Medical Science

Major: Medical Science
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS) or Medical Doctor/Master of Science (MD/MS)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 62.0 (MS); 30 (MD/MS)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.9999
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9121

About the MS Program

The Master of Science in Medical Science (MMS) program is a rigorous, direct-entry two-year degree program that couples a challenging and rich curriculum with engaged and personalized student advisement. The program is designed to provide talented students with both medical knowledge and research competencies.

The first and second years of study focus on honing different skill sets. This sequence allows students to develop strong, well-rounded academic portfolios and become competitive candidates for seats in medical school or as they continue their graduate medical education.

About the MD/MS Program

The MD-MS in Medical Science (MD-MS) dual-degree program is designed to prepare physician scientists for careers as lifetime learners. The program is built on the foundation that clinical medicine and biomedical research enjoy a unique synergy. Physician scientists are uniquely poised to recognize, understand, apply, and expand clinical applications of basic research or identify novel or emerging areas of scientific inquiry that are needed to support clinical efforts.

The MD-MS degree in Medical Science would accept Drexel medical students who are in good academic standing following completion of the required medical school coursework as outlined in the plan of study and transfer them into the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies where they would be enrolled in the second year of the MMS program. At the end of this year, if they successfully complete MMSP 501S, MMSP 502S, MMSP 503S, and MMSP 504S, as well as Responsible Conduct in Research, these students are eligible for the Master of Science in Medical Science.

At the conclusion of this one year course of study, students will transfer back to the medical school to complete their requirements for the MD degree.

Additional Information

Drexel University College of Medicine
Office of Professional Studies in the Health Sciences
245 North 15th Street, Mail Stop 344, Room 4104 NCB
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215.762.4692
medicalsciences@drexelmed.edu 

Degree Requirements (MS)

Students must satisfactorily complete all coursework and conduct a full year of either bench-top or clinical research with a Primary Investigator. Successful completion of the program requires a minimum GPA of 3.0.

IMSP 502SMedicine and Society I3.0
IMSP 506SMedical Professionalism and Leadership 3.0
IMSP 513SMedical Biochemistry8.0
IMSP 522SMedical Physiology I3.5
IMSP 523SMedical Physiology II3.5
IMSP 542SMedical Microanatomy I5.0
IMSP 543SMedical Microanatomy II3.0
IMSP 562SMedical Neuroanatomy6.0
MMSP 503SResearch Seminar I3.0
MMSP 504SResearch Seminar II3.0
MMSP 501SResearch in Medical Science I6.0
MMSP 502SResearch in Medical Science II6.0
Select one statistics course from the following:3.0
Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics
Biostats In Vet Science
Introductory Biostatistics
Optional
Medical Immunology I
Medical Immunology II
Medical Nutrition
Electives6.0
Ethical Issues in Research
Intro to Clinical Trials
Scientific Writing and Medical Literature
Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research
Contemporary Issues in Human Research Protection
Designing the Clinical Trial
Innovative Product Development
Fundamentals of Compliance
Introduction to Clinical Pharmacology
Informatics in Pharm Res & Development
Healthcare in Spanish I
Healthcare in Spanish II
Biology of Cancer
The Autopsy in Clinical Forensic Medicine
Introduction to Forensic Radiology
Clinical Forensic Emergency Medicine and Traumatology
Introduction to Forensic Pediatrics
Forensic DNA Analysis
Human Osteology and Calcified Tissue Biology I
Human Osteology and Calcified Tissue Biology II
Organizational Management
Molecular Genetics
Embryology
Advanced Human Anatomy
Graduate Pharmacology
Medical Pathology I
Medical Pathology II
Total Credits62.0

Degree Requirements (MD/MS)

MMSP 501SResearch in Medical Science I6.0
MMSP 502SResearch in Medical Science II6.0
MMSP 503SResearch Seminar I3.0
MMSP 504SResearch Seminar II3.0
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
Transfer credits from MD program10.0
Total Credits30.0

Sample Plan of Study (MS)

First Year
FallCredits
IMSP 513SMedical Biochemistry8.0
IMSP 522SMedical Physiology I3.5
IMSP 542SMedical Microanatomy I5.0
IMSP 502SMedicine and Society I3.0
Optional 
Medical Immunology I 
 Term Credits19.5
Spring
IMSP 523SMedical Physiology II3.5
IMSP 543SMedical Microanatomy II3.0
IMSP 506SMedical Professionalism and Leadership 3.0
IMSP 562SMedical Neuroanatomy6.0
Optional 
Medical Nutrition 
Medical Immunology II 
 Term Credits15.5
Second Year
Fall
MMSP 503SResearch Seminar I3.0
MMSP 501SResearch in Medical Science I6.0
 Term Credits9.0
Spring
MMSP 504SResearch Seminar II3.0
MMSP 502SResearch in Medical Science II6.0
A statistics course*3.0
Minimum of 6 additional graduate level science credits from list of electives*6.0
 Term Credits18.0
Total Credit: 62.0

Sample Plan of Study (MD/MS)

Second Year
FallCredits
MMSP 501SResearch in Medical Science I6.0
MMSP 503SResearch Seminar I3.0
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
Transfer credits from MD program10.0
 Term Credits21.0
Spring
MMSP 502SResearch in Medical Science II6.0
MMSP 504SResearch Seminar II3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 30.0
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