The M3D PhD Program trains students to use advances in basic sciences to solve problems relevant to human disease; and to use insights from human disease processes to solve fundamental biological problems. Three core courses focus on mechanisms of disease, the impact of basic science on medicine, and human genetics, providing a rigorous intellectual foundation. Each student participates in Chief of Medicine rounds, and some students may also opt for a mentored clinical rotation in a more focused area relevant to the student’s thesis research. Students choose electives reflecting their own interests from the deep and varied menu offered by UW basic science and engineering departments. The M3D PhD Program is a collaborative effort among the Departments of Medicine, Pathology and Pediatrics. Thesis research is supervised by two mentors, one a basic scientist (the Research Mentor) and the other a clinician scientist (the Clinical Mentor), enabling students to complement their experimental work with exposure to relevant problems in the clinic. Students may identify Research Mentors from qualified faculty members with a primary appointment in one of those participating departments; faculty from other departments may train M3D PhD students, provided that the faculty member commits to support the student while in training. The M3D Program is designed for students to complete PhD training in five years, ready to take the next step in careers in academia, biotech, the pharmaceutical industry, education, publishing and public policy.
Dual Mentorship: Research and Clinical Mentors
A key feature of M3D PhD Program training is dual mentorship of each student. The Research Mentor provides laboratory space and supervises thesis research; and the Clinical Mentor promotes and facilitates awareness of the clinical significance of the project.
The Research Mentor is the direct supervisor of student research, providing guidance on choice of project, advice on experimental strategies, and support in developing communication skills necessary to career development.
The Clinical Mentor promotes and facilitates awareness of the clinical significance of the project. Faculty with clinical expertise in any department may serve as Clinical Mentors.
M3D Student Handbook
The M3D Program guidelines and curriculum along with Graduate School policies and procedures can be found in the M3D Student Handbook.
We encourage diversity among our students!
As befits an interdisciplinary program like M3D, our students represent diverse intellectual interests and scientific and personal backgrounds, and they seek to achieve a spectrum of professional and personal goals. We strive to create a warm and welcoming community for everyone. As part of this commitment, we embrace the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and we actively seek applicants who require accommodation, as further detailed on the UW Disability Services Office website.