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The Joint DPM/PhD Degree Program at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science exemplifies the University’s commitment to the interdisciplinary and interprofessional training of physician-scientists for careers in academic medicine and biomedical research. The Joint DPM/PhD Degree Program is sponsored by the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in conjunction with the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The program is intended for those students who are interested in a career that integrates podiatric medicine and research.

Students within the Joint DPM/PhD Degree Program begin their training by academic advancement through the first two years in the College of Podiatric Medicine. After passing the initial NBPME licensing exam, the student enters the PhD phase of their training and immediately begins research within the laboratory of their PhD mentor. A Research Committee is organized immediately upon entry into the laboratory. This committee will provide mentorship and guidance through the student’s academic and research activities.

The curriculum for each student within the Joint DPM/PhD Degree Program is individually tailored by the Research Committee to meet the student’s training and professional needs. Core requirements in bioethics, biostatistics, appropriate use of animals in research and procedures for human subjects in research, as well as presentation of scientific data must also be completed.

After completion of all requirements for the PhD, including successful defense of the dissertation, the student enters the third year of podiatric medical curriculum. Throughout the DPM and PhD phases of the program, the student is provided mentorship by both a physician-scientist and their research mentor.

Students within the Joint DPM/PhD Degree Program are typically supported by tuition waivers for the years within the PhD phase and stipends during completion of both degrees after admission into the Program. However, the University reserves the right to require tuition waiver and stipend repayment from students who leave the program. The decision to require repayment is considered on a case-by-case basis.