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Medical Scientist Training Program

How to Apply

2019 Admission Dates

(There is no fee for MD/PhD ONLY applications; see "Fees" section below for more information.)


AMCAS Application Open for Editing

Early May

AMCAS Deadline 

October 15, 2018
(Our AMCAS deadline for each
application cycle is mid-October)

MSTP Secondary Deadline

October 31, 2018

Interview Weekends 2018-2019

October 25-27, 2018
November 8-10, 2018  
December 13-15, 2018 
January 17-19, 2019 

Second Visits 2019

March 21-23, 2019 
April 11-13, 2019

Accepted Applicants Acceptance Deadline

April 30, 2019


  • Eligible applicants will be United States citizens or permanent residents (with a permanent residency visa). 
  • Candidates must apply to the University of Cincinnati MSTP through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and subsequently complete the MSTP Secondary Application**. Applicants will have the opportunity to apply to both the MD/PhD program and the MD program when completing the Secondary Application.


  • For applicants who choose ONLY to apply to the MD/PhD program (not both the MD and MD/PhD programs), there is no secondary application fee.
  • For applicants applying to BOTH the MD/PhD and MD programs, an application fee ($100) is charged. This MD secondary application fee ($100) may be waived** for those who, without financial assistance, would be unable to also apply to the medical school.  If you believe that you meet this criterion you may request a fee waiver.   

Letters of Reccomendation

  • The MD/PhD program requires a minimum of one (1) packet from your pre-professional committee or three (3) letters from individuals who can properly evaluate you.
  • At least one (1) letter should come from an individual(s) who served as a research mentor or advisory capacity in research.
  • A maximum of 5 letters may be sent.

Each year the program receives approximately 200 applications. 50-60 applicants will be invited to interview for 9 available MD\PhD student positions. Applicants with a GPA greater than 3.5, MCAT score above the 80th percentile, and significant research experience (e.g., honors thesis, postgraduate work) are considered competitive. However, each application is given individual consideration.

There are two special fellowships for which applicants can be considered:

  1. Jeffrey A. Whitsett Physician-Scientist Training FellowshipThis outstanding applicant with a declared interest in pediatrics and pediatric research will perform his/her PhD training in the Molecular & Developmental Biology Graduate Program. Applicants must apply to be considered for this fellowship: Whitsett Fellowship Application
  2. Albert B. Sabin Physician-Scientist Training FellowshipThis unique fellowship is awarded by the Immunology Graduate Program to a MSTP applicant with a demonstrated strong interest and commitment to research in immunology or related areas. Applicants must apply to be considered for this fellowship: Sabin Fellowship Application


Transfer Applicants 

  • From MD:

    Current M2 students at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine are eligible to apply to join the Cincinnati MSTP. This is an internal application process. Interested M2s should email to request an application. Applications will be available after July 1st. Please note that internal applicants will be placed in the same pool as applicants not currently enrolled in the UC College of Medicine.

For additional information contact:
Medical Scientist Training Program

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Whitsett Fellow 2015

2014 Whitsett Fellow, Michael Petrany, and Dr. Jeffrey Whitsett, Co-Director, Perinatal Institute, Chief, Section of Neonatology, Perinatal and Pulmonary Biology at Cincinnati Children’s, and Professor in the UC Department of Pediatrics. 

Whitsett Fellow 2016

2015 Whitsett Fellow, Akaljot Singh, with Dr. Jeffrey Whitsett, Co-Director, Perinatal Institute, Chief, Section of Neonatology, Perinatal and Pulmonary Biology at Cincinnati Children’s, and Professor in the UC Department of Pediatrics. 

Sabin Fellow 2016

2016 Sabin Fellow, Anastassia Tselikova, with Dr. David Hildeman, Director, Immunology Graduate Program at Cincinnati Children's and Professor in the UC Department of Pediatrics.