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Growth and Development Training Program - MD/PhD

Division: Pritzker School of Medicine
Degree Type: PhD/MD

Program Description

The Growth and Development Training Program (GDTP) is a unique opportunity available to Pritzker School of Medicine students who decide to pursue an advanced PhD degree after they have started medical school. The program, which began over 36 years ago, received the first NICHD Mentor Award for Excellence in Research Training in 2003.

Federally funded by the National Institutes of Health, GDTP requires U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.


Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application. Paper applications are not accepted.


Current Pritzker students apply to GDTP during the first or second year of medical school.



Costs & Financial Aid

Trainees in the program may receive up to five years of full tuition support and a living stipend. This usually encompasses three years of the PhD phase of training, and the remainder of their MD training (the two clinical years). Additional years of graduate training will be supported through research funds available from trainee advisors or other sources.