The MD/PhD program aims to create innovative, comprehensively trained physician scientists prepared to play a key role in the translation of scientific findings to clinical research. The curriculum includes two years devoted to the basic science courses of the Medical School and to one major graduate school course. This is followed by three to four years of graduate study, supplemented by an ongoing clinical tutorial and by a final 13-14 month "Clinical Year". It is expected that students will complete both degrees in seven years with some students taking eight years and a rare student completing the degree in six years.