Instructions: Applying to the Harvard/MIT Combined MD-PhD Program


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Submit AMCAS Application – Designate Harvard Medical School “MD-PhD Program.”

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Follow the instructions set forth by AMCAS at www.aamc.org/

On AMCAS application, complete MD-PhD essay questions that appear once you click “MD-PhD Program.”  AMCAS applications for Harvard Medical School must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) of October 15, 2018.

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AMCAS essay questions are standard for all MD-PhD Programs and must be completed.

Prepare secondary application sent to you by Harvard Medical School by October 22, 2018.

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All applicants must submit the secondary application and supporting documents by October 22 deadline.

On the secondary application, select appropriate categories for curriculum choices at Harvard Medical School: Pathways and/or HST AND MD-PhD Program.

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Students may apply to Pathways only, HST only, OR to both programs.

On the Harvard Medical School secondary application you will be asked to complete a few short questions that are pertinent to MD-PhD applicants only.

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These questions concern the graduate programs of interest to you; your research interests and the names of your research supervisors who will submit letters of recommendation on your behalf.

Some applicants in the social sciences must complete a separate application to the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

 

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The following social science PhD programs do not need to submit this application: Economics, Health Policy, History of Science, Population Health Sciences and Religion. Applicants interested in also being considered for PhD only may apply directly through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Please contact Amy Cohen (amy@hms.harvard.edu) with questions.

MD-PhD applicants are expected to have letters of recommendation from research mentors. 

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All letters of recommendation should be sent directly to AMCAS

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Social sciences applicants who need to submit a separate GSAS application will need to submit a separate set of recommendation letters to the graduate school of choice. 

Applicants are invited for interviews to take place in October-January for both MD and MD-PhD Programs.

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Committee decisions are reached in late February and offers of admissions are conveyed in early March.

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Updated: April 25, 2018