The MSTP is an innovative program funded by the National Institutes of Health to train the next generation of leaders in biomedical research and academic medicine. It is an outstanding training program for anyone interested in shaping the future of medicine, science, and healthcare.
Indeed, with recent and ongoing discoveries in the fields of stem cells and regenerative medicine, genomics and personalized medicine, and bioengineering, I believe we have embarked on a new Golden Age of Medicine. We will soon see a time when previously incurable diseases suddenly become manageable or even curable. We are already seeing, for example, how robotics and computer are helping previously paralyzed people to stand again or move their limbs.
However, in order to translate these new and exciting technologies into treatments for a range of chronic and life-threatening conditions and diseases, there is a critical need physicians who also have training in basic and clinical sciences to help shepherd these technologies from the bench to the beside. Only if we can fill this pipeline will this New Golden Age occur.
This dual-degree program is truly unique in that it gives medical students not only a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to become successful clinical researchers but it also exposes them to the remarkable array of talented academic medicine leaders, researchers, and resources available here at the School of Medicine. It is an experience you will receive few other places.
As we embark on this new Golden Age of Medicine, I invite you to join us on this very exciting journey.
E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA
Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland
John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and
Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine