MSTP Current Trainees

Each year we enroll approximately 10-12 outstanding students from a large pool of qualified applicants without regard for state of residency. To be considered for admission, a student should submit the AMCAS application, MCAT exam scores, official transcripts, and letters of recommendation.

Applicants must also have substantive experience in laboratory research through undergraduate projects, summer research fellowships, or post-baccalaureate work. Applicants should demonstrate a strong desire to pursue a research career related to medicine.

Nearly all of our graduates enter residency programs in one of the medical specialties and the vast majority are rewarded with their first choice. Thereafter, nearly all of our graduates ascend the academic ranks at medical schools throughout the country.

More than 80 percent of our graduates list research as their primary activity, usually with some clinical and teaching duties as well.

Clinical Years

The clinical training curriculum of UT Southwestern Medical School includes coursework in the elemental disciplines necessary to understand human disease at the level of cellular physiology and biochemistry.

In addition, students practice and hone clinical skills within a large complex of hospitals that includes Parkland Memorial Hospital, the Dallas County hospital serving the entire community, and one of the nation’s busiest health facilities. This array of facilities affords the student wide-ranging training and direct hands-on experience in all of today’s serious health problems.

Research Years

Following summer laboratory rotations, the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) student selects a dissertation mentor from any of the UT Southwestern research faculty.

As we believe that true research training comes only from full immersion in the research project, the student will function as a graduate student after choosing her/his laboratory. At the same time, the student remains integrated in the MSTP by attending:

  • Weekly Works-in-Progress seminars
  • Research/clinical conferences
  • Other activities that maintain the camaraderie formed among those pursuing the combined degree

The MSTP graduate student is trained in the intellectual and experimental strategies that are the hallmark of successful scientific practice. Dissertation research will culminate in results that significantly advance the state of biomedical knowledge, and the student will have the foundation of skills necessary for developing an outstanding postgraduate career as a physician-scientist.