Careers in Medicine

Careers in Medicine is a career planning web-based program designed to help students choose a medical specialty, learn about residency programs, and apply. The program was developed for students by the Association of American Medical Colleges. It consists of four phases which guide students through the elements of career planning; assessing ones abilities and preferences, exploring a variety of medical careers, choosing a specialty, and applying to residency programs. When students choose careers which match their values, skills and interests, they tend to be more satisfied and successful in their professional lives.

The Careers in Medicine program is accessible through this web site. The address and an access code are provided to students by the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions following matriculation. Students are encouraged to visit the site often throughout medical school.

As part of the Careers in Medicine Program, the School will sponsor several presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and residency fairs during the four-year curriculum. The activities are scheduled on a regular basis beginning in Year 1 and are coordinated by the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions.

ERAS & the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (Dean's Letter)

Most students will apply for residency positions using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The application, a personal statement, letters of recommendation, a medical school transcript, and the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) are sent through ERAS to residency programs. A few programs do not participate in ERAS. For these programs, the MSPE and transcript are sent through U.S. mail. The MSPE is the official School letter of evaluation that is sent to residency programs. In an agreement with the Association of American Medical Colleges member schools, the MSPE may not be mailed before October 1. Prior to mailing the letter, it must be reviewed by the student for accuracy. Students will be notified when a draft of the letter is ready for review. Normally, all narrative comments contained in course evaluations are included in the letter. Copies are not made available to students.

The MSPE serves as the official communication between the School and residency programs. Virtually all residency programs require it before giving serious consideration to a candidate. The MSPE is not meant to serve as an unconditional student endorsement, but is an objective summary of the student's academic record.

At a minimum, the letter includes:

  • Overall course percent average after Biennium I;
  • Overall course percent average as of the date of letter;
  • Class rank as of the date of letter;
  • The score achieved on the USMLE, Step 1 exam;
  • Remediations (if they affected one's graduation date); and
  • Direct quotes from clerkship evaluations.

Students may request a MSPE through the Office of Student Affairs using the appropriate form. Students are given the opportunity to suggest activities, honors, and awards to be included in the letter.


The National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) uses a computer program to match graduating students with residency programs. The program takes into consideration the preferences of both graduating students and residency programs. Almost all School graduating students will obtain a residency position through the match. Military scholarship students obtain residency positions by applying directly to military programs outside the match.

Each year a few graduating students obtain residency positions through the San Francisco Matching Program (SFMP). The SFMP offers positions in neurotology, opthalmology, and plastic surgery which begin one year after graduation.


Graduation or the Commencement Ceremony is usually scheduled on the last Friday evening in May. To graduate or participate in commencement, students need not have completed all requirements but must be scheduled to complete all Year-4 requirements by September 1st.

The Physician Leadership Development Program

The Physician Leadership Development Program offers students management and leadership skills, as well as knowledge of health economics and population-based medicine. It is designed to develop future leaders of the health care system, including CEO's of health care organizations, such as hospitals, hospital systems, government agencies and for-profit health care companies. Students in the program attend monthly physician leadership sessions designed to improve their analytic, business and management skills.

The program is fully integrated over five years, culminating with a dual degree—the M.D. and a master's degree, such as a Master of Business Administration or a Master of Public Administration. Unlike many other M.D./M.B.A. and M.D./M.P.H. programs that are essentially year-out programs, this program begins in the first year and ends in the fifth, although most of the course work for the master's degree will be spread over the third, fourth and fifth years. The complete M.D. curriculum will be taught; there is no compromise on education for either degree. Students participate in a monthly special leadership development program through a series of seminars with other dual-degree students themed around leadership.

For more information or for an application, visit: http://www.med.wright.edu/pldp/ or call the PLDP office at (937) 258-5555.

The M.D./Ph.D. Program in the Biomedical Sciences

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in biomedical sciences at Wright State University applies to students who have an M.D. degree or who have completed (or are enrolled in) the preclinical portion of the medical school curriculum at an accredited medical school where they are still enrolled in good standing. These students are exempted from all core courses of the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program.

Listed below is a summary of requirements to earn this degree:

  1. Complete advanced courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B). Eighteen hours of advanced courses, two lab rotations, and six seminar courses are required. Depending on the area of concentration and the recommendation of the dissertation director, the student may petition to be exempted from 12 hours of advanced courses based on medical credit. Similarly, one of the two lab rotations may be exempted if the student has participated previously in a research project. The exemptions must be approved by the Faculty Curriculum Committee.
  2. Choose a dissertation director and a supervisory committee with the approval of the program director.
  3. Pass a preliminary examination as specified by the supervisory committee. The topics for the preliminary examination will be specified by the supervisory committee and generally will not be limited to the advanced curriculum taken by the student, as this may be only six hours of BMS courses.
  4. Successfully prepare a written dissertation proposal.
  5. Accumulate a minimum of 100 didactic laboratory and research quarter hours.
  6. Conduct an acceptable original research problem, submit an approved written dissertation, and make a successful public defense.
  7. Be certified by the program director as having completed all requirements for the Ph.D. Degree
  8. Meet residency requirements.
  9. Be registered in the quarter in which the degree is conferred.
  10. Present one copy of the approved dissertation to the School of Graduate Studies and one copy to the BMS program office, and
  11. Fulfill all requirements within nine years of entrance into the program.


The School actively encourages medical students to participate in research under the direction and guidance of experienced researchers. Research introduces students to lifelong learning tools, such as critical thinking, problem solving, and the use of the scientific process. During the first year, students are exposed to basic and clinical science faculty who are involved in cutting edge research. In a typical year, School of Medicine faculty receive more than $30 million in research funding in a wide variety of areas. Students are linked with faculty mentors who are strongly committed to working with students and welcome them to join their research teams. Typically, students conduct research during the summer between the first and second years. For many students, research activity continues throughout their medical school experience. Up to 25 percent of the fourth year may be devoted to research. For more information, check out the Research Learning Community website. For those interested in an in-depth research background, see the M.D./Ph.D. dual degree program.