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2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 19, 2024
2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Physician Scientist Training Five-Year Non-Degree Program

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Overview: The Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is a five-year tuition assistance non-degree granting program through which students with a strong basic/translational research interest can start to build careers as physician-scientists. The PSTP website is located at

Tuition Assistance: Medical school tuition is partially covered by the program ($10,000 for each of the four years of medical school). Students do not pay tuition during their research year between MS2 and MS3.

Admissions Process: Applicants invited for an interview at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine are eligible to apply to the PSTP. A completed PSTP application consists of both the PSTP supplemental application and two research-focused letters of recommendation.

The PSTP interviews approximately 20 qualified candidates per year. Qualified applicants demonstrate a high degree of scholastic excellence, a sincere commitment to a career in academic medicine, and the potential to be a leader in biomedical research.

Program Completion Requirements

All PSTP students successfully complete paid research rotations during the summer before and after the first year of medical school, and a paid research year between the second and third years of medical school. PSTP students also participate in a longitudinal enrichment curriculum of research-oriented classes:

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