Overview

The College of Medicine's Master of Science in Medical Science Program (MMSP) offers physicians-in-training at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital the opportunity to prepare for research careers in academic medicine through pursuit of a core curriculum, individualized electives and seminars, as well as a mentored research project. The program provides an opportunity for promising clinically trained individuals to develop into independent biomedical academicians by facilitating the transition from postdoctoral training to a career as an independent investigator and educator.


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Course requirements

Core curriculum
  • Research Methodology or Research Design (two courses)
  • Statistics (one course)
  • Ethics (two courses)
  • Grant Writing or Science Communication (two courses)
  • Health Care Management/Policy electives
Department courses
  • Currently scheduled educational conferences (morning review, conferences, grand rounds)
  • Supervised laboratory research
  • Independent study – mentored courses


Program requirements

  • Explicit and direct endorsement of a program director and chair for trainees from a specific program to be enrolled
  • Must be an “integral part” of an individual fellowship program
  • Minimum 30 credit hours
    • Maximum 10 credit hours/semester (maximum allowed for university benefit)
    • Program to cover one to two academic years (minimum of three semesters) with “in class” time limited to three semesters
    • Complete within five years from the date of matriculation into the program
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in all coursework. Some courses may be taken as pass/fail
  • Student submits a proposed course of study to Graduate Studies Committee for approval
  • Student submits a paper, abstract or poster for presentation at a state, regional or national meeting or submit a paper or abstract for publication
  • Student presents their “submission” to the Graduate Studies Committee and his or her advisor prior to program completion
  • Student submits an abstract for presentation at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Graduate and Postgraduate Research Day (April)
  • Student submits an abstract for presentation at the Department of Surgery's Annual Research Conference (May)
Application process

Application process

Apply to Master of Medical Science Program

I. Application process

The Ohio State University’s Graduate Admissions Application Quick Guide is located online at http://admissions.osu.edu/apps/pdfs/checklist.pdf. Applicants must meet the following minimum graduate and program admission standards:

  • An earned cumulative grade-point average (GPA) equivalent to at least 3.0 out of 4.0 (or B) in all previous undergraduate and graduate course work
  • MD or DO required and must be pursuing an approved Ohio State clinical residency or clinical fellowship
  • English proficiency for international applicants and those who have held the status of U.S. Permanent Resident for less than one year
  • Applicants, whose native language is not English, must submit a recent, official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) score
  • Minimum English proficiency requirements are as follows:
  1. At least 550 on the paper-based (213 on the computer-based) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or
  2. At least 82 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
Apply to the graduate school 

A. Order official transcripts from ALL institutions you have attended and earned college credit – even if it was earned while still in high school. Request that one set of official transcripts be sent directly to you and one set of official transcripts be sent directly to:

Anna Patterson
Program Coordinator, General Surgery
Department of Surgery
395 W. 12th Ave., Room 662
Columbus, OH  43210

NOTE: Ohio State students do not have to submit Ohio State transcripts.

B. Obtain three letters of recommendation written on the recommender’s original letterhead stationery, accompanied by the completed Ohio State reference forms to upload to your application.
  • One letter from the residency/fellowship program director
  • One letter from the trainee’s advisor/research mentor
  • One letter from a faculty member
C. Prepare the additional graduate program materials and provide:
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Intent (This should be one page that highlights why the resident/fellow wants to pursue the Master’s degree, his/her research interests, long-range plans, etc.)
  • Test scores (the MMSP uses the MCAT scores in lieu of the GRE – please supply a copy of your MCAT scores directly to Anna Patterson)
D. Complete the OSU Graduate School Application form. There is a $40 application fee for domestic applicants or $50 for international applicants.

II. Send directly to the Graduate Studies Committee chair or program coordinator:

  • Copy of your MCAT scores
  • Copy of the completed online application form
  • Copies of the three letters of recommendation written on recommenders’ original letterhead stationery, accompanied by completed Ohio State Reference Forms
  • Copy of current Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of the Statement of Intent
Ginny L. Bumgardner, MD, PhD                          
Graduate Studies Committee Chair               
395 W. 12th Ave., Room 166                    
Columbus, OH 43210                                    

Anna Patterson
Program Coordinator 
395 W. 12th Ave., Room 662 
Columbus OH 43210
614-293-8703

Graduation Checklist

Master of Medical Science Program checklist

Prior to graduation
  1. Register and enroll for at least three graduate credit hours during the semester in which graduation is expected
  2. Complete and submit the online Application to Graduate form by the date specified by the graduate school (generally no later than the second Friday of the semester in which graduation is expected. Late applications will not be accepted - no exceptions)
  3. Complete the required minimum number of credit hours (30 credit hours) for your program
  4. Earn a graduate cumulative point hour ratio of at least 3.0
  5. Make an oral presentation (pre-Grand Rounds presentation) on your research to the Graduate Studies Committee and your research advisor
  6. Present your research at Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
  7. The Graduate Committee members will complete the graduate school’s online Master's Examination Report form no later than the date specified by the graduate school (generally two weeks prior to commencement)

MMSP executive committee

MMSP executive committee

Ginny Bumgardner, MD, PhD

Ginny Bumgardner, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery
Chair, MMSP Executive Committee
Director, Master of Medical Science Program
Associate Dean for Research Education

614-293-6177

Suite 100
395 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210-1267

Mark Arnold, MD

Mark Arnold, MD
Professor of Clinical Surgery
Vice Chairman for Surgical Education, Department of Surgery
Director, General Surgery Residency Program

614-293-8133

N-737 Doan Hall
410 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210-1228

Gail Besner, MD

Gail Besner, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery
Nationwide Children's Hospital

614-722-3914

700 Children's Drive, ED 321
Columbus, OH 43205-2664

Joanna Groden, PhD

Joanna Groden, PhD
Professor, Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics
Associate Dean, College of Medicine

614-688-4301

986 Biomedical Research Tower
460 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Timothy Pawlik, MD, MPH, PhD

Timothy Pawlik MD, MPH, PhD
The Urban Meyer III and Shelley Meyer Chair for Cancer Research
Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery

614-293-8701

395 W. 12th Ave., Room 692
Columbus, OH 43210-1267

Mark Wewers, MD

Mark Wewers, MD
Professor, College of Public Health
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Professor, Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics
Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute

614-293-4925

473 W. 12th Ave., suite 201
Columbus, OH 43210
MMSP curriculum committee

MMSP curriculum committee

Carl Schmidt, MD

Carl Schmidt, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Co-Chair, MMSP Curriculum Committee

614-293-5644

M-256C Starling-Loving Hall
320 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210-1240

Haikady Nagaraja, PhD

Haikady N. Nagaraja, PhD
Professor and Chair, Biostatistics
College of Public Health

240 Cunz Hall
1841 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Jeffrey Parvin, MD, PhD

Jeffrey Parvin, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
Co-Director, Biomedical Sciences Program

614-292-0523

250 Lincoln Tower
1800 Cannon Drive
Columbus, OH 43210

Contact

Anna Patterson
Program Manager, Department of Surgery
614-293-8703
Anna.Patterson@osumc.edu

395 W. 12th Ave, Room 668
Columbus, OH 43210


Ginny L. Bumgardner, M.D., PhD, FACS
Director, Master of Medical Science Program
Associate Dean for Research Education
Ginny.Bumgardner@osumc.edu

395 W 12th Ave, Rm 166
Columbus, Ohio 43210

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