Through the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the College of Medicine, we help high-achieving students realize their full potential as deloping physician-scientists, starting with clinical training. MSTP students learn the basics and get practice applying medical knowledge by interacting with real patients. The experience they receive by working in a fast-paced environment and treating a wide variety of medical conditions complements their PhD program and opens the door to many career options. 

Early Experience

Early in the first year to year-and-a-half of the curriculum, Ohio State medical and MSTP students begin learning about the various body system disorders, including bone and muscle, neurological, cardiopulmonary, gastro-intestinal and renal, endocrine and reproductive disorders, and begin seeing patients who actually have these disorders early in the first and second years of their programs. This type of longitudinal practice reinforces understanding of the foundational concepts while integrating procedure-based training, history taking and physical examination. Case discussions held in small learning groups also help to integrate core foundational concepts into clinical reasoning, patient care and patient management. Anatomy is integrated across the curriculum so students learn their regional anatomy associated with the foundational and clinical science they are learning, as they apply these concepts to patients. Learn more about the LSI3 curriculum structure.

Clinical Applications

As students progress through the curriculum, they will begin to focus on gaining an understanding of patients with specialized medical needs, patients with reproductive and surgical needs, and patients within special, vulnerable populations, such as victims of abuse, addiction, poverty, low literary, etc. Students will also have the ability to develop advanced competencies in clinical management, including hospital-based care and ambulatory and relationship-centered care. An advanced clinical track allows students to experience the full spectrum of clinical application through interdepartmental rotations in specialty areas. An advanced competency track built into the curriculum gives students a dedicated block of time to pursue longitudinal studies, international rotations or research projects.