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Department of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology

Special Master’s Program in Physiology

  • Physiology Class of 2017
  • Physiology Class of 2016
  • White Coat Ceremony


The application period for the
2017–18 academic year
is now closed.

The application portal for the 2018–19 academic year will open on October 1, 2017. Review of applications for admission will begin on December 1, 2017. Applications must be completed by May 20, 2018.


The master's (MS) in physiology is a one-year program designed to help college graduates strengthen their academic credentials in preparation for application to U.S. medical schools (please see our success rate table). The cornerstone of the MS program curriculum provides our students with a significant integrated experience with first-year medical students (M1) at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Additionally, students are paired with faculty and peer mentors who help guide each student throughout the year.

Our master's program is approximately 11 months in duration (it begins in mid August and ends in late June). Participants can only enroll in the program as full-time students.

While there is no guarantee that completion of this program will lead to acceptance to medical school, the master's program provides credentials that allow for direct comparison of our graduates to current medical school students at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Why Cincinnati?

Since 2007, we have helped nearly 90% of each graduating class gain acceptance to medical school. While there are no guarantees, the MS in Physiology program provides a direct comparison with medical students and will significantly strengthen your application credentials. Here are some quick facts about our program:

  • Our small class size (32 students) allows us to devote significant resources to each student.
  • Over half of the year is spent alongside medical students, taking the same classes and working alongside them.
  • The Program Director writes periodic updates on each student and sends them to the school(s) of their choosing.
  • Our Capstone Project offers the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty adviser on a comprehensive literature or laboratory-based project.
  • The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine is a consistently highly ranked, well-respected medical school, and is the second oldest public medical school in the country (founded 1819).
  • Cincinnati is an affordable and fun city to live in, with a plethora of beautiful parks and diverse social offerings.


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Recent News from the Master’s Program

SMP Alumnus and current UCCOM M2 student awarded the 2016 Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship.

Patrick Lee

Patrick Lee, a 2015 graduate of the Special Master's Program in Physiology, was recently featured in the UC Health Newsletter as a recipient of this prestigious Fellowship. Read about Patrick Lee

SMP Grads Elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS)

The purpose of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) is to promote a culture of humanism in the practice of medicine by publicly recognizing students, residents and faculty whose clinical competence and professionalism include exceptional humanistic behavior and commitment to service.

Each spring, the UC College of Medicine’s chapter of GHHS recognizes those students who at the end of their third year have demonstrated exemplary attitudes and behaviors characteristic of the most humanistic physicians: integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect, empathy, and service. Read about GHHS

We are proud to have the following SMP graduates among the GHHS Class of 2017:

Farah Dababhoy
Zuri Hemphill
Arjan Hura
Shama Milon