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Joseph Burch, a 4th year Ph.D. student, completed his first two years of medical school at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. His Ph.D. mentor is Dr. Harry A. Dailey at the University of Georgia.

M.D./Ph.D. Program

The University System of Georgia M.D./Ph.D. Program trains students in the research and clinical skills that will enable graduates to translate research findings into clinical outcomes.  This seven- to eight-year program prepares a diverse group of students who have a passion for medical research and a dedication to serving others for rewarding careers in biomedical research or in academic medicine.

Unlike many MD/PhD programs which adhere to a fixed entry schedule, the Augusta University - Medical College of Georgia curriculum offers greater flexibility, allowing students to enter at various stages of their medical education. The degree itself can be completed at the University of Georgia.

To encourage the education of physician-scientists, the state of Georgia waives tuition for M.D./Ph.D. students for the duration of the program so you can fully focus on your studies. In addition, M.D./Ph.D. students will receive an annual stipend of $24,000, heath insurance, and an additional $1,000 available for traveling and presenting original abstracts during graduate studies. What's more, the cost of living in Georgia is considerably less than in many other states. While the Program covers most academic expenses, you will be responsible for any University fees.

For more information about the M.D./Ph.D. program, please visit the AU-MCG M.D./P.hD. Program site.