of their training. More than 75% of survey respondents indicated that they are doing research. The number of MD-PhD program graduates has increased but is around half of projected physician-scientist workforce needs. Trainee diversity is increasing, but slowly. This report provides actionable information for MD-PhD program directors, medical school leadership, policymakers, and potential MD-PhD program participants.