Joint MD/MSCE ProgramThe MD/Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) degree program is for University of Pennsylvania medical students interested in careers in clinical research. The goal of the program is to train individuals for successful careers as independent investigators. The comprehensive two-year clinical research training program consists of courses in clinical epidemiology, research methodology, and biostatistics; elective courses; extensive independent readings; attendance at research seminars at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB); and the completion of an independent research project. Specifically, the program is designed to:
- provide an in depth knowledge of the research techniques appropriate to clinical epidemiologic research
- provide research experience with mentors in clinical epidemiology, applying these techniques to issues of various medical specialties and subspecialties
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Course of StudyStudents accepted into the MD/MSCE degree program generally begin to take courses required for the MSCE degree after the completion of the second or third year of medical school. Upon entering the first year of the MSCE degree program, students are assigned to a faculty mentor who will act in an advisory capacity throughout that students' course of study. Advisors may assign additional readings and will work with each student to develop the required research project.
RequirementsThe requirements for the MSCE degree portion of the combined degree program, including the required core of courses, additional electives, research project, and Research Seminar, are the same as those required for the MSCE degree. The criteria for evaluation for the degree, including the Qualifications Evaluation Examination, are the same as well.
TimeframeThe MD/MSCE combined degree program can be completed in five years. The two years required for MSCE training are linked with the four year MD degree curriculum. Efficient use of flexible time and overlapping requirements enable students to complete requirements for both degrees within five years.
Acquired SkillsBy graduation, students will have obtained the following skills:
- knowledge of elements of research design, including randomized clinical trials, cohort and case-control studies, surveys and quasi-experiments
- detailed and in depth facility with one of the designs listed above, the one which will be used in the research protocol
- knowledge of the concepts of health measurement as applied to epidemiologic research
- ability to critically appraise the medical literature
- in-depth familiarity with the principles of biostatistics, especially as they apply to epidemiologic and health services research
- ability to use and interpret a variety of PC-based statistical programs for analyzing a data set
- ability to design, implement and analyze a research project