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  Sep 25, 2017
 
2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Medical Scientist Training Program, MD/PhD


The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) offers exceptionally talented individuals the opportunity to undertake a physician-scientist training program tailored to their specific research interests. Our primary directive is to create future biomedical investigators by providing the highest quality graduate medical training. This program offers a range of special services and opportunities to facilitate the completion of a dual degree (MD/PhD). In addition to efficiency, the close integration of clinical and basic science training better reflects the future careers of biomedical scientists. Information regarding the application process can be found on the MSTP web site.

The MSTP program has many unique aspects of the curriculum, designed to integrate MSTP education through courses such as molecular medicine, the research basis of medical knowledge, professional development, ethics, and longitudinal clinical clerkships. MSTP students begin training to become physician-scientists from the very first week, and are well advised about possible courses and research opportunities. Descriptions of additional MSTP courses are available on the MSTP website under Additional Courses

Given the breadth of research and clinical programs available in the MSTP, it is impossible to define a single path to the combined degree. Nevertheless, the timeline available on the program’s web site is an example of the efficiency gained by a well-integrated program.