The Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology participates in the M.D./Ph.D. Scholars Program administered by the College of Medicine. In addition, students enrolled in or accepted into the College of Medicine can apply directly to the Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology Graduate Program to work toward the combined M.D./Ph.D. degrees. Applications are reviewed by the CIP Graduate Committee separate from the College of Medicine application procedures. Admission into this combined degree program requires approval by the Dean for Graduate Studies and the Dean of the College of Medicine. The Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology will work actively with the student to develop a schedule that will make most effective use of his/her time while studying for the combined degrees; however, the general structure of the program is similar to that described at the M.D./Ph.D. Scholars website. The student should plan to spend 3-4 years working exclusively on dissertation research, and will receive stipend support during this period. For details, see the UNMC the Graduate Studies Bulletin.