For all M.D. dual degrees, except the M.D./Ph.D., the first three years are normally spent in the medical school program. Ideally, students will apply for dual degree status before enrolling in either degree program. However, M.D. students may elect to apply for admission to a recognized dual degree program at any time during their first three years in the medical school. Students who apply for admission to the medical school during their first year in another recognized dual degree may also be considered for dual degree status.
In most cases, after year three of the M.D. curriculum, students begin work on their other degree program. Depending on the other program, students may complete the second degree before returning to the medical school. The dual degree program allows students to reduce the period of time required to complete each degree separately, usually eliminating one full year of study.
Due to the blended nature of dual degree experiences, participating students are expected to abide by the School of Medicine Honor Code and to maintain the professional standards of the M.D. degree while participating in the alternate degree program, in addition to complying with any standards established by that alternate program. If a student is concerned that expectations between programs may be in conflict, s/he should confer with the associate dean for medical student affairs.