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M.D.-Ph.D. Program

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Preparing physician-scientists to translate scientific discoveries into medical solutions that improve patient care

Mayo Clinic M.D.-Ph.D. Program

The Mayo Clinic M.D.-Ph.D. Program educates students to meet the demands of a career as a physician-scientist. By combining M.D. and Ph.D. training, we prepare our graduates to be leaders in both clinical medicine and in scientific research to significantly impact the future of medicine and science. Our graduates go on to be highly successful in their respective fields of clinical medicine, research, medical education, and leadership.

Program highlights

  • Our flexible curriculum prepares students with a sound foundation in medical training to fully understand all levels of their scientific research and how it contributes to patient care and human health. Above all, it gives students the flexibility to become the physician-scientists they want to be. 
  • Students are fully supported through a unique funding model:guaranteed internal fellowship for up to eight years.
  • Mayo Clinic provides nationwide opportunities throughout three unique campuses in Rochester, Minnesota; Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona; and Jacksonville, Florida. Students are able to take advantage of opportunities at any of the three campus locations for a truly unique educational experience.
  • Modern research requires access to cutting-edge technology and research support services. Mayo Clinic provides students access to an unbelievable array of research and clinical resources.

Our program benefits from the exceptional clinical training of Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and the extraordinary research education and resources of Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Mayo Clinic is well-known for its tradition of integrating patient care, research, and education. These connections are reflected throughout our curriculum, student experiences, opportunities, and graduate outcomes.

Arnaldo Mercado-Perez

Arnaldo Mercado-Perez

Medical Scientist Training Program: At-a-glance

Medical Scientist Training Program: At-a-glance

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#9 best medical school

in the nation for research (2019-2020) as ranked by U.S. News & World Report

2019 best graduate school rankings

a top school for biological sciences as ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Our vision for the Mayo Clinic M.D.-Ph.D. program is to fully integrate the medical school and graduate school experiences, thereby creating synergy in the activities leading to both degrees.

Kendall Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Scott Kaufmann, M.D., Ph.D., and John Fryer, Ph.D.
Program Directors

Training locations

Students have the ability to enroll at the Minnesota campus or the Arizona campus, while taking advantage of several opportunities on the Mayo Clinic Florida campus. This allows for a truly unique and customized educational experience.

Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) designation in Rochester, Minnesota

The Mayo Clinic M.D.-Ph.D. Program has been educating physician-scientists since 1986. In 2003, Mayo Clinic received funding as a Medical Scientist Training Program site from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. It is currently one of 50 M.D.-Ph.D. programs funded by the National Institutes of Health.

M.D.-Ph.D. Program in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona

The incoming class of 2021 will be the first class to enroll in the M.D.-Ph.D. program on the Arizona campus. The Arizona campus is in a period of rapid growth as Mayo Clinic is increasing activities as part of a massive expansion in education, research, and clinical care.

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