Applications are welcomed from students from many different backgrounds, including the principal science disciplines (e.g. chemistry or biology); the disciplines of medical sciences (e.g. pharmacology, biochemistry and microbiology); or non-medical disciplines such as kinesiology, economics, computer science or engineering. Candidates with previous experience in research, perhaps through summer research training, should detail that experience in their application.
A student wishing to get acceptance into the program needs to satisfy the admission requirements for both the MD program and the graduate program in their fields of study. The match-up of student with supervisor and project is tailored to each student. Preliminary explorations can be undertaken by candidates with prospective supervisors, and the MD/PhD committee can help to make the final decision. The recommendation for acceptance to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is the responsibility of that committee.