Three-Year PhD-to-MD Program

Among the Class of 2017 are the first students in the new three-year PhD-to-MD program. From left are Gloria Sheng, PhD; Siyan “Stewart” Cao, PhD; Li-Wei Chang, PhD; and Matthew Fleming, PhD. “In just the first few weeks of medical school,” Dr. Sheng says, “I’ve seen so much unexpected integration with my science background. For example, in one of our lectures we encountered a patient who was unable to degrade a specific class of sugars that I had studied in graduate school. I’m glad that I don’t have to give up anything that sparks my interest—and may be able to have a career that involves both science and medicine.”