Medical Scientist Training Program


A baccalaureate degree is required, and significant experience in laboratory research is essential for admission. It is desirable, but not mandatory, that the minimum prerequisites for admission to UT Southwestern Medical School be supplemented by one year of college calculus and one year of physical chemistry. Potential applicants who have not had prior experience in a research laboratory should gain such experience before considering a career in academic medicine and medical research. For Medical School students, it is possible to acquire the necessary research experience after entering and to apply to the MSTP during the first or second year of medical school.

Medical Scientist Fellowships

The Medical Scientist Training Program is the recipient of a training grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health. Support for the Program also is provided by other sources. Most students accepted into the Program receive stipend support and full funding for tuition and fees.

There is no priority assigned to an applicant’s state of residency. MSTP fellows come from all over the United States, and a limited number of positions with full support are available to international applicants.

Organization of the Program

Through the course of the Program, M.D./Ph.D. fellows are enrolled in UT Southwestern Medical School or UT Southwestern Graduate School. Students who complete the MSTP will have met all requirements for the Ph.D. degree in the Graduate School and for the M.D. degree in the Medical School. The Ph.D. may be earned in one of the basic science graduate training programs within the Division of Basic Sciences. Program faculty are derived from both basic science and clinical departments of the Medical School.

The MSTP affords the student flexibility in the selection and scheduling of courses. A typical schedule would include the first two years of Medical School curriculum with summer laboratory rotations prior to and following the first year and again following the second year. The summer laboratory rotations are research apprenticeships to aid the student in selecting a research area and a mentor for research training. These apprenticeships are established by discussion with each student, the MSTP committee and the potential preceptor. They are intended to expose the student to a variety of excellent laboratories in his or her area of interest.

Application Procedure

The process for admission to the MSTP can be viewed at the MSTP website. Application to the MSTP is made via the American Medical College Application Service. Concurrent application to the Medical School alone is permissible via the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service.