MSTP funding is not available to students who have already completed a PhD. Thus, PhD holders should apply to the School of Medicine for an MD degree. Once accepted, students can participate in MD-PhD Program specific events like the Annual Retreat and Herlong Rounds.
No, the research essay required for the AMCAS primary application is sufficient.
No. Hopkins does not accept transfer students to the MD-PhD Program.
Hopkins is committed to each student’s success in his/her studies and preparation for entering medical research specialties of their choosing. Particular emphasis is directed at developing patterns of lifelong learning that promote individual excellence. Grades and written evaluations are used to assess each student’s performance in formal course work. Grading is on a Pass/Fail system. However, grades are used primarily for internal assesment, and class ranking is not distributed to residency programs. Please be aware that many institutions that aggressively advertise a “pass-fail curriculum” still maintain a four-interval grading system during the clinical years and ultimately rank students on their clinical and pre-clinical performance.
Furthermore, to de-emphasize their importance, grades are not routinely distributed to students. Students who are not doing well in a particular course are contacted and offered remedial help. Most importantly, the nature of the curriculum encourages students to work together in small groups. Among the medical students, there is an overwhelming sense of cooperation and camaraderie. During your interview day and revisit experiences, you will be given ample opportunity to meet current students and evaluate the environment for yourself.
To be eligible for support through the Medical Scientist Training Program, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (hold a green card, or form I-551). Due to federal restrictions on the use of MSTP funds, the School of Medicine cannot provide financial aid for international students. However, foreign students may be offered non-funded placements in the program. For more information, please see information for international students on the Medical School Admissions Committee web site.
No. Medical school course requirements are available here. It is up to each student to ensure that they have completed the requirements before matriculation.
In general, MD-PhD admissions requirements are the same as medical school admissions requirements, although successful applicants tend to have more research experience.
Unlike most institutions, Johns Hopkins has an entirely separate MD-PhD applicant review process. Applicants do not need to be evaluated by the Medical School Admissions Committee to be accepted, although the School of Medicine’s Admission Committee may select one of the faculty interviewers.
As a result, a student is not automatically reviewed for MD-only admissions if they are rejected for the MD-PhD Program. Exceptional students will be passed on to the Medical School Admissions Committee, however this is by no means guaranteed.
Selection factors include proven academic achievement, experience in and commitment to research, and strong personal qualities. The MD-PhD Committee does not require a minimum grade point average or MCAT score. Johns Hopkins also places a high value on the activities, experience, and personal qualities of the applicants. Individuals who have unusual talents, demonstrate leadership, creative abilities, and significant humanitarian experience are sought. Johns Hopkins welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds and all sections of the country. A typical medical school class at the Johns Hopkins University has a size of 120 students (including 10-12 MD-PhD students) representing 25-30 states, 22 foreign countries, and 50-60 different colleges.