Caltech offers MD/PhD programs in cooperation with the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Caltech-USC MD/PhD Program
There is a joint program between Caltech and the USC Keck Medical School for the granting of the MD/PhD degree. Students do their preclinical and clinical work at USC, and their PhD work with any member of the Caltech faculty.
Admission to this joint program is made through the usual USC MD/PhD process, checking a box on the application to indicate interest in the Caltech option. The MD degree is awarded by USC, and the PhD is awarded by Caltech.
This joint program is run by Dr. Steven Mittleman at USC and Professor Sarkis Mazmanian at Caltech.
Caltech-UCLA Medical Scientist Training Program
A joint program between Caltech and the UCLA Medical School has been established for the granting of the MD/PhD degree. Students do their preclinical and clinical work at UCLA, and their PhD work with any member of the Caltech faculty in Biology and Biological Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, or Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Admission to this joint program is made through the usual UCLA MSTP process, checking a box on the application to indicate interest in the Caltech option. A maximum of two students per year will be accepted into the joint program. The MD degree is awarded by UCLA and the PhD is awarded by Caltech. PhD studies involving collaborations between laboratories at both institutions could lead to a joint degree, with both universities being cited.
Caltech-UCLA STAR Program
The Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) program at UCLA Medical School began in 1993 as a mechanism to enable MDs who desire academic or research positions to seriously upgrade their scientific skills. In this program, the PhD candidates have already received their MDs, finished their internships, and, in some cases, completed their medical residencies. Therefore, upon completion of the PhD, most of these people move directly into faculty positions in academic medicine. This is a cooperative program involving all clinical departments at UCLA. The Director of STAR program at UCLA is Dr. Linda Demer, an MD/PhD and chief of the Division of Cardiology.
Caltech became part of the STAR program in 1997, with one student currently on campus. Caltech STAR students receive Caltech PhDs and can enroll in any the Institute's divisions. The coordinator for the Caltech STAR program is professor Paul H. Patterson, executive officer for Biology.