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M.D./Ph.D. Program Ranked In Top 5 of Nation’s Programs

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Author: Will Sansom | Category: In The News | M.D./Ph.D. | June 24, 2016

The M.D./Ph.D. Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio ranked fifth out of 113 programs nationwide that reported training M.D./Ph.D. students during the 2015-2016 academic year, the program’s director announced.

The ranking is based on the percentage of students supported by highly competitive National Institutes of Health (NIH) F30 fellowships during academic year 2015-2016, said Program Director Dr. José E. Cavazos. Dr. Cavazos is assistant dean of the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Health Science Center.

Of 145 schools of medicine across the country, 113 enrolled M.D./Ph.D. students in their programs. Students in 73 programs received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellows (F30 awards) from the NIH during the academic year of 2015-2016.

Seven out of the 34 students in the M.D./Ph.D. Program at the School of Medicine earned NRSA F30 Awards. Each benefited from a workshop coordinated by Linda McManus, Ph.D., director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. The F30 award recipients during 2015-2016 were:

An eighth M.D./Ph.D. student—Tiffani Houston—has a fellowship from NIH called the F31 Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award.

According to the NIH, participating institutes award the fellowships to qualified applicants who have the potential to become productive, independent, highly trained physician-scientists and other clinician-scientists, including patient-oriented researchers in their scientific mission areas. These future investigators will have both clinical knowledge and skills in basic, translational or clinical research.

Students admitted into the M.D./Ph.D. Program are fully supported for the duration of their training, typically eight years.

“NIH fellowships enable us to recruit more M.D./Ph.D. students who will be the next generation of clinician scientists solving conundrums of human disease,” said Francisco González-Scarano, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and executive vice president for medical affairs at the Health Science Center.

The M.D./Ph.D. Program receives funding from the Health Science Center President’s Officethe School of Medicinethe Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and several endowments at the Health Science Center, including the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowment, the Brackenridge Foundation Endowment, the Greehey Family Foundation Endowment and the Harry F. Adler, M.D., Ph.D., Endowment.

Applications for enrollment in June 2017 are being accepted for the program through the AMCAS national application system, Dr. Cavazos said. Interested individuals may view a video about the M.D./Ph.D. Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

For more information about the M.D./Ph.D. Program, visit

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