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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.

Leadership Position

# Reps/ Term Length

Year in Program Required

Current MSTP Student Rep(s)


Year Term Ends


M1/M2 Curriculum Committee (MD)

1 rep,

2 years

None, good fit for M2 or G1

Jake Stevens (2021)

Alternate: Laura Tweedie

Directs and monitors M1/M2 curriculum and coordinates with LCME objectives

M3/M4 Curriculum Committee (MD)

1 rep,

2 years

G1 or above

Tammy Gonzalez (2021)

Directs and monitors M3/M4 curriculum and coordinates with LCME objectives

Clinical Core Competencies Team (MD)

1 rep,

2 years


Akaljot Singh (2021)

Alternate: Robert Kleven

Directs and monitors clinical experiences in M1-M4 and coordinates with LCME objectives

Educational Policy Committee (MD)

1 rep,

2 years

G1 or above, M3 preferred

Keith Saum (2020)

Oversees changes to curriculum/educational policy proposed by MD committees

Admissions Committee (MD)

2 reps,

2 years

G1 or above

Alison Jarmas (2020) Lauren Falkenberg (2020)

Reviews applications & meets during MD admission season to discuss

Steering Committee (MSTP)

2 reps,

2 years

None, good fit for G2 or G3

Calvin Chan (2020)

Zana Percy (2021)

Ben Wissel (SGC Chief)

Hears and discusses reports from other MSTP committees & makes decisions for the future of the MSTP

Admissions Committee (MSTP)

3 reps,

3 years

None, good fit for G1 or G2

Ayad Ali (2020)

Kurtis Stefan (2021)

Stan DeVore (2022)

Reviews applications and meets weekly to discuss, plans & conducts interviews

Enrichment Committee (MSTP)

2 reps,

2 years


Pablo Alarcon (2020)

Rohit Rao (2020)

Jake Stevens (2021)

Plans fall/spring retreats & distinguished lecturer events

Promotion Board (MSTP)

2 reps,

2 years

G3 or above

Bryan Maliken (2020)

Camille Sullivan (2021)

Reviews student progress

Pathway Committee (MSTP)

2 reps,

2 years

None, prefer postqual students

Michael Petrany (2021)

Alison Jarmas (2021)

Reviews proposals for dissertation and senior projects

Chief Officer (SGC)

1 rep,

1 year

Graduate years only

Ben Wissel (2020)

Create agenda & lead SGC meetings, represent MSTP at meetings, communicate between MSTP positions, run elections, steering committee

Information Officer (SGC)

1 rep,

1 year

G1 or above

Jackie Ehrman (2020)

Take minutes for SGC meetings, maintain shared drive, categorize and share books and notes for M1-M4

Social Officer (SGC)

1 rep,

1 year


Amanda McGann (2020)

Alex Feldman (2020)

Organize new student welcome picnic, coordinate informal events, collect levy and spend where appropriate