The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) is an integral part of the School of Medicine, under the aegis of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies.
The main elements include the Program Director, Associate Program Director, Program Manager and Admissions and Advisory Committee of the Program. The Admissions and Advisory Committee plays a very important role in interviewing and recruiting as well as advising and guiding the students.
By understanding the medical needs of society and related research opportunities, physician scientists who are graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine MSTP are well equipped to become future leaders in medical research.
The MD/PhD Program was established in 1983 as a distinct training opportunity under the aegis of the Dean's Office. Commencing with a small group of students (2-3 per year), the program has grown to include a steady state level of about 50 students.
Our solid record of research and clinical training is underscored by the residency placements of our physician scientists, who have competed exceptionally well for prestigious residency programs across the country. Over the years virtually all of our graduates have pursued clinical postgraduate training. Many of our recent graduates have completed residency training and are now in prestigious fellowships in Gene Therapy at NIH, Pediatric Cardiology at Yale and Pediatric Neurology at Johns Hopkins, just to name a few.
Others who have completed their training have gone on to academic appointments at outstanding institutions. Our program has established a sustained record of training first-rate physician scientists who are well-prepared to capitalize on the opportunities - and meet the challenges - in the investigation of human diseases.
The MD/PhD Program has constructed a well-conceived and thoughtfully implemented interdisciplinary training curriculum that combines clinical medicine with basic research. This approach builds upon the solid, well-formulated curricula of the medical school and graduate programs. MD/PhD students are not merely MD students with PhD training. Rather, the program provides enhancements that illuminate the inter-relatedness of clinical medicine and basic research. Additional opportunities include career guidance and mentoring experiences that allow the students to progress toward their career goals as physician scientists in an efficient and confident manner.