The Department also offers a combined MD-PhD program, in coordination with the Medical School. Students must be accepted by both Penn Medical School and the Department of History and Sociology of Science, and must complete all requirements for both degrees, but the program has many advantages, integrating technical and historical training, and preparing students for careers as both historical scholars and practicing physicians or researchers. Interested applicants can visit the Medical School website for general information about the MD-PhD program (which includes the option of earning a PhD in a relevant science), and can contact Maggie Krall, Director of Administration, or a member of the M.D./Ph.D. Steering Committee.
MD-PhD Program alumni include Elise Carpenter (2010) who has a Lawrence Family Medicine Residency in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Carla Keirns (December 2004), at SUNY-Stony Brook, and Chris Feudtner (1995), who is now teaching in the department and on staff at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.