The MD/MSc dual degree program is designed for medical students with a desire to become involved with original, thesis-oriented research and provides students with additional credentials when seeking careers in specific areas of advanced medical research. Dual MD/MSc degrees are offered in the School of Medicine in the following concentrations:
The curriculum for the dual MD/MSc degrees reflect the areas of applied investigative research. Medical students who wish to obtain a dual MD/MSc degree must decelerate the preclinical medical program by six months to facilitate research activities which contribute to the MSc program. Depending on the concentration of the MSc degree at least 10 appropriate credits of the MD degree contribute to the 34 credit MSc part of the dual degree.
Much of the dual degree program’s research component is facilitated through the Research Institute of the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF), a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization located on the True Blue campus of St. George’s University. Depending on the specific area of research, studies may be conducted through community based or field studies,or within WINDREF, in departmental laboratories, or in approved laboratories at other universities or institutes. Non-thesis dual degree options are also available. A Supervisory Committee oversees the MSc curriculum and research which culminates in the production of a thesis. The MSc degree will be awarded upon the successful completion of the
10 required credits from the preclinical medical program and all prescribed graduate-level courses as outlined in the curriculum.