About MSTP

UW MSTP History

The Medical Scientist Training Program in the United States began in 1964 with the realization that translating basic science to patient care would require a national cadre of investigators with rigorous education in both science and medicine. The University of Washington, although at the time a very young medical school, established one of the first MSTPs, with continuous NIH support since 1970. Our MSTP has had five directors in its history:  George Martin, M.D., founding director; Seymour Klebanoff, M.D.; Gary Striker, M.D.; Larry Loeb, M.D., Ph.D.; and now Marshall Horwitz, M.D., Ph.D.

Alumni of the UW MSTP form a substantial part of the faculty of the UW medical school. Most of our graduates had never lived in the Pacific Northwest before joining our program. Many came to love this place and to remain here. Others of our graduates are well-represented nationally on the faculties of other major medical schools, research universities, and research institutes.

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