MD/PhD Program (MSTP)

​The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) is designed for highly qualified candidates who wish to obtain both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees and to pursue careers in basic medical research. Selection for this program is national in scope and is not restricted to residents of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, or Idaho. Applicants must be US citizens or currently hold permanent resident status.

Approximately 10 medical scientist trainees are accepted per year. Potential trainees are interviewed by a single MSTP admissions M.D. and Ph.D portions of the program. Each trainee is permitted a wide choice of research specializations from among numerous disciplines and interdisciplinary areas of biomedical research.

The typical program is seven to eight years in duration and emphasizes continuity of both clinical and basic science exposure. 

Participating graduate departments include, but are not limited to, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biostatistics, Biological Structure, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Genome Sciences, Global Health (Pathobiology), Immunology, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology and Biophysics. The participating interdepartmental and affiliate programs are Neurobiology and Behavior and Molecular and Cellular Biology. Our students conduct research in diverse research facilities including the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Harborview Medical Center, and Benaroya Research Institute. 

Medical Scientist Training Program Application

The Medical Scientist Training Program application is available to all qualified U.S. applicants. After the University of Washington School of Medicine receives the AMCAS application, applicants must submit an MSTP preliminary application by visiting the MSTP website

AMCAS applications must be submitted by the October 15th deadline. Applicants must list their interest in the UW MD/PhD program.

All UW MSTP applications must be complete (including supplemental materials) by January 3, 2016. Please contact the MSTP office with any questions.