The Mayo Clinic Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) is an M.D.-Ph.D. training program that prepares students to translate scientific discoveries into applications that improve patient care.

This challenging role requires you to develop the probing analytical skills of basic scientists and the broad knowledge base and diagnostic tools of physicians. Through the MSTP, you become a highly skilled physician-scientist engaged in leading advances in science and clinical practice.

The MSTP, offered by Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, 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.

The MSTP benefits from the exceptional clinical training of Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and the extraordinary research 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 the Medical Scientist Training Program.

Mayo Clinic MSTP facts and statistics chart

Individual F30/F31 grants/awards to current students: 5
Other grants (such as AHA): 2

2018 match:
Anesthesiology: Oregon Health & Science
Neurosurgery: Mayo Clinic, Northwestern
Internal Medicine: Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota
Diagnostic Radiology: Mayo Clinic

Average time to degree: 8.25 years

Multiple campus options

Mayo Clinic MSTP students are able to complete laboratory research rotations and Ph.D. research training at any of the three Mayo Clinic campuses — Rochester, Minnesota; Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona; and Jacksonville, Florida. Students are able to complete the final two years of medical school at the same campus where they completed the Ph.D. research training. Candidates have the opportunity to request the second look visit in Minnesota, Arizona, or Florida.

Research resources

Regarded worldwide as a premier academic medical center, Mayo Clinic has a 150-year history of contributing to the advancement of science and patient care. There are 2,000 scientist and physician faculty readily available to you across Mayo Clinic's three campuses. Research resources at Mayo Clinic are unparalleled.

With more than 500,000 patients each year and medical records and/or tissue specimens from more than 6 million patients, Mayo Clinic provides the opportunity to access a wealth of clinical material for your research. These factors create a remarkable environment in which to pursue your M.D.-Ph.D.

Students may choose one of these research programs:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering and Physiology
  • Clinical and Translational Science
  • Immunology
  • Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
  • Neuroscience
  • Virology and Gene Therapy
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