Johnie Hodge knows he wants a career focused on medical research. He also knows the importance of having access to patients.

The solution – dual degrees from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

Hodge finished the first two years of medical school before moving over to the doctoral program in biomedical sciences. He now is in the third and final year of the Ph.D. program, and plans to start his final two years of medical school this summer.

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Physician-scientists needed to help bridge gap between biomedical discoveries, patient care