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Medical Scientist Training Program

MSTP Professional Development 

Senior Physician Scientist Advisor Program

The Senior Physician Scientist Advisor Program pairs students with Senior Physician Scientist (SPS) Mentors. Students and advisors are matched based on clinical interests and research expertise. Students meet with their SPS mentors on a quarterly basis throughout MD/PhD training. This program is designed guide students in decision making and prepare them for their future careers.


Each year all students and program staff participate in two retreats, one during fall semester and the other in the spring. The fall retreat is a full-day event focused on career development. Past topics include physician scientist career pathways, career advising, creating work-life balance, integrating research into residency, and grant-writing workshops. The spring retreat consists of a program-sponsored weekend getaway to a local resort. Student presentations (oral and poster) are a large component of this event, as are building relationships among students. Special time is also dedicated to celebrate student accomplishments and honor current-year graduates. Past topics include giving effective presentations and feedback, team building and effective communication, and featured speakers such as the Director of Translational Research for the Center for Childhood Cancer Research at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Cincinnati MSTP alumnus).


Individual Development Plan (IDP)

The UC MSTP is proud to be the first MSTP in the country to have developed a web-based IDP available to all students and specific to the MD/PhD program. The IDP is designed to facilitate success in the MSTP by empowering students to develop and track their goals and milestones.

Biomedical Science Seminar

Students participate in a weekly journal club designed to bridge basic science and translational research with clinical practice. Student leaders choose journal articles for use as case studies on a given topic.

Summer Forum on Clinical & Translational Research

A weekly forum divided into three modules: Designing Research, Conducting Research, and Interpreting Research.  The final module focuses on quantitative methods. The program is in partnership with our institutional CTSA and is centered on translational research.

Interactions with Prominent Physicians and Scientists Series

While seminars and course work are important components of MD/PhD training, it is crucial that students also directly interact with prominent figures in research and medicine. The Cincinnati MSTP connects students with dynamic leaders through distinguished guest lecturers and small-group meetings. Meetings facilitate discussion of the career paths and experiences of prominent physician scientists, and provide opportunities for students to receive guidance in their individual training and career planning. 

Program Meetings

Program Meetings are bi-monthly gatherings of MSTP students, leadership and staff which foster camaraderie among students in all stages of the program. This recurring event provides a venue for regular discussion of program issues and updates, and gives students the opportunity to learn more about the scientific research of their MSTP peers through individual student presentations.  

Student Governing Council

The Student Governing Council is a group of MSTP student officers and representatives. The explicit purpose of the Student Governing Council is support of the student body, and to ultimately to help each individual student achieve his/her training and career goals. The Student Governing Council works to create an atmosphere of collegiality, a spirit of tradition, and a desire for mutual success within the Medical Scientist Training Program.