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About the Conference

Each year, the University of Colorado Medical Scientist Training Program sponsors and coordinates the National MD/PhD Student Conference. Organized by the 3rd year MSTP students, the conference provides an opportunity for MD/PhD students around the country to present their work and interact with other students and prominent scientific investigators. What began as a small meeting in 1986 has grown into a gathering of over 200 students, faculty, and alumni from over 60 academic institutions in the United States and Canada.


2015 early registration dates: Feb 23 - June 15

2015 late registration deadline: July 1

Cancellation with Refund deadline: June 15

Abstract deadline for oral presentations/travel awards: Feb 23 - May 15    

About​ the Speakers

We are pleased to announce that 2015 MSTP Student Conference speakers will include Dr.'s Robert Califf, Elaine Fuchs, and Bernardo Sabatini. Please check back for further details.

About Keystone

What happens other than famous scientists giving talks? There will also be a career panel, poster sessions, optional outdoor activities, and breakout sessions covering topics of interest to MD/PhDs. This year these will include: Scientific Presentation Techniques, Grant-Writing Techniques, Biotechnology and Industry, Entering Residency and Fellowship, and Approaching Bioinformatics Analysis.

How long should I plan on staying for the conference? Conference check-in opens at 2 pm and activities begin at 5 pm on Friday, July 17th.The conference concludes late Sunday evening and we recommend you plan to stay in Keystone through Monday morning, July 20.

How far Keystone is from Denver International Airport? 98 miles, or about 2 hours in normal traffic. You should plan flying in around noon on Friday, July 17th. Google Map 

How do I get to Keystone? Colorado Mountain Express is a shuttle service that is offering discounted rates to Keystone for conference attendees. Shared Ride Shuttles depart daily every 90 minutes.

Denver Intl. Airport to Keystone -- 9:30am-9:30pm
Keystone to Denver Intl. Airport -- 5:15am-5:45pm

Phone: 1-800-525-6363
Discount rate: $52 each direction.
Discount Code: MDPhD

Where should I stay? Lodging can be booked through Keystone Resort on their website, or via their toll-free conference line at 800-258-0437. Be sure to mention our group code (CN3MS4) to receive a discount!  The discounted rates will be honored up to 3 days before and 3 days after the meeting dates, based on availability.
For further information visit their website at

What should I bring with me? 
Sunscreen and Water BottleThe elevation at Keystone ~9,300 ft. It's easy to get dehydrated, so drink plenty of water. This NEJM article​ has more information.
JacketAverage July high and low are 74°F and 39°F. On Sunday morning there will be optional conference activities, some of which are outdoors. It might rain.  
Scientific Curiosity: It is a science conference, after all. 

Invitation Letter

It is with great pleasure that the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus invites you to attend the 30th Annual National MD/PhD Student Conference.  The Conference will take place July 17-19 in Keystone, Colorado.  Over the past 30 years, the conference has brought MD/PhD students from across North America to Colorado to share their research, hear featured speakers, participate in small groups, interact with a career panel and enjoy the Rocky Mountains.  Participants have the unique opportunity to network with their fellow MD/PhD students, meet leading researchers, and consider the evolving role of the physician scientist.

As in the past, we have invited a group of distinguished speakers from a variety of disciplines. These featured speakers will address topics in both basic science and translational research. In addition, student oral presentations and poster sessions will ensure that a wide spectrum of topics are discussed including, but not limited to, cancer biology, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, bioengineering, developmental biology, and public health. The career panel will include physicians and scientists from both academia and industry who will offer a variety of perspectives on career development for MD/PhD students, including a new methods workshop highlighting emerging technologies in biomedical research.

The program includes free time to enjoy the spectacular surroundings of the conference venue. Summit County and the nearby cities of Keystone, Dillon, Silverthorne and Breckenridge allow for outdoor exploration, shopping and social gatherings after hours. Hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and other adventure activities are conveniently located near the conference site and are incorporated into the conference.

Ten Diversity Travel Awards will be given to conference attendees. We strongly encourage students to apply for these $1000 awards that cover registration and travel expenses. Additional awards may be provided.

We hope that you will join us at this year's conference and find it as valuable as past attendees have. Please contact us with any questions.


The 2015 Organi​zing Committee



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