Overview

The Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) at the University of Minnesota will prepare you for a career in academic medicine with a foundation designed to strengthen the connections between health care and scientific discovery. The Program’s goal is to facilitate your training in both clinical medicine and the full range of opportunities in biomedical research, spanning the biological and physical sciences to include epidemiology. Our mission is to train a diverse group of intellectually gifted students to become physician-scientists and leaders in the global effort to preserve and restore human health.

The University of Minnesota is an urban campus with over 50,000 students, making it one of the largest, most vibrant educational communities in the United States. Opportunities for MD/PhD research training are broad, including eleven graduate school programs and over 110 faculty research preceptors. These opportunities continue to expand as we develop further connections with faculty who mentor our students. The University consistently ranks in the top ten among public universities in both research awards and expenditures, and is in the midst of a scientific facilities renaissance with the establishment of several new, state-of-the-art research facilities in an area of campus known as the Biomedical Discovery District. The District has become the center for the University of Minnesota’s research in brain disease and translational neuroscience, immunology of cancer and infectious disease, cardiovascular research, and houses the stem cell institute, and many other research groups. This combination of facilities, faculty and funding is a set stage for world-class biomedical training.

The duration of MD/PhD training is approximately eight years of full-time training and study, combining medical and graduate school coursework, basic biomedical research, defense of a PhD dissertation and extensive clinical training. The Program is rigorous and challenging, but will prepare you to be at the forefront of disease treatment and scientific discovery – en route to a faculty position at a major research university.

Upon completion of the Program, you will conduct advanced residency and fellowship training with the subsequent goal of accepting an academic faculty position in a medical school. Your daily work responsibilities as an academic physician will combine patient care in a clinical setting with protected time for research.