During the graduate phase, students are formally mentored in the preparation and submission of individual pre-doctoral training grant applications. Students are also mentored by their supervising professor and their PhD dissertation committee. Students and mentors are provided with the AAMC Compact between students and mentors to facilitate a discussion of expectations. The program director encourages students and mentors to meet at least once weekly.
There is a mandatory formal evaluation every 6 months requiring at least one meeting of the students with their thesis committee during the graduate studies phase, once the student has passed the qualifier examination. The MD PhD program director also meets with each of the students twice a year across the medical and graduate phases to provide additional mentoring, career development advice and assurances for an optimal educational experience of each dual-degree students.