Medical Scientist Training Program

The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at UT Southwestern Medical Center trains the next generation of leaders in academic medicine by offering a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree. Each year we enroll 10-12 outstanding students from around the world who have substantive experience in laboratory research and a strong desire to pursue a research career related to medicine.

Man and woman conduct research in a lab
Researchers collaborate in a lab.

A highly integrated program, a dedicated and collegial faculty, and an unusually intense hands-on clinical experience await the prepared student.

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UT Southwestern’s MSTP recognizes the special niche the M.D./Ph.D. scientist occupies by providing a rigorous but supportive program of clinical and research training. The MSTP can accommodate differences in individual goals by flexible scheduling of the research and clinical years.

The MSTP consists of:

  • Two years of medical school curriculum
  • A minimum of three years of graduate study and dissertation research in an area of basic biomedical science, leading to the Ph.D. degree
  • Clinical studies of the final two years of medical school, leading to the M.D. degree

During their research years, students learn techniques and thought patterns of basic scientists and have the same intimate exposure to a research mentor as other graduate students.

During clinical training, M.D./Ph.D. students master clinical skills and develop the same compassion and commitment as all UT Southwestern medical students.