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MD/PhD Program

Our MD/PhD Program, the largest national program of its kind, trains and mentors the next generation of physician scientists.

Physician scientists are trained as medical doctors and scientists. They are in the unique position of pursuing both scientific research and clinical practice, translating academic excellence into health care excellence for Canadians every day. Our program attracts the very best medical researchers to U of T PhD programs, and has produced successive generations of innovative health leaders. Through collaborative and interdisciplinary research, we are advancing medicine and improving health around the world.

The MD/PhD Program trains physician scientists who are well prepared for both research and clinical practice, highly competitive and productive.

You may apply for admission into the MD/PhD Program at the same time as your MD application, or during your first year of medical school at U of T.

We have a wide array of research training opportunities available.

We live during a time of remarkable advances in the sciences that span the expanse of biomedical to health services research. Indeed, there has never been a time when it is so exciting to do science; never has there been such potential for discovery and application of these discoveries for the benefit of human health.
Nicola Jones, MD, PhD, MD/PhD Program Director
May 19, 2022
A scientific riddle now has an answer. MD/PhD student Glenn Walpole is part of a team that solved the mystery of how Salmonella, which is known for causing food-borne illness, manipulates a fundamental class of cellular lipids. 
Apr 27, 2022
Temerty Medicine's MD Program has announced the winners of its annual teaching awards. This year's honourees include the recipients of the new Excellence in Resource Stewardship Teaching Award.
Feb 22, 2022
Amr Saleh was a third-year medical student at the University of Toronto when he met a patient receiving treatment for ependymoma. He wanted to learn more about the disease, but couldn’t find a comprehensive review of its biology and current therapies — so, he proposed writing one.