Are you interested in the basic mechanisms underlying disease processes but also clinical medicine? Physician scientist programs are dual track, M.D./Ph.D., programs that emphasize basic biomedical research and clinical research. It takes about seven years to obtain both degrees. Graduates usually continue their training in residency programs aligned with their research field. You need substantial research experience as an undergraduate and an exemplary academic record to be considered for these programs. Since students are awarded both their tuition and an annual stipend, competition for these programs is intense. The requirements for these programs are the same as medical school but with a demonstrated dedication to basic biomedical research.