Program Overview

The University of Washington Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) is a dual degree MD/PhD program between the UW School of Medicine and the UW scientific faculty. Only MD/PhD programs funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) receive an “MSTP” designation.

With the mission of training future physician-scientists to work in academic medicine, UW MSTP students spend time as medical students and as graduate students. Regardless of their program phase, they are always MSTP students.

Our program emphasizes continuity between clinical education and research. A typical timeline in the UW MSTP is the following:

MSTP Timeline:

  • Summer before medical school: First lab rotation
  • Academic year 1: Medical school year 1
  • Summer after year 1: Second lab rotation
  • Academic year 2: Medical school year 2
  • January-March of year 2: USMLE Step 1 /Begin PhD studies
  • Years 3 to 6: PhD research. PhD awarded at the end of this period.
  • Years 7 and 8: Medical school clerkships. MD awarded at the end of this period.

Typical time in the program is 8 years.