Message from the Director

The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) provides an exciting opportunity for students committed to academic careers as physician-scientists. Our program is run by MSTP-trained Leaders who are active physicians and funded research scientists. We seek to inspire our trainees with the passion for excellence that drives us in our work. At The Ohio State University, you will have the opportunity to train with internationally recognized scientists at an exceptional medical center. There is an increasing national focus on the need for basic, translational and clinical research related to human health and disease - a natural leadership role for the physician-scientist.

The MSTP at Ohio State works very closely with our Core PhD Programs - Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, Neuroscience Graduate Studies Program and the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program to ensure a successful training experience. 

We also take advantage of the fact that we are located on the campus of the largest land-grant university in the US to offer the option of pursuing a PhD in any appropriate graduate program on our campus. View a current list of our graduate program partners. And if you are interested in a program that is not listed, please reach out and let’s have a conversation. As a student in the MSTP, you are embarking on a journey that will enable you to have a hand in shaping the future of science and medicine.

We realize that the MD-PhD career path requires a long, demanding curriculum, and do not want financial considerations to be a distraction to the success of MSTP students. Therefore, the program provides a generous financial package for students accepted into the MSTP. This includes full funding for all years of study (for both medical and graduate school) and an annual stipend.

Needless to say, admission is highly selective and reserved for only highly talented students who are dedicated to pursuing an academic career as a physician-scientist with heavy involvement in research. If you are such a person, we would love to for you to apply. 

Although the MSTP is a challenging undertaking, we can assure you that it will provide you with a career which gives you the satisfaction of working with the individuals who are your patients, and the knowledge that discoveries you make will affect generations in the future.

There is no career which provides opportunity like an MD-PhD, so if you have the passion and the persistence, the time you invest in your training will be well worthwhile. We hope that you will take the opportunity to pursue this exciting career, and we hope to one day call you a colleague as we push back on the boundaries that limit our knowledge.

Best of luck and we hope to meet you in Columbus!

Lawrence S. Kirschner, MD, PhD, Program Director
Tamar Gur, MD, PhD, Program Associate Director