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Medical Scientist Training Program

Frequently Asked Questions


Is an MD/PhD program right for me?

If you are considering pursuing an MD/PhD, check out this video produced by the NIH to learn about the benefits of joining an MSTP program and the career pathways available to physician scientist. According the NIH, the need for investigators who are well trained in both basic science and clinical research has been and continues to be an unmet need

What makes a competitive applicant?

Applicants with a >3.75 GPA, and an MCAT score in the 85th percentile or greater are considered the most competitive, however each application is given individual consideration. Students who have significant research experience with an honors thesis, postgraduate work with publications and strong supporting letters are most desirable. 

How many applications do you receive to the program each year?

We receive approximately 200 applications per year and interview 50-60 students for 9 spots.


What is the application process?

See how to apply... 

Are MSTP applicants considered independently from medical school admission?

Yes! All applicants who apply as a “combined applicant” (those who have applied to both the MD and MD/PhD) programs are considered individually by both the medical school admissions committee and the MSTP admissions committee. If an applicant that applied as a a "combined applicant" does not receive acceptance from the MSTP, their application will then be considered by the MD program. No additional interview will be required. 

How long does it take to complete both degrees?

The average length of training is 8 years.

How will I be supported during my training?

UC’s MSTP fully funds all students for all years of the program as long as the student continues to make satisfactory progress. The program pays for the cost of 4 years of medical school tuition and fees. It also provides health insurance and a stipend which steadily increases with the cost of living. The current stipend is $27,250. The stipend during the graduate training portion is handled through the student's PhD program. 

The sources of funding include NIH training grants, college of medicine funds, graduate student assistantships and private donations. This level of support coupled with the relatively low cost of living in Cincinnati make our program highly competitive. Still have questions? Visit our Student Funding page.

How do the laboratory rotations work?

Students complete research rotations before selecting the laboratory where they will complete their PhD. Rotations encourage students to broaden their scientific interests, and allow them to select a lab that is an optimal match. Students complete a total of three rotations the summer before the M1 year and the summer before M2.