Millennium PhD


Program Director: Dr. Hardy Kornfeld

Program Description

In the new millennium, collaborative efforts between basic and clinical investigators is crucial to realize the wealth of knowledge derived from the human genome project and other important discoveries in biomedical research. These collaborative relationships will result in significant improvements in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases.

The Millennium PhD Program (MPP) ensures that physicians are equipped with the tools necessary to allow patients to benefit from the remarkable advances in knowledge derived from the basic biomedical research. 



The MPP grants PhD degrees to people who previously earned an MD. The students are given substantial credit for medical school classes, so that only a minimum number of additional didactic courses (as few as one) are required before the student can take a qualifying exam. 

The student stipend is divided among three areas; the clinical department pays the percentage for time working in the clinical area plus benefits, the Graduate School pays the traditional student stipend and the Thesis Advisor pays the balance. 


Requirements for MPP

During the MPP training years the student is required to devote a minimum of 80% time to graduate studies and research. Up to 20% can be spent doing other activities such as clinical rotations. There is a typical qualifying exam and thesis defense requirement. The student and mentor can chose members of the Research Advisory Committee from any faculty in an existing GSBS program. 



To obtain a PhD degree from MPP, a candidate will:

  • have received an MD or its equivalent degree, is in the process of completing, or has completed, clinical residency and/or fellowship training. 
  • pass required course work. 
  • pass the qualifying exam. 
  • write a PhD dissertation on candidate's original research. 
  • pass the final PhD exam.

The PhD Degree issued will be in Biomedical Sciences.

Eligibility

Admission to the MPP is limited to physicians already affiliated with UMass Medical School and who have already identified a mentor and department willing to cover their part of the total stipend. The MPP encourages applications from UMMS physicians with an MD or equivalent degree and UMMS graduate and undergraduate medical students who are officially enrolled in any of the clinical clerkship, residency and/or fellowship programs at UMMS, or who have completed such clinical training. Medical students applying for MPP must receive their MD before starting MPP training. Candidates will be reviewed and selected for participation in the program by the MPP Advisory Board.



Typical MPP candidates are physicians in subspecialty fellowship programs who are doing research and contemplating KO8 applications. Other typical candidates are medical residents enrolled in the research track. 



The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences recognizes the power of a diverse student body and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.

The University provides equal opportunity and access to all applicants and students. The University adheres strictly to all applicable state and federal regulations relating to nondiscrimination and equal opportunity.