Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

The Medical Scientist Training Program – our MD/PhD track – develops physician-scientists who will spend most of their time doing research while still caring for patients. Established in 1956, this was the first MD/PhD program in the country, created nearly a decade before the NIH developed the Medical Scientist Training Program to similar training. 


A combined MD/PhD program in biomedical sciences, the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) is available for students desiring research careers in medicine and related biosciences. This program takes seven to eight years to complete, depending on the time needed to complete the PhD dissertation research. Financial support includes a stipend and full tuition support.

Candidates must meet established prerequisites for admission to both the School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Studies. Criteria include demonstrated capabilities in research and superior undergraduate academic credentials. Applicants must have either U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status to be considered for admission to the MSTP. Information can be obtained by contacting the MSTP program or from the program website. Admissions are coordinated via the School of Medicine admissions program and the AMCAS application.