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Dear Prospective Student:

Thank you for inquiring about the Medical Scientist Training Program.  The MST Program is an eight-year program for highly motivated students interested in a career in academic medicine.  The successful student receives both the MD and PhD degrees at the completion of this curriculum.

During the first two years, students take a combined medical and graduate student basic science curriculum designed to provide the scientific basis necessary to both biomedical research and medical practice.  They also rotate through at least two research laboratories to obtain substantive research experience prior to the choice of a laboratory for thesis work.  During the subsequent two to four years, the students enter a graduate program in one of the basic science departments, fulfilling the requirements for the PhD including successful defense of a dissertation and publication of at least one major papers in peer-reviewed journals.  In the last portion of the program, the students return to the medical school curriculum to obtain their clinical training.

Accepted students receive full funding, including a stipend, tuition and fees for the entire period of study. Residents of all 50 states are eligible to apply.  


Arthur Gutierrez-Hartmann, MD
Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
Professor of Medicine and of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics