4.1 Concurrent Degrees and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Program

Concurrent Degrees and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Program Policy Statement
Students must be in good academic standing and receive permission to participate in another graduate program while enrolled in the School of Medicine in order to be eligible for consideration of concurrent degree status. The application to pursue a concurrent degree must be approved by the School of Medicine and the other graduate program’s administration.

Concurrent Degree Requirements, Procedures and Guidelines
Permission to pursue a concurrent degree is granted only if a student is progressing in a satisfactory manner in the medical school curriculum and shows evidence of being able to take on the additional workload. Participation in a concurrent degree program will delay the student’s anticipated date of graduation.

Students whose education is being supported by the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, or Wyoming may have restraints on extending their time in the medical education program due to their state’s loan repayment or service commitment contracts signed upon admission into the WWAMI program. Regional students completing concurrent degree at the University of Washington will be charged Washington’s out-of-state tuition for the non-MD graduate portion of the combined degree program.

Students pursuing an additional degree may be eligible for course waivers in the curriculum and should contact somcurr@uw.edu.

Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), which provides funding to students from a number of sources for the entire MD/PhD program, recruits from a highly qualified national pool of applicants. Application to MSTP occurs at the time of application to the University of Washington School of Medicine. Acceptance of MSTP applicants into medical school must be approved by the School of Medicine’s Executive Committee on Admissions (MSEC).

MSTP students are expected to complete the Foundations Phase and pass USMLE Step 1 prior to entering the PhD portion of their program and must complete the dissertation and receive the PhD prior to entering the Patient Care Phase. An exception in the Independent Investigative Inquiry (III) timeline is given to MSTP students, for whom a thesis or dissertation in a medical or medically-related field fulfills the III requirement. The thesis or dissertation must be completed during the graduate portion of the program and prior to entering the Patient Care Phase of the curriculum.

MD/Master of Public Health (MD/MPH)
Applicants to the concurrent MD/Master of Public Health (MD/MPH) program must be accepted by both the School of Medicine for the MD degree and by a department of the University of Washington Graduate School or School of Public Health in order to work toward a Master’s or PhD degree while concurrently working on the MD degree.

The program requires one additional full year of coursework dedicated to public health, and submission of a Master’s thesis. Application to this program occurs either at the same time as application for the MD degree or during the fall of the Patient Care Phase. Deadline dates are determined by the School of Public Health.

MD/Master of Health Administration (MD/MHA)
The MD/Master of Health Administration (MD/MHA) program requires one additional full year of coursework dedicated to health administration and the completion of a capstone project. Application to this program occurs during the fall of the Patient Care Phase. Deadline dates are determined by the School of Public Health.

Other University of Washington Concurrent Degrees:
Students with an interest in pursuing a UW concurrent degree other than the MSTP program may petition the Associate Dean for Student Affairs for permission to participate in a concurrent degree program following completion of the Patient Care Phase of the curriculum and prior to their final year of the MD curriculum.

Pursuit of Graduate Degrees at Other Institutions
Students may apply to pursue a PhD or Master’s program at another institution if in good standing or with eligibility based on progress in the MD degree. A letter of recommendation and/or permission for a leave of absence from the School of Medicine must be submitted as part of the student’s application for admission into the graduate or professional degree program at the other institution. If accepted into the program, the student is placed on a leave of absence from the School of Medicine during the duration of the graduate/professional degree program. Financial aid and deferments on educational loans while enrolled in the graduate/professional degree are managed through the institution granting the PhD or Master’s degree.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) Requirements, Procedures and Guidelines
The OMS program is a six-year education training program that certifies graduates to practice Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  Application to the OMS Program is limited to DDS students and occurs prior to matriculation at the School of Medicine. OMS students are approved by the Admissions Executive Committee (see Transfer Policy).  Students admitted to the program have completed dental school and enter into MD training with advanced standing. They must meet all of the requirements for both the MD degree and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency in order to remain in the program. Dismissal from either program for any reason constitutes dismissal from all aspects of the combined six-year program.

OMS residents are granted advanced standing status with the UW School of Medicine effective the summer quarter in which they begin their first year of the OMS residency program.

The awarding of the Doctor of Medicine degree is contingent upon satisfactory completion of all curricular requirements and academic and professional conduct requirements. The curriculum is dynamic and designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the basic sciences and a comprehensive approach to clinical medicine. The curriculum is planned to allow time for the student to pursue additional electives at the University of Washington and WWAMI-affiliated institutions in order to broaden their perspective of medicine and the world in which the physician functions. Since the field of medical science is constantly changing, the graduation requirements for the MD program set forth at matriculation may undergo modification that will apply to students already enrolled.

The requirements include satisfactory completion of such comprehensive examinations as may be adopted by the Medical School Executive Committee. Currently, the United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1 and Step 2 clinical knowledge serve this function. Passage of the Foundations and Patient Care Phase OSCEs is also required.

Academic Credit Requirements for Entering 2017 & 2018 Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) Students

Consolidation and Transition 11 credits
Intensive Foundations Review/USMLE Board Prep 9 credits
Transition to Clerkships 2 credits

Scholarly Project: Independent Investigative Inquiry (III)

6 credits
Credit is awarded by satisfactory performance of the Independent Investigative Inquiry or waiver if student received Master’s or PhD degrees with a thesis or dissertation in disciplines basic to medicine or first authors of published papers in peer-reviewed medical or scientific journals.


Patient Care 84 credits
Family Medicine 6 weeks 12 credits
Internal Medicine 12 weeks 24 credits
Obstetrics/Gynecology 6 weeks 12 credits
Pediatrics 6 weeks 12 credits
Psychiatry 6 weeks 12 credits
Surgery 6 weeks 12 credits

Explore and Focus

72 credits
Advanced Patient Care 4 weeks 8 credits
Advanced Patient Care – Subinternship 4 weeks 8 credits
Emergency Medicine 4 weeks 8 credits
Neurology or Neurosurgery 4 weeks 8 credits
Clinical Electives 20 weeks 40 credits
Total minimum credits for MD degree: 173 credits

Waived Curricular Requirements for the 2017 & Subsequent Entering OMS Classes

Foundations Phase 90 credits
UW School of Medicine MD foundational coursework met by DDS, DMD (or equivalent), CBSE score (or equivalent), and satisfactory completion of OMS intern experience

Transition to Residency

4 credits
The Transition to Residency coursework is met by OMS residency.

Grand total of required and waived credits for degree:

271 credits



Effective: Current
Last updated: March 31, 2021
Policy Contact: UW School of Medicine, Admissions Office, askuwadm@uw.edu; Curriculum Office, somcurr@uw.edu; Education Quality Improvement Office, eqi@uw.edu