Students in the UC Davis Physician Scientist Training Program must fulfill the requirements for both the M.D. and the Ph.D. degrees. The typical PSTP student will enter medical school and complete the first two years of the pre-clinical curriculum. Students then begin their Ph.D. training in the graduate program of their choice. The completion of the Ph.D. graduate program typically takes 4 years. PSTP students are expected to write fellowship applications during their first year in graduate school. After completion of the Ph.D. degree requirements and thesis submission, the PSTP student enters into the clinical training stage of medical school, completing years 3 and 4 of the medical school curriculum. Most of our PSTP students complete the dual degree program in 8 years.